Seymour eliminates the night door

Telford, Shropshire, UK: A new innovation could spell the end of the unwieldy ‘night door’ for food retailers.

Thermasl testing the Green door

The Green-Door – which is blue! – is available for freezers and chillers, from Seymour Manufacturing International. Green-Door is a lightweight, user-friendly replacement for the heavy sliding ‘night door’, with the potential to save a energy and physical effort for users.

It uses Seymour’s Tempro, an extremely thin thermally-efficient material.

Andrew Watson, store manager at Asda Glasshoughton, Castleford, said: “The Green-Door has brought lots of benefits since installing it in place of the old night door. It is much lighter to use – reducing the risk of injury – much easier to clean, and saves us energy and money too.”

“I would have no hesitation in recommending it, particularly in an area where there is a great deal of footfall.”

Brian Seymour, chairman, Seymour Manufacturing International says: “Cheap flip-flap doors have been used in chillers for several years, despite having relatively short lifespans, high maintenance costs and breakage.

“We researched the real needs of the food industry and targeted economic performance, being user friendly, and longevity.

“With Green-Door, the aim was to create a quality door that would require little maintenance, was easy to use and saved significant amounts of energy, and carbon.”

SMI has been running trials at supermarkets to test the product’s performance under realistic conditions. The product has received positive feedback, the company says. “Green-Door makes the much-hated supermarket night-door redundant in chillers and freezers, saving capital, maintenance costs, nuisance value and labour. The advantages and savings are enormous, Seymour says.

“It is easy to use, it saves expensive energy and carbon, it reduces maintenance costs and the need to fit the hated time-wasting, labour-intensive, costly night-door.

“In fact, when return on investment is considered, the Green-Door could pay for itself on day one, depending upon what size and cost you pay for a night-door. The saving on maintenance and labour can just be treated as a bonus.”

Dave Perry, divisional sales manager, Seymour says: “Put simply, our Green-Door is a ‘fit and forget’ item which allows easy access for staff, a constant closed-door solution, and is virtually maintenance-free.

“With a lifespan of many years, it is incredibly cost-efficient in comparison with a standard sliding chiller door. Our first Green-Door set up at a test site in Taunton back in 2009 is still going strong.”

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