Top 5 reasons Roller Shutters fail maintenance inspections

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With more than two decades of experience in the industrial door industry, we’ve witnessed numerous roller shutter doors failing maintenance inspections. Proper maintenance of industrial roller shutters is crucial for smooth operation, safety, and extending their lifespan, saving you significant expenses on replacements.

By familiarizing yourself with the common reasons for failure, you can proactively address issues and prevent potential safety hazards.

In this blog, we delve into the top five reasons why roller shutters fail maintenance inspections, empowering you to keep your doors in top-notch condition.

1- Safety Hazard Issues

Inspection failure will occur if your roller shutter door posseses safety risks. Examples include missing, broken or defective safety device mechanisms, malfunctioning emergency stop buttons, or missing safety labels and signage.

What problems can safety hazard issues bring?

  • Increased risk of accidents or injuries to personnel or users of the facility.
  • Potential damage to persons or property if the door malfunctions unexpectedly.
  • Legal consequences and liability issues if safety standards are not met.
  • Negative impact on insurance coverage or premiums if safety violations are discovered and not rectified.

2- Roller Shutter Misalignment

Roller shutter doors can fail inspection if they are not properly aligned, leading to issues with opening and closing smoothly. Misalignment may be caused by damaged tracks, worn or damaged endlocks, or loose hardware.

What problems can misalignment bring?

  • Reduced structural integrity and strength of the door.
  • Increased vulnerability to further damage and potential safety hazards.
  • Impaired insulation and weather resistance, allowing air and water infiltration.
  • Aesthetically unappealing appearance, impacting the overall visual appeal of the premises.

3 – Excessive Wear and Tear

Doors that show significant signs of wear and tear, such as dents, scratches, or rust (in the case of steel doors), may not meet inspection standards. Excessive wear can compromise the door’s structural integrity and affect its functionality.

What problems can excessive wear and tear bring?

  • Difficulty in opening and closing the door smoothly.
  • Increased friction and strain on the door components, leading to accelerated wear.
  • Possible damage to the door tracks, door curtain, and other hardware.
  • The door may become stuck or jammed, potentially causing operational disruptions.

4 – Motor Malfunction (Motorized Doors)

In motorized roller shutter doors, a malfunctioning motor can lead to various issues, such as slow operation, irregular movement, failure to open or close completely, or failure to stop at the correct limit positions. Motor problems could be due to electrical issues, mechanical faults, or lack of proper lubrication.

What problems can motor malfunction bring?

  • Inconsistent or slow operation of the door, causing delays and inconvenience.
  • Complete failure to open or close the door, leading to restricted access or security issues.
  • Increased energy consumption due to the motor’s inefficiency or constant re-tries to operate the door.
  • Risk of potential accidents if the motor behaves unpredictably or without proper control.

5 – Damaged Components

Any damage to crucial components like drive trains, springs, counterbalance systems, or tracks can result in a failed inspection. These damaged parts can hinder the door’s smooth operation and compromise safety.

What problems can damaged components bring?

  • Compromised structural integrity of the door, increasing the risk of collapsing or malfunctioning.
  • Safety hazards due to the weakened components potentially breaking during operation.
  • Noisy operation caused by loose or damaged hardware, impacting the working environment.
  • The door may become unstable and dangerous, leading to accidents or injuries.

What’s included on our roller shutter door maintenance checklist?

Of course, we don’t just check for those common issues with Roller Shutters during our maintenance visit. We have a thorough 64-point checklist that our engineers comb through for every single roller shutter door we maintain to ensure you get the best shelf-life out of your roller shutter door, and keep it as safe as possible.

Book a roller shutter door maintenance visit

It’s easy to book your roller shutter door maintenance visit with ADS. Visit our quotations page on our website now and provide your door types (we provide maintenance to many equipment types from roller shutter and sectional overhead doors to gates & barriers). From a single piece of equipment on site to hundreds of industrial doors – trust ADS to look after your equipment.

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