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Everything you should know about personnel doors

Whether you’re setting up a new business or looking to update your current business premises, the chances are, you will need to invest in personnel doors. They’re probably not something you have given much thought before; however, they can be integral to the smooth day-to-day operation of your business and it is important to do your research and choose the right model for your needs.

In the following blog, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about personnel doors and outline the main factors that you should consider when buying them for your property.

What is a personnel door?

A personnel door is a type of commercial door, designed specifically for use by employees (or personnel). They are usually installed in busy internal environments – where a constant flow of daily foot traffic is expected – and, as such, they are built in a very different way to an average door.

For example, personnel doors are typically constructed from steel or stainless steel and they come fitted with heavy-duty hinges, gaskets and hardware. They can successfully withstand wear and tear and excessive daily use, and thanks to their impressive semi-insulating properties, they are ideal for use in positive temperature environments (insulating the room at 0°C or above).

Where are personnel doors commonly used?

Steel personal doors are employed across a diverse range of industries, including everything from food manufacture and cold storage to warehousing, pharmaceuticals, and IT. Generally speaking, they are used to separate different types of room in the building – maintaining the temperature within each, yet allowing staff to gain quick and easy access when necessary.

For example, a personnel door can be used to separate office space from hygienic areas (e.g. toilets, changing rooms) in an office building or school. They can be used to divide noisy production areas from quiet spaces in a factory or to separate refrigerated storage and ‘room-temperature’ storage in a warehouse and distribution centre. The applications are endless and, whatever the nature of your business, it is likely that a personnel door will be required somewhere within your premises.

What options are available?

When it comes to choosing personnel or service doors for your premises, it is important to do a little research first. Like most commercial products, there are lots of options to choose from and – before committing to a purchase – it is important to consider a number of factors. These include:

  1. Size – personnel doors are typically sold in a range of standard sizes. However, they can also be made bespoke to order to meet your individual needs. They are available both single- and double-bladed and, in some instances, it is possible to select two blades with different widths.
  2. Orientation – as personnel doors are hinged, it is possible to buy both right-handed and left-handed versions, and this choice is usually determined by the door’s intended location. It makes sense to choose the orientation that is most practical, thus facilitating easy access for the user.
  3. Style – personnel doors come with a range of style choices, including a variety of lock and handle styles and metal sheet colours, as well as the potential to add a circular porthole or vision panel.

Where can I buy personnel doors?

If you are looking to invest in personnel doors for your business, MTCSS is the perfect place to start your search. We work closely in collaboration with MTH – a company that has become renowned across the globe for the quality of their products – and, as such, we are proud to supply and install the best semi-insulated personnel doors currently on the market.

Our onsite experts demonstrate a wealth of knowledge in this area and, whatever the specific needs of your business, they can help to design and create the perfect MTH service doors for you. All of our personnel doors are hinged and available in standard and ‘bespoke’ sizes, up to 1500x2500mm for a single blade model and 3000x2500mm for a double. They can be designed with or without a vision panel, they can be left or right-handed and there are a number of stylistic finishes to choose from.

Contact MTCSS for market-leading personnel doors

Personnel doors are a worthwhile and often essential investment for many business owners – and when the time comes to buy or replace the ones in your premises, MTCSS are here to help. Our website has further information on the MTH service doors currently available; however, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. Either call us today on 01886 833381 or send an email to sales@mtcss.co.uk and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Refrigerated Doors

Should I Invest in Specialised Doors for my Cold Room?

A hallmark of a cold room or walk-in freezer is a sturdy, insulated door or a heavy curtain, protecting the chilled environment from intrusion by heat and contaminants from outside. It’s no coincidence that so many cold rooms and chilled storage areas use these specially-designed doors – they are vital for proper insulation.

Cold Room Doors

When outfitting and equipping a cold room, you should carefully consider the cold room door which you will use. Without a specially-insulated or refrigerated door to form a barrier between your cold room and the outside world, there will be a gap in the insulation of your cold room, through which you are likely to lose energy and gain unwanted heat. At best, your energy bill will increase and wear on your cooling unit will be more rapid and more severe: at worst, the contents of your cold room could be ruined by the increase in heat.

