Wednesday, 21 April 2021

4 new colours added to sectional garage door range

Garador Linear Large sectional garage door

 

We've just added 4 exciting new colours to our sectional garage door range. These new colours will be available, as part of the standard colour range, across their Georgian and Linear door models. There are currently 16 colours to choose from in the standard colour range, including 4 new colours which have now been added:

  • Basalt Grey (RAL 7012).
  • Quartz Grey (RAL 7039).
  • Slate Grey (RAL 7015).
  • Titan Metallic (CH 703).


The Titan Metallic (CH 703) colour in particular, has minute pearlescent looking flecks which are blended into the paint, adding another dimension to the look and feel of the door which moves beyond having a flat colour finish.

On top of these four new colours, Anthracite Metallic (Noir 2100 Sable) has also been added as non-standard colour on sectional garage doors too.

The new colours have been carefully chosen to provide an even wider choice of ones that are more popular for builders, homeowners and specifiers. Plus, if you have a real desire to have your sectional garage door in a colour not in the standard range they can also paint the door in almost any RAL colour.

This extensive selection of colours gives the customer plenty of options when trying to find something that looks great on a property.

Ruby Red (RAL 3003), Steel Blue (RAL 5011), Pigeon Blue (RAL 5014), Ochre Brown (RAL 8001) and Clay Brown (RAL 8003) have been removed from the standard colour range for sectional garage doors, but are available to order as a non-standard colour.

To find out more about Garador’s sectional garage doors and the full range of colours available, please visit www.garador.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

We've implemented 5S projects to help improve our production environment

Garador's Martin Best and David Burton inspect the production facility on a Gemba Walk

As part of a programme to improve the production environment and working processes more generally at Garador we’ve implemented a 5S programme over the last few years. Put simply, 5S is a workplace organisation method developed in Japan that helps to reduce manufacturing waste and optimise productivity. There are five phases: Sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain.

Garage doors are systematically manufactured on a large scale at Garador’s production facility in Yeovil, with raw materials entering at one end of the factory and finished products leaving at the other end. The plant is organised into key areas, each of which performs an important part of the production process, from cold-pressing sheets of steel to painting the garage doors. So it has been crucial to get each area organised and optimised.

On the framing lines, for example, there are clearly defined positions for every screw, fixing, washer and component so optimal throughput is achieved. A phrase that is often thrown around is “A place for everything and everything in its place” which ties into the strategy to create and maintain a clean, organised environment for production. We’ve also used the Kanban system as a method for visualising the workflow of a particular part of our manufacturing process, to better understand the actual work that passes through that process. This has enabled the production team to only produce what they need, when they need it.

David Burton examines items in the red tag area at Garador's Yeovil production facility


Keeping the plant clean and tidy at all times is a must, as if left unchecked; lots of unnecessary clutter can accumulate across the factory. To help with this, a red-tagging system has been introduced, where just about anything from pieces of equipment through to pallets of components, are tagged, registered and put in a special “red tag” area until a decision is made with what to do with them. This keeps things neat and tidy.

Making sure all of the 5S improvements are maintained for the long-term is important as it means that things won’t fall apart gradually overtime. To sustain the changes, the areas that have been improved will undergo a weekly audit, 5S projects will be reviewed every 6 months, and regular “Gemba Walks” will help to observe what’s happening day to day.

If you want to learn more about our range of garage doors, have a browse through our website by visiting www.garador.co.uk

Monday, 22 March 2021

Have you seen our new wireless optical sensor for GaraGlide?

Wireless optical sensor for GaraGlide

 

The GaraGlide is now available with a wireless optical sensor as an option. You can therefore now choose between a wired or wireless optical sensor for this roller door. The wireless optical sensor is built into the floor seal and utilises light beam technology, so if there is an obstruction in the way of the door curtain’s downward path, when the light beam is broken the door curtain will stop.

The new wireless optical sensor means there is no spiral cable required to connect the safety edge to the separate control panel housing. Batteries are required for this new device. This new feature provides the same reliable level of protection as the wired version and recognises when there is an obstacle in the door’s path.

