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The Incredibly Important Install Bay

(May 2013) posted on Fri May 03, 2013

Tips on how to make an efficient install area.


By Jared Smith

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Good rollup doors, by the way, are not cheap. For a door to allow the correct access heights it must be big, and that typically means expensive – and heavy. Because they’re heavy, all of the mechanisms must integrate powerful motors and these must always be in good working order. Make sure they’re maintained by a professional service. Also, be aware that due to their weight, the doors should be operated with caution; be sure to educate your staff on safety concerns and open-and-shut procedures, and it can’t hurt to install a few signs that clearly state the height clearance.

Floor show
Now that we’ve successfully made it into the bay, let’s take a look at the floor. The install-bay floor will need to withstand an environment comprising heavy vehicles, scaffolding, ladders, expired vinyl messes, and some spills consisting of oil and adhesive removers, to name just a few. We’ve found that polished concrete is a great way to go. It’s easy to clean and it’s as tough as can be. To keep this floor performing efficiently, we sweep daily, mop weekly, and utilize a rolling magnetic sweeper that picks up razor blades after every vehicle exits. A clean floor is safer and, importantly, it shows your customers how well you run your entire operation.

On our shiny floor, you will see a long row of wheeled locking tool boxes, each with an installer’s name on them. These serve as tool carts, which can be wheeled into position to keep tools handy during an install and then wheeled back in a row at the close of the work day.

The bay also features a computer and mounted monitor that can be accessed by installers while standing. This workstation integrates our job-flow system, so installers can quickly access the schedule and find many other helpful pieces of information. And the system allows the installer to pull up color proofs and print new copies, or zoom in to see any other detail such as the approved alignment of a particular element or to compare something spotted in the print to the approved proof.


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