SMI Green-Door for supermarkets

Telford Shropshire, UK: A new innovation which could spell the end of the unwieldy ‘night door’ for food retailers has been welcomed by supermarkets.

The Green-Door from Seymour Manufacturing International is available for freezers and chillers. It is a lightweight and user-friendly replacement for a heavy sliding ‘night door’, with the potential to save energy. It uses SMI’s Tempro, which remains unchallenged as the world’s thinnest and most thermally-efficient material of its kind.

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. SMI chairman Brian Seymour, pictured, 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 low-key trials at a host of supermarkets to test the product’s performance under realistic and gruelling conditions – and the company says it is delighted with the positive feedback. Seymour said: “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.”

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