Find out more about Garador’s GaraGlide roller door by visiting www.garador.co.uk

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Garador Sponsors Yeovil Town Football Club

Football player for Yeovil Town Football Clubs

We're delighted to have been sponsoring Yeovil Town Football Club again as a Primary Partner in 2020-21. They've had a really strong performance over the last few months and we're optimistic for a promotion in May. They are the highest ranked football team in Somerset, with an amazing history and excellent FA Cup pedigree.

Yeovil Town Football Club currently plays in the Vanarama National League and a continued strong performance could see them gain promotion to the English Football League in 2021 - 2022. The team have had a solid run of results and are in a good league position to build towards promotion when the season ends.

We will be watching their results, over the coming months, with extra enthusiasm and we hope our sponsorship deal will contribute towards another really successful season for the club’s talented players.

Check out the Yeovil Town Football Club website for more details about the club, the team and forthcoming matches www.ytfc.net

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

“Buzz” the local Buzzard spotted at Garador

Common Buzzard spotted at Garador

It's buzzing with wildlife in the farmland and forests surrounding Garador. There's all sorts of insects and birds, including a Common Buzzard who you often see perched on a tree or soaring majestically on the rising air currents.

“Buzz” as he’s often referred to by the office and shop floor staff has been sighted on multiple occasions over the past few months. Everyone’s still excited to see him as he’s just such an extraordinarily beautiful creature. With his large, broad rounded wings he definitely makes an impression when he’s gliding through the air; most Common Buzzards have a large wingspan, that’s estimated between 1.1m and 1.4m.

There must be a good source of food in the grasslands, fields and forests around the factory, as well as on the grounds at Garador. Plus there are lots of trees which are ideal as a lookout point. If you’re nearby, keep an eye out for “Buzz” or if you want to find out more about these amazing birds of prey why not have a look at the RSPB website.

Friday, 5 February 2021

Our investment programme continues...

Our strategy to invest in the long-term success of the business is a philosophy that goes right to the heart of what we do. Over the last 20 years, we’ve spent millions of pounds on new machinery and infrastructure upgrades and we’re still following this strategy today. Garador isn’t just an assembly plant; we systematically manufacture garage doors from scratch on a large scale.


Getting the concrete mixer ready at Garador

Over the last couple of years we’ve invested in a new paint plant and renewed numerous other pieces of production machinery at our plant in Yeovil. This week saw another important step in our programme of investment, with capital expenditure in plant and infrastructure continuing with upgrades to our loading bays. Shown here are the contractors filling in the floor with concrete, in preparation for new dock levellers that will improve the efficiency of our operations. 

Filling in the floor with concrete, in preparation for new dock levellers at Garador


Running a successful manufacturing business in the 21st century has its challenges and implementing the right measures to effectively improve productivity is undoubtedly one of them. But we’re confident that these new dock levellers will help to streamline work flow for our loading teams, making it quick and easy to load and unload garage doors, and consequently reducing downtime. 

If you’re interested in our products and want to find out more about the range of garage doors we produce, head on over to www.garador.co.uk

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Why build a wider garage opening?

Garador Linear Large Sectional Garage Door

 

Renovating your home can be a major undertaking, with a lot of planning and investment going into updating or refurbishing your existing building. Your garage is no different, and aside from garage conversions for different uses, refurbishments and developments which extend the width of the garage opening are on the up.

Modern saloon and estate cars are noticeably wider compared to what they were just two decades ago, so it’s no surprise that wider garages have grown in popularity. The width of some of the UK’s most popular cars has increased by almost 12 inches in the last 20 years, as SUV’s and so-called “Chelsea tractors” (4x4s) have grown in prominence. Even for relatively smaller car models, like the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper, the width of the vehicle has increased to an average of 6ft 5 inches. The 2020 Ford Focus is just under 6ft 1 inches compared to 5ft 5 inches for the year 2000 model.

But it’s not just car widths which have encouraged increasingly wide garages, extending the width of your garage has implied benefits of additional storage space and perhaps opens up more opportunities for what you use your garage for. Building a garage which can accommodate a 6000mm wide garage door could open up a world of possibilities for multiple uses, such as parking more than one car, all the way through to offices, gyms and playrooms. Plus, for a 6000mm wide garage door, you undoubtedly have lots of extra space so you can get in and out of your car more comfortably, swinging those doors wide open.

Browse the Garador range, including our full range of sectional garage doors up to 5500mm wide and GaraRoll roller garage doors up to 6000mm wide at www.garador.co.uk