A specialised cold room door helps to prevent this from happening, not just by providing superior insulation and temperature control, but also by opening and closing in such a way as to limit the air disturbance and avoid too much warm air from entering the cold room.

If you are interested in making your business cold storage more efficient, more cost-effective and more reliable, then a specialised cold room door from MT Cold Storage Solutions is an investment that you will never regret. Call us today on 01886 833381 or send us a message on the contact form on our Contact Us page to speak to a cold storage expert today, who will be able to recommend the specialised cold room door that will best suit your requirements, and help you achieve the best possible results!

What Sorts of Cold Room Doors Are Available?

At MT Cold Storage Solutions, we stock and provide a wide range of refrigerated doors, making sure that your cold room is insulated to the industry gold standard, while providing the level of access needed to make the maximum use of your cold room. Our cold room door selection includes:

Refrigerated Doors

Refrigerated Doors don’t just insulate your cold room against the heat of the outside world – they actively contribute to the refrigeration, keeping conditions at an optimal level inside the cold room. The refrigerated doors available from MT Cold Storage Solutions include:

Sliding Doors

A Cold Room Sliding Door is ideal when space is at a premium, or trolley and forklift access is required to the cold room. Simply sliding out of the way, a cold room sliding door allows ready access to the cold room and are available as horizontal sliding, vertical sliding and automatic doors. Available in a variety of thicknesses to suit the requirements you have, the cold room sliding doors from MT Cold Storage Solutions are effective for temperatures ranging between 30°C and -40°C.

Hinged Doors

Ideal for smaller cold rooms, or where the only access required to the cold room is pedestrian and no forklift or pallet access is required, the hinged cold storage doors from MT Cold Storage Solutions come with certified handles and heater cable to ensure that they provide the best possible performance down to -30°C, making them suitable for use in a huge range of applications including walk-in freezers.

Specialised Doors

MT Cold Storage Solutions also offers more specialised doors to our clients if they need them, including controlled atmosphere doors, automatic doors and vertical sliding doors. The specialised doors from MT Cold Storage Solutions can be tailored to your requirements – just get in contact with us today to let us know what you need!

What are the Advantages of Insulated Cold Room Doors?

Insulated cold room doors prevent a cold room from losing heat to the outside world, preventing convection, conduction and radiation from carrying heat in. Even if a non-insulated door is kept closed and sealed at all times to stop convection of warm air from occurring, the heat will still conduct through the door and radiate into the cold room environment beyond. Such non-insulated doors will feel cold to the touch because of this – but insulated or refrigerated doors, like the specialised doors available from MTcss, stop conduction dead in its tracks and keep heat out of the cold room.

Where insufficient insulation occurs in a cold room, the room will act as a heat sink for the surrounding area, and the cooling unit will be forced to work harder to maintain the required temperature. This sends your electricity bill soaring and greatly accelerates the wear and tear on your cooling unit – potentially leading to a costly and inconvenient component failure.

In either case, an insulated door prevents this from happening, and saves you money, energy and stress in the long run!

Contact MT Cold Storage Solutions for Cold Room Doors Today!

If you would like more information on the cold room doors available from MT Cold Storage Solutions, you can get in touch with us at any time by calling our head office telephone number, 01886 833381, or messaging us directly on our online contact form on our Contact Us page!

The experts at the MT Cold Storage Solutions head office have years of experience with providing business owners with the ideal cold storage solution to suit their needs, whether they need an insulated cold room sliding door or a full, bespoke walk-in cold room!

Get in contact with us today on 01886 833381 to speak to one of our staff about your requirements for your cold storage doors – they will be happy to answer any questions you may have, provide any advice that you may require or process any requests that you would like to make. Your cold storage doors are one of the most important insulators in your cold storage solution – don’t leave them by the wayside!