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Understanding High Speed Door Dynamics with Ulti Group


When considering the installation of high speed doors, one of the critical factors to evaluate is the door’s operational speed. Andrew from Ulti Group sheds light on what to expect from the opening speeds of high speed doors and why the full picture matters more than peak speeds. 

The Mechanics of High Speed Doors 

High speed doors are engineered to enhance operational efficiency and safety in various industrial environments. When activated, these doors undergo a specific sequence of movements: they start opening, accelerate to full speed, maintain this peak speed for a short duration, and then decelerate as they approach full opening. This process is crucial for understanding how door speeds are measured and the performance you can expect in a real-world setting. 


Peak Speed vs. Real-World Performance 

While it’s common to see high speed doors advertised with opening speeds of up to two meters per second, this figure generally refers only to the door’s maximum speed during its cycle, not its average speed. The door moves significantly slower during its acceleration and deceleration phases. This staged speeding up and slowing down is designed to reduce mechanical stress on the door’s motor, gearbox, and curtain, which significantly enhances the lifespan of the unit. 


Accurate Measurement of Door Speeds 

To gauge the actual performance of a high speed door, measure the time it takes to open completely from a closed position and then divide this duration by the door’s height. This method gives you a more realistic view of the door’s average opening speed rather than just the peak speed during the mid-segment of its operation. 

This distinction is vital because while a door may reach high speeds briefly, its average speed throughout the operation might differ. Understanding this can help in setting the right expectations and selecting a door that truly meets your operational needs. 


The Importance of Realistic Expectations 

Misconceptions about door speeds can lead to unrealistic expectations. Knowing that the door operates at top speed only for a brief moment during its overall cycle can aid in making more informed decisions regarding which door to install based on the specific needs of your business. 


High speed doors are a fantastic asset for enhancing the efficiency and safety of industrial operations. By understanding the nuances of how these doors operate, businesses can better choose the right models that align with their requirements, ensuring longevity and reliability. 

For more information or if you have any questions about high speed doors, feel free to reach out to Ulti Group. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of industrial door solutions effectively. 


FAQs on High Speed Doors 

Q: What is the real importance of understanding door speeds? A: Understanding the actual operational speed of high-speed doors helps in setting realistic expectations and ensures that the door you choose fits your specific industrial needs without overestimating its performance. 

Q: How can I ensure I’m selecting the right high speed door? A: Consider both the peak speed and the average operational speed of the door, and evaluate how these fit with your usage patterns. Also, consider other features such as durability, ease of maintenance, and the level of safety it provides. 

Q: Why do high speed doors slow down at the end of opening? A: Slowing down before stopping reduces mechanical stress on the door’s motor, gearbox, and curtain, thereby extending the lifespan of the door and decreasing maintenance needs. 

For comprehensive solutions and further assistance with high speed doors, visit Ulti Group’s high speed door page. Discover how our tailored and technologically advanced options can elevate your operational capabilities. 



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