Background:

Walters Houghton is a specialist manufacturer of medical sachets. The company is based in Flint, North Wales and operates a variety of specialist machinery to produce high-grade products.Walters Houghton is recognised for manufacturing excellence and has clean room class 10,000 facilities. The company takes hygiene, safety and worker comfort very seriously.

The Challenge:

And internal opening between the warehouse and sterile manufacturing environment was fitted with PVC strip curtains in order to provide hygiene and temperature segregation. However Walters Houghton felt that this did not provide the level of image and quality which they wanted to portray. Additionally the opening experienced a high level of through-traffic from pedestrians, IBC and pallet-trucks.

The Solution:

Following a request from the client, Tekta visited site to survey and discuss the challenge with the client Financial Director. The client had considered several door types including sliding hygiene doors, however Tekta made the suggestion of a Rapidor Impact speed door. This provides the benefit of not only a good seal and clean image, but also offers safe and user-friendly operation.

Results:

The project was completed on time, ready for the long and complicated fit-out by GKN. The Rapidor speed doors offer opening speeds up to 2500mm per second, which combined with radar movement sensors facilitates efficient traffic flows around the building. The doors finished in Ultramarine Blue with transparent vision windows also fit in well with the clean and efficient image of the new production facility. The self-repairing zipper and soft-edge system also helps to reduce ongoing maintenance and repair costs. Most importantly the doors excellent air tightness ensures compliance with GKN rigorous hygiene standards and helps to facilitate the successful manufacture of their world-leading products.

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