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    (0) An Interview With Action Industries

    Want to learn more about what Action Industries has to offer? We were featured on the lasted episode of the Torsion Talk Podcast which released July 14th, 2020. To listen to the podcast. Throughout the podcast, our VP of Sales Matt O’Donnell and the host discuss a number of the products which we sell. To help out we’ve provided timestamps for the episode and links to the products.

    Listen to the podcast: Torsion Talk Podcast

     

     

     

    Topics Discussed:

         

    EPDM SEAL VS VINYL SEAL

    When installing garage doors that have gaps, bowed, or uneven concrete a solution is often difficult.

    SOLUTION:

    • EPDM Seals with Bottom Retainers

    • Our EPDM Seals come in 3, 4, 6, 7, or even 9 inch widths.

    • Our Bottom Retainers come in various widths and lengths to fit any garage door.

    • Use our Stormshield combined with weather seals to keep running water out of the garage.

     

    How To Fix Uneven Concrete - 7:20

    To fix uneven concrete Action Industries recommends installing a weather seal along with the Stormshield threshold. When garages have sloping concrete running water is typically finding its way back into the garage. The Stormshield threshold combined with the EPDM weather seals are a great defense against this.

    Weather Seal Options:

    Super Seal - EPDM “T” Rubber Bottom Weatherseal with rubber tube built-in. Easily conforms to uneven flooring.

       
         

    rodentBLOCK With Xcluder - 14:38

    The rodentBLOCK with Xcluder Fill Fabric is an EPDM “T” End weather seal with built-in stainless steel mesh. This weather seal is a perfect solution for any residential, commercial, or dock door with vermin issues. An exclusive product of Action Industries, this seal is guaranteed to prevent entry to rats, chipmunks, snakes, and more. Available in weather seal, or just the fill fabric.

     

    Our New Website:

    The new Action Industries website focuses on our door dealers experience. Easy to use, the new site with no minimum order quantity makes it easy for our dealers to buy what the need on a job by job basis. Action Industries strives to provide all the information customers need on a product through improved images, descriptions, and available resources such as manuals and videos.

       
         

    Expanded Product Offering:

    Within the past year Action Industries has expanded our product offering aggressively. We now offer more door sensors, Access Control Systems, Radio Controls, and even operators. Some of our new brands include BEA INC., EMX Industries, and ZAP Controls.

     

    DURASEAL Stop Molding Vinyl Trim - 23:33

    Action Industries manufactures our stop molding vinyl seal Called DURASEAL. Available by the box, this trim’s composition prevents it from splintering or shattering in cold climates. Pre-dimpled holes on the trim help identify where to place the nails and make installation easy!

       
       

    Garage Door Hardware: 25:50

    Action Industries is known for our weather seals, but we want you to know about our hardware too. Our pricing is extremely competitive and priced to sell. Find everything you need for your job including hinges, rollers, cable drums, and reinforcement brackets.

    Green Hinge 29:16

    Green Hinge Garage Door Systems are an innovative hinge system that uses spring-loaded hinges to keep the door flush against the door jamb. Within the first year of use, customers noticed reduced heating and cooling bills.


       
       

    Dock Equipment 33:45

    Action industries carries a large selection of dock seal solutions. Our seal solutions include brush, vinyl, and rodent block solutions.

    Flex Brush Vs Stick Brush 35:30

    Action Industries patented Flex Brush uses a custom extrusion process to have the bristles part of the spine. This process makes Flex Brush easy cut, and won’t have bristles Frey or require crimping. Stick brush, while still a great option is rigid, and makes shipping challenges. While both products can be bought per job, Flex Brush is available in reels and is easy to carry from job to job.

       
       

    Zap Operators: 36:50

    Action Industries has been carrying ZAP Operators and Controls for the past year. Manufactured in the USA, These jackshaft operators are compact, but pack a punch! Comparable to MJ or J operators, these are capable of working on almost any commercial door, ZAP features a lot of custom solutions. Whether you have limited install space, or need to install dock lights.

     

    (0) How to Select the Right Side and Top Seals for Your Garage

    When it comes to selecting a seal for the sides and top of your garage door opening, there are generally three types of seals for the job, flexible PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) flap seals, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber flap seals, and brush seals, typically made with polypropylene or nylon bristles. Most of these seals are available in various lengths to cover a multitude of gaps.

       

    Flexible PVC Seals

    Flexible PVC flap seals are used in many applications due to their cost and a wide range of colors. These seals typically come in three different forms, flexible one-piece seals that can be nailed around the door opening, flexible flaps that can be installed in plastic or aluminum retainers, and the most common, vinyl, which is a dual material stop molding that has a flexible flap extruded on a rigid mounting surface. Both parts of the vinyl seal are available in a wide array of colors to match the exterior color of a garage door. Action Industries offers DuraSeal stop molding.

     


    Rubber Flap Seals

    EPDM rubber flap seals are engineered for applications with extreme temperature conditions that range anywhere from -60 to over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Rubber is a more pliable material than vinyl and functions better in extreme temperatures. Rubber flap seals are most commonly used in combination with aluminum retainers that are screwed to the jamb around the door.
       

     


     

     

    Brush Seals

    Brush seals are the most versatile of the three types of seals. The individual bristles of the brush conform to any surface deviations to create a robust seal against the elements. This makes for a seal that is more complete around the door. Brush seals can also be a deterrent to pests, as the individual bristles create a mat to block their entry. Some brush seals can be used in fire-rated assemblies as well. Most brushes are a cut to length part that fits in the corresponding, typically aluminum, retainer. Action Industries is the exclusive distributor of FlexBrush, a unique coiled brush product that has the filaments fused to the brush holder. The biggest advantage of FlexBrush is the material being coiled allows for seamless brush seals on long length applications.
    (0) If You Are Left With a Wavy Appearance After Sliding a Vinyl Insert Into an Aluminum Retainer - Here's an Easy Fix

    Crimp the jaw at one end, pull the insert taut, and crimp the other end. Or speak to your Action sales representative about having us do it for you. Either way, eliminating waves and wrinkles creates a more professional-looking job. 

