Union Industries, the market leading manufacturer of the Matadoor range of Hi-speed doors, has supplied a record order to a distribution centre that has risen from the ashes of a devastating blaze. Following the massive Buncefield Oil Depot explosion in 2005 that destroyed its previous depot, Keystone Distribution UK has returned to Hemel Hempstead with a new 22,800sq m distribution centre.
The ultra modern 46-dock facility is the size of five football pitches, and will provide Keystone with the quality base to start to sell its supply chain services to food service businesses in the UK.
The purpose-built centre supplies 1,200 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the UK, and has benefitted from the installation of 14 Eiger Doors and 11 Bulldoors from Union Industries Ltd.
Union was selected for the contract as it had supplied doors at the old site, as well as other Keystone depots in Heywood and Basingstoke.
All but one of the Bulldoors are employed internally, while the Eiger Doors provide huge benefits in terms of energy savings, freezer efficiency and low maintenance costs.
Manufactured as part of the Matadoor range of Hi Speed Roller Doors, the doors are activated to open automatically at speeds of 1.7m per second, using a combination of Internal Induction Loop and External Radar Motion Sensor.
The Bulldoors boast a unique ‘Crash-out’ facility, which ensures the door remains operable if hit by a vehicle. Common to all doors in the Matadoor range, the Bulldoors are supplied with fire retardant and anti-static door blades and no fewer than 12 health and safety devices.
The Eiger Doors also feature the crash-out device as well as a patented dehumidified air circulatory system that removes the moisture that causes ice to form and keeps the drive and working parts dry and clean.
The Eiger Doors at Keystone are also used in a new concept to provide air locks between freezer areas.
Mark Weller, Chief Engineer at Keystone, said: “When it came to building the new distribution centre we wanted state-of-the art equipment and facilities. We knew from using Eiger Doors in the past that they offered excellent quality and performance, along with outstanding reliability and flexibility.”
Gary Bareham, Sales Engineer at Union Industries, said: “Good quality companies such as Keystone understand the importance of buying technologically advanced equipment that will not only contribute to the smooth running of its facilities, and reduce energy consumption and running costs, but will have a low ‘through life’ cost from which they will benefit for many years.
“We were delighted to offer our services again to Keystone and congratulate them on their continued success following the devastating fire at Buncefield.”
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