This time of year, no team is busier than the North Pole elves. As a major leader in toy manufacturing, the elf’s North Pole division works in one of the toughest climates imaginable. Recently, the elves inquired if something could be done to combat the swift gust of arctic air flowing into the facility. The elves’ boss, Mr. Kris Kringle, head of operations at Santa Claus, Inc., installed high performance insulated roll up doors throughout the facility. The change has led to increased productivity and overall morale improvement.
What initially started as a search for the most energy efficient insulated roll up garage doors, led the team at Santa, Inc., to discover the truth that, for true thermal door protection, one must consider air leakage. The best thermally insulated doors provide little protection if air can simply go around the outside of it. The team discovered that high performance overhead doors significantly improve energy efficiency by decreasing the air infiltration by 94% by implementing a perimeter seal. The insulated roll up garage doors with the perimeter seal helped Santa, Inc. achieve 38 credit points in five LEED categories. As a leader in green technology, led by their patented reindeer-driven aerospace division, they were very pleased with the insulated coiling doors installed also complied with the latest IECC, and ASHRAE air leakage standards.
The elves in the Maintenance Department had the biggest morale boost due to the new high performance doors installed. Often they were called to fix or repair faulty doors – often with broken springs. During their busy season in November/December, they could be replacing as many as 17 springs an hour! When the previous overhead doors would break or malfunction, production would slow or stall. Nobody got their candy cane break – and the elves were agitated. Nobody wanted a repeat of that this year.
That’s why many of the new garage doors featured a springless design that easily operated for more than 300,000 open and closed cycles without any major maintenance. For some vital openings, extreme long lasting high performance doors were installed that will go more than 1,000,000 open and closed cycles without any major maintenance. This made sure that all elves got their scheduled breaks and freed up the DREAM team (Department of Repairing Elves And Maintenance) to focus on the many other requirements of a high tech toy manufacturing facility, including how to repair the hot cocoa warmer in Mr. Kringle’s sleigh – a personal must for the jolly CEO.
At the end of every December, the company faces a very tight delivery schedule. Beginning on December 24th and lasting for approximately 31 hours, around 132,000,000 deliveries are made from the factory. With the prime delivery vehicle traveling at around 650 miles per second and the very short delivery window, vehicle reloads must be as fast and efficient as possible. With high performance insulated roll up garage doors, the elves at Santa Claus, Inc. now hasrapid opening overhead doors that open and close at 3 times the speed of standard coiling overhead doors. The increased overhead door speed allows them to get deliveries out faster - increasing production and reducing pressure on the workers. The faster door cycles also meant the garage doors closed sooner allowing less frigid air to infiltrate the building. This additionally contributed to not only higher elf morale but lower heating costs that help fund the 1st annual elf Aruba retreat, a highly anticipated trip planned in the offseason.
When looking at the cost associated with the high performance insulated garage doors, the team at Santa Claus Inc., not only considered the upfront cost, but the long term costs of maintaining the overhead doors, the energy and heating costs the doors would save, the increased production from higher speed overhead doors and the increased safety and security it would provide. This led them to purchase their insulated roll up garage doors from Cookson. The high performance insulated garage doors provide the lowest cost per cycle and maximum return on investment available.
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