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Jewers were selected by architects Ryder Associates to design and manufacture the doors for the Hitachi’s £82million facility. The centre is Hitachi’s first rail manufacturing plant outside Japan.
The doors met the requirements of both form and function; as well as being sleek in their design and in keeping with the aesthetic of the plant, they also were required to close around overhead electrification lines and rail tracks. The Swift-SEW bi-folding doors were designed especially for rail plants – each made up of insulated single-piece composite panels. The mechanism opens the door in 10 seconds, with operator safety ensured by full height pressure safety edges and photocell beams as well as a function for manual operation.
The other door installed at the plant was a 25m Osprey multi-leaf sliding/folding door which works in conjunction with an external “traverser” train moving system to enable the trains to be moved along the production line via six railway tracks. The capacity of the doors can be widened for wider vehicles.
The Phoenix range are all made from a single piece of fully-insulated, CDC-free polyurethane which keeps in heat and noise (by up to 25dB), and sealed to reduce water, air and dust pollution.
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