Chase Doors is Proud to be at this year’s ISPE Annual Meeting

Chase Doors is excited to be at ISPE’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. The ISPE, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a not-for-profit organization for professionals engaged in producing quality medicines and pharmaceutical delivery devices throughout the product lifecycle. The ISPE annual meeting showcases the latest technology and innovative solutions designed for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

With over 100 years in the Industrial door market, Chase Doors has developed the most comprehensive line of doors for pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities including the following:

  • Single and Bi-Parting Sliding Process Room Doors
  • Single and Bi-Parting Sliding Fire Door Systems – Up to 4 Hour Label
  • Double Acting Traffic Doors
  • Corrosion Resistant Single Acting Door Systems
  • Fiberglass Door Systems
  • Stainless Steel Door Systems


Chase Doors offers superior design and engineering processes which enhance the functionality, durability, and life of its products. Our products are custom manufactured to meet your specific need. Our team of in-house engineers and customer service professionals work with you every step of the way throughout the order process to ensure accuracy before sending the door to production. A seasoned production team, including experienced craftspeople are cross trained to perform a variety of duties ensuring that Chase can meet customer demand with minimal disruption. Chase’s production facility is supported by a vertically integrated manufacturing operation including CNC stamping, metal bending and shearing stations, a welding station, track and operator sub-assembly station and final assembly operation with final quality assurance procedures.

Chase Doors is leading the way in innovation and engineering and with the bar raised very high. Let us prove to you why we are your only choice when it comes to custom manufactured doors for the pharmaceutical industry. Call us today at 800-543.4455.


What Does Custom-Manufacturer Mean?

The definition according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, “custom-made” means that it is made to fit the needs or requirements of a particular person. At Chase Doors, custom-made or custom-manufactured doesn’t just mean manufacturing a door to your specification but actually finding a solution to your problem.

Chase Doors was recently contacted by a company working with the New York Transit Authority. They needed a fire rated sliding door but did not want a closing system, so our Engineers designed a door that met their requirements. Chase’s skilled craftspeople manufactured the door and then submitted it to UL so it could be evaluated and tested. In December, UL determined the door complied with all applicable requirements and issued the UL Mark. The doors will soon be on their way to their new home in New York.

Sliding Fire Door

Custom Door Designed for the New York Transit Authority

Perhaps you or someone you know needs a door to something very specific. Let Chase help design that custom, one of a kind door for your application. Chase Doors have earned a reputation as high quality products that are reliable, durable and competitively priced. Chase’s team of in-house engineers and customer service professionals work with you every step of the way throughout the order process to ensure accuracy before sending the door to production. A seasoned production team, including experienced craftspeople are cross trained to perform a variety of duties ensuring that Chase can meet customer demand with minimal disruption. Let Chase put over 80 plus years of experience to work for you!

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Saino Pharmaceutical and Food Processing Doors

In addition to Saino’s renowned fire doors, we also have a line of Saino doors specifically designed to meet the stringent needs of the pharmaceutical, chemical and food processing industries.  There are three primary models that we frequently sell to these industries, and they all feature the same (optional) operators, basic hardware and TEP track/roller system which provides years of smooth, easy, trouble-free operation. Where the doors differ is primarily on the finish: each model is constructed to meet different levels of “cleanability.”

Model 61000

Model 61000

Saino Model 61000

The 61000 is our most standard model of the bunch, with a durable, galvanized prime painted finish on the door, casings and trackhood, allowing you to easily match the door to your decor if desired. 61000 doors are available in single slide or bi-parting models, and use perimeter casings and door panel gaskets to ensure a positive seal. Vision panels are 1/4″ Plexiglas with a sloped, overlapping frame for easy cleaning. Flush pull handles enable manual operation, or the door can be automated if desired.

Most customers who order Saino 61000 doors use them in storage or warehousing areas of pharmaceutical, chemical or other “clean” manufacturing facilities where contamination has to be kept to a minimum.