    (0) Customer Success Story: A Real-Life Story That Really Holds Water

    As told by JP, Action Sales Rep

    Cross my heart... Recently I made a routine call on an old customer in Florida. Some years earlier, he had installed our aluminum retainer and vinyl weatherseal around each door opening in his building, and, under each overhead door, he had Storm Shield Garage Door Threshold® fixed to the floor. A good idea, since Florida is known for its hurricanes. In fact, my return visit was only a month after the last one had ripped through his part of the state. When I inquired if he had suffered any damage, he just smiled... He then told me that to prepare for the storm, he had adjusted the door hardware so that the doors were tight against the building, with no play in them. After the deluge hit and the storm passed, he took a small rowboat out to his building now surrounded by about 3' of water. Upon entering the building, he was relieved to see that the doors had not imploded inward and that the seals held tight—the inside was completely dry. Then he chuckled as he suggested to me that Action now market these items as part of a new product line called "hurricane seal kits".

    (0) Customer Success Story: Dealing with the Dreaded Inspector, Part 1

    Tales of suspense - As told by Al and Mike, Action Sales Reps

    You could hear the panic in his voice. It was around 2:30 pm on a balmy Friday afternoon in Chicago-almost the start of the weekend-when I answered his call: one of his customers was up for an inspection by the FDA and they had several violations that needed to be fixed...by that following Monday morning. He had 20 doors and docks that needed to be sealed. He required 20 Zebra Brushes and 20 Dock Seal Kits. He was in a real bind-was there any way we could get all the product assembled and delivered to him by the next morning, so he could work over the weekend to get the job done? To make a long story (and weekend) short, we did, he did, the plant passed inspection, and his client was extremely pleased with his effort.

    (0) Customer Success Story: Dealing with the Dreaded Inspector, Part 2

    As told by Mike, Action Sales Rep

    A customer in California had just seven days before the inspection to schedule his workers, order materials and arrange an install time that would avoid any plant downtime while his crew put in 30 header and jamb Aluminum & Brush seals on 30 roll-up doors in a food processing plant. He was already between a rock and a hard place when he had a bomb dropped on him-final inspection would be in two days, not seven! Receiving this information at 2:00 EST, how would he ever be able to order, receive, custom cut, assemble, & install this product on time? Simple. He called Action. After receiving exact measurements on the 30 doors of various sizes, our staff did what it does best. The order was received, processed, custom cut, assembled and shipped-all in 2 hours! I followed up the next afternoon to learn that my customer received his product early in the morning and was able to complete the job with a few hours to spare. The inspector was very happy with the work he performed. The client was impressed by his dedication. And at the end of his story, after expressing his appreciation for the fast service, all my customer could say was, "Boy, now I know why you guys are called Action!"

    (0) Customer Success Story: It Never Hurts to Ask

    As told by Jeremy, Action Sales Rep

    He was one of my oldest customers-always appreciative of our fast service! One of the items we had always been so quick to get to his plant were the 'U' shaped bottom retainers they kept ordering month after month. It wasn't until recently, though, over a cup of coffee, that I learned things slowed down a bit for them after they received the product. Why? Because they wanted a longer mounting surface for the interior of the door, so they were actually cutting one leg off the 'U' shape to convert it into an 'L'. shape-bottom after bottom, retainer after retainer, year after year! I couldn't believe it when he told me what they had been doing all this time! Especially when I considered all the time and labor they committed to cutting off that one leg! There had to be a better way. After some discussion with my customer, the engineers at Action went to work developing drawings for a custom design to meet his company's specific application. Costs were quoted, samples were shipped, and after they tried it out and gave us a hearty approval, we went into full production mode. Today, not only are they saving on lost time and labor, the unit price of the retainer itself is less. My customer couldn't be happier. Or more profitable on that particular door they manufacture. Do you have a particular problem or special need? Remember, it can't hurt to ask us if we can help. But, given all the effort you might needlessly be spending solving it yourself, it never hurts to ask!

    (0) How to Install Garage Door Bottom Seals Faster
    Using sheet rubber to form your bottom seal is an economical way to go but holding everything in place while bolting between the bottom bars can be a struggle. For a faster way, start by installing an aluminum bottom seal retainer. Then you can easily slide a T-rubber seal into place. This makes for a faster and certainly less aggravating production method. Plus, it will look more professional.    

     

    (0) What to Do If Your T-bottom Seal Isn’t Sealing Properly
    Light is one of the first things inspectors look for – and if they see it coming from a gap between the door and floor, it could mean a violation. If the t-bottom seal isn’t getting the job done – just add a brush seal using a 45-degree channel to the door bottom. The brush will fill in any low gaps that the T-seal misses.  
    (0) Tips for Fixing a Noisy Garage Door
      • First, check the tracks – are they in good shape?
      • Second, check the steel rollers – are they worn out with flat spots. Changing worn out rollers and replacing them with new silent guide nylon rollers could help with the noise.
      • A few applications of Penetrating Lube to the inside of the new rollers will ensure extended life and keep everything nice and quiet.
      • Penetrating Lube and Ultra Gel with Teflon can also be applied to springs, cables, hinges, locks and chains.
      • Never apply lubricants to roller tracks – that’s what causes the buildup that causes the roller “flat spots”.
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