Union Industries, the UK market leading manufacturer of industrial rapid roll doors, has completed a second installation at CDS Hackner GmbH in Germany.

The Leeds-based company, which designs, manufactures, installs and maintains its own range of fast acting doors, has installed a further two heavy duty Eiger Doors as part of an extension and refurbishment project at the company’s site in Crailsheim.

Union Industries introduced its revolutionary Eiger Door to the German cold storage market at the 2008 Intercool exhibition in Dusseldorf. Following the exhibition, Union installed its first Eiger Door at CDS Hackner GmbH’s meat processing and sausage manufacturing facility. Due to the high hygiene requirements of the site, the Eiger Door was finished to a full non-standard stainless steel specification.

CDS Hackner GmbH produces and refines natural casings and animal by-products from beef, pork, and lamb and offers comprehensive solutions as a system partner in frozen food services.

One of the new installations was fitted to replace an existing problematic sliding insulated door between a chilled loading dock and a cold store area. The other door, which is 3.0m wide x 5.0m high – CDS Hackner’s largest Eiger Doors – was installed on an opening to the new cold store extension at the site.

Both Eiger Doors, which were fitted by Union Industries’ UK engineers, are operated by radio control, which opens the doors independently to their full height. They also have pull cords for use by pedestrians with hand pallet trucks, which open each door to approximately 3.0m high rather than the full height in an effort to save energy.

Union’s rapid roll Eiger Door provides a superior alternative to the traditional sliding insulated type doors and also various other types of fast-acting freezer doors that are appearing on the market to try and compete with the Eiger.

After opening at approximately 1.6 metres per second, Eiger Door closes automatically after a short dwell time, which allows for continuous traffic flow without compromising the freezer temperature. Warm air ingress into the freezer is drastically reduced so the normal build-up of ice and frost around the doorway is prevented, meaning CDS Hackner GMbH benefits from the energy saving aspects of Eiger Door.

Michael Hackner, Managing Director at CDS Hackner GmbH, said: “We have been extremely pleased with the quality and efficiency of Union Industries’ doors, hence our recent installations. We were also extremely impressed with the professionalism of Union’s UK engineers that fitted our new doors.”

Alan Hirst, Sales Director at Union Industries said “The Eiger Door has completely changed the freezer door market and a growing number of companies across the UK and Europe are benefiting from its unique design and reliable operations.

“Our industrial rapid roll doors have gained outstanding reputation in a range of multi-purpose manufacturing and distribution environments. This recent installation shows yet another example of exceptional service by Union Industries, which explains why approximately 70% of our annual sales come from existing customers.”

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