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

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

New GaraGlide Roller Door Now Available

GaraGlide roller garage door in Traffic White (RAL 9016)


The engineering and product development teams at Garador have been busy over the last 18 months, developing a new competitively priced roller door, called the GaraGlide, which is available to purchase from 18th November 2020. You can view the new GaraGlide consumer brochure and GaraGlide price list on the Garador website.

It comes in 15 colours, 2 timber effect finishes and a full range of custom sizes up to 5000mm wide and 3100mm high. The GaraGlide is electrically automated, so homeowners can open and close their door at the touch of a button. The door itself is powered by a tubular drive motor and is supplied with two remote hand transmitters as standard. Homeowners can choose from either a standard or bisecur hand transmitter design, to control their door, thus giving them a basic and more advanced option to choose from.

There's also a smart new control panel, with an integrated LED light to illuminate the garage on those dark winter evenings. The door is also supplied with an internal crank handle for emergency release, so homeowners can still open and close the door in the event of a power cut. The door features a wired optical sensor built into the floor seal to ensure that the door curtain stops, in the event of an obstruction. The optical sensor utilises light beam technology, whereby when the beam is broken the door will stop.

Safety has been a key consideration in the development of this new product and so each GaraGlide is supplied with a solid metal box cover, which encloses the door curtain, helping to protect the door curtain from dust, dirt and damage whilst in the open position. This also prevents an individual’s fingers from becoming caught or trapped, as the curtain itself is contained.

Purchasing a roller door design that is easy to fit is an important consideration for builders and garage door fitters alike. Watch our YouTube video displayed below, which shows just how quick and easy it is to install.



The door curtain itself is constructed from 77mm high aluminium profiles, filled with CFC free polyurethane foam with additional options for ventilation grilles or glazing elements. With its tubular motor driven design, wired optical-sensor and comparative price, it’s one of the best value roller garage doors currently available on the market.

You can view the rest of the Garador range online at www.garador.co.uk