Saino Model 67000K and 67000F



The 67000 is ideal for areas where a clean environment needs to be maintained, as well as where harsh chemicals and frequent cleaning are encountered. Both feature the same internal framework of 16 gauge welded steel tubing, which creates a strong door and lets us make these panels to nearly any size needed. The “K” and “F” refer to the type of face sheet material used: either Kydex®, which provides a measure of fire resistance (UL 94V, 5v and FAR 25.853a); or .09″ thick, gel-coated FRP laminated panels.

Both versions are extremely durable and easy to clean: 304 #4 stainless steel is used for the capping channels and closed end, sloped track hood, while windows can be ordered with an overlapping (sloped) frame or as a flush mount. For highly acidic manufacturing locations, the doors can be built with 316 stainless steel which provides greater durability in those conditions.



Most customers order this door as a primary door for their highly-controlled manufacturing areas, including pharmaceutical, electronics, chemical and food processing facilities. Everything about this door is designed to minimize particle buildup, resist chemical compounds and maximize ease of cleaning.

Saino Model 73000

The Shiny Model 73000

The Shiny Model 73000

The shiny, clean, model 73000 is the ultimate in cleanliness and durability. Everything on it is made of 304 stainless steel, including the door panel, header, casings and track hood. The stainless steel face sheets wrap around the door, eliminating “catch points” where particles can build up. Pull handles are flush, stainless steel and vision panels are flush, sealed, multi-pane units which make cleaning a breeze. Perimeter gaskets fit into a keyway in the door panel to provide a tight seal, and are field replaceable should the need arise.

This door is typically used in pharmaceutical, electronic and chemical manufacturing facilities, as the stainless is non-porous and easy to clean, minimizing particulate buildup. They are also frequently found in food processing facilities.

For More Specific Information…

So there you have it – a basic overview of the three pharmaceutical-grade doors we offer. We hope this helps you understand which models are typically used for different applications, but to determine the appropriate model for your needs, give our customer service team a call (800-543-4455). They can answer your questions and make sure you get the absolute best door for your specific application. You can also drop us a line here or follow us on our social media channels (TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus or LinkedIn) to ask questions and learn more about the latest from Chase Doors!

Saino Door Maintenance

Saino Sliding Fire and Pharmaceutical doors are built for years of reliable service, and there really isn’t much you have to do once they are installed. However, as Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With that in mind, this week we’ll focus on a few, simple maintenance tips to keep your Saino sliding doors operating as smoothly as the day they were installed.

Cleaning and Inspection

Saino doors are available in a variety of finishes which are easy to keep clean. To keep your door looking its best, wipe it down with a gentle cleaner every month or so. Avoid using harsh, caustic chemicals, especially acids, which can damage many finishes over time. This is also a good time to inspect any seals for wear, damage and proper sealing.

Saino Roller

Track & Wheels

You should periodically inspect the track and wheels and clean any excess dust or debris to keep the door sliding smoothly. A good way to do this is with a small brush, compressed air or a small vacuum attachment. Be sure to keep dirt and debris swept away from the floor area where the door slides, and periodically check the floor guide and where the door stops (both open and closed) for buildup and clean if necessary.

Automatic Operator

If your door has an automatic operator, you should occasionally check the chain or belt for proper tension and adjust if necessary. It is also a good idea to test the automatic reverse operation once a year to make sure it functions as intended. Refer to your instruction manual for details on your particular operator. No other maintenance or lubrication is required.

Saino Operator

Fire Door Specific

If you have a Saino Fire Door, it needs to be inspected annually, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code 80, chapter 5 (which addresses maintenance of fire doors). One of the key things that needs to be done is what is called a “drop test”. This is similar to testing a smoke detector, in that it tests to make sure the automatic closure operator activates and works as intended in a real fire. This is very important as you want to make sure all door components operate as intended so that it will provide the proper protection if it is ever needed. Be sure to have this tested and documented every year.


As you can see, there is very little to worry about with a Saino door. A few occasional checks can help you maximize the service life of your door. To stay up to date on other tips about Chase doors, stay tuned to our blog and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook!


Saino Sliding Door Solutions

Did you know that Saino® is one of the oldest brands of sliding service and fire doors in the US? Since 1899, when Saino created the original sliding service fire door, the name has been synonymous with high quality, reliable doors that stand the test of time. In fact, several years ago we received pictures showing how Saino sliding fire doors stopped a fire from spreading (like they are meant to). In the image below, lightning struck a lumber facility and the back inventory warehouse burned up. Fortunately, the store itself was unharmed and they were back in business very quickly. As a testament to their quality, the doors were still operable!

Saino Firedoor Gates Lumber ('04)

Typical Applications

Sliding door systems are a great choice for larger applications, such as industrial facilities, pharmaceutical or cleanroom doors, convention centers, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. Saino sliding doors can be used in both single slide and center parting applications, making them ideal for larger openings where oversized access is required.


They are available with up to 4 hour UL labels, so they are ideal for most applications requiring fire barriers. One key advantage of sliding fire doors is that they can be part of your building’s overall security plan. Since they are easy to operate, they should be closed whenever the building is unoccupied (as the lumber facility image above highlights). 

Saino Fire Doors Meet Multiple Requirements

All Saino fire doors can be automated, which can reduce the cost and complexity of meeting building requirements by serving as both a functional door for everyday use, and as a fire door. A battery backup system comes standard, and sliding fire doors can be equipped with pass doors for an additional means of egress if required. Automated doors can be programmed to close automatically whenever the building is closed and the security system is activated, further enhancing security.

Model 50000

Choose Saino for Quality

When looking for a sliding door, choose Saino first. With nearly 115 years of experience behind us, you’ll know you’re getting a superior, custom designed solution for your need. Stay tuned to the Chase Blog for another update where I’ll review some specific features and benefits of the different Sanio door models. Until then, feel free to leave a comment here in the blog, or on Facebook or Twitter

New Food Safety Rules

Recently we’ve read several articles about proposed new food safety rules under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. These new rules would largely affect produce producers and packers, but also would give the FDA new powers to conduct surprise inspections and shut down food facilities. These new powers are primarily geared toward fresh produce that is typically consumed raw. While the implementation of these new rules is several years off, it’s clear that food safety and contamination is a big issue.

Food growers, processors and packers need to make sure their facilities are clean and uncontaminated, just as they need to follow good practices to prevent the spread of disease. Doors serve as a key link in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria in food processing and other manufacturing facilities. Traffic doors (which swing both directions) are a key component to minimizing the spread of contaminants, as they allow for easy passage of people, carts, pallet jacks and forklifts, in either direction.

Chase Doors has many traffic doors suited for food processing or specialty manufacturing facilities. We have flexible doors, such as our AirGard® series, that are made from USDA accepted materials. These are easy to clean and help reduce the risk of spreading contamination, making them perfect in food processing, storage or refrigerated areas. AirGard 300Another great choice is the Durulite® Industrial traffic door. Constructed of rotationally molded cross-linked polyethylene, it has a monolithic shell (no gaps or seams), making it ideal for repeated washdown applications. Forklift traffic is no problem, and it is impervious to acids, petroleum products, animal fats and cleaning solvents. Best of all, it’s NSF® certified and USDA accepted. USDA_logoNSF Blue 200x200DuruLite Industrial
For the ultimate in convenience and contamination prevention, the Saino Model 73000 sliding door is designed for installations requiring the highest sanitary standards. The fully flush panel design is not only beautiful, it’s easy to clean. Stainless steel face sheets wrap around the door, eliminating “catch points” for contaminants. Vision panels and pull handles fit flush into the door panel for ease of cleaning. Gaskets fit into keyways in the door panel, assuring a tight seal. It can be motorized for completely hands-free access. 73000At Chase Doors, we take seriously our job to help you ensure your facilities meet their sanitary goals. To learn more about the best product for your unique situation, give us a call at 800.543.4455. And don’t forget to reach out to us via Facebook and Twitter!