Chase Doors is at the IDA Expo

IDA Expo is one of the largest door and access system expositions in the world, and this year is no exception. With over 150 Exhibitors, Chase is proud to be a part of this show. Not only do we get to see old friends and meet new ones, but we get the opportunity to show off our new products, the Fast-Mount Strip door and the DuraSpan Insulated Curtain.

Las Vegas

IDA People

The new Fast-Mount Strip Door by Chase makes the job of hanging strip doors even easier. The Fast-Mount design eliminates multiple studs and fasteners, and ensures a simple, fast installation. Simply attach the mounting bracket to the wall, slide the J-Hook Strips into the bracket and install the locking screws at each end to hold the strips in place. No more time consuming layout, measuring or calculating overlap of strips as a preset overlap has already been established. The J-Hooks have a continuous welded bond between each strip. If the strips ever come unsealed from the J-Hook we guarantee free replacement including freight.

Fast-Mount Strip Door

Fast-Mount Strip Door

In addition to the Fast-Mount Strip Door, Chase is also exhibiting a flexible traffic door and two impact traffic doors, the Durulite Standard and Retailer, both of which are constructed with rotationally molded polyethylene outer skin and a Non-CFC urethane foam core. The ColdGuard Swing door incorporates a tough and thermally neutral fiberglass reinforced pultrusion framework, FRP face casings and a Non-CFC foamed-in-place polyurethane core. Also on display is the DuraShield Roll-up Vinyl and Bug Door and the beautiful Fib-R-Max fiberglass Door that just so happens to be the strongest, most durable and dependable fiberglass door on the market! Last but definitely not least, our DuraSpan Insulated and Non-insulated Curtains are on display and trust me, this is an economical solution to dividing up space that you won’t want to miss out on!

IDA Expo Chase Booth

In you are in Las Vegas be sure to stop by and visit us at booth 614!


National Pi Day

In honor of National Pi day I thought you might enjoy seeing some mouthwatering pies. Ok, they may not be physical pies and they’re certainly not mathematical equations, but they sure do look great on our graphic door! Perfect for a Restaurant that has some amazing desserts for their patrons.

Chase Graphic Doors

Chase Graphic Doors

Store décor is an essential element in creating a positive, lasting impression on your customers. Powerful, large formatted digital graphics stimulate the atmosphere and provide a fresh new look in both new construction and remodels. Enhance the total visual experience with unique transitions or dramatic visual breaks. Highlight a theme or food specialty (my personal favorite – dessert).

We supply many standard graphics to choose from, but we can also use any image that you supply as long as it meets the minimum resolution requirements. If you don’t have an image that meets the resolution requirements we can help you locate stock images that you can purchase for your specific need.

Durable Durulite Doors

Chase Duralite doors are well known for being the toughest traffic doors on the market, and for good reason. They are rotationally molded, meaning they don’t need mechanical fasteners or adhesives to keep different layers of material together (such as a frame, wood, laminates, and composites, you get the idea).

Ultra Heavy Duty Traffic Door

Durulite Industrial Door

Granted, that’s a very good way to manufacture a door: many traffic doors (including our Proline and SC3000 series) are made this way: differing materials “laid up” into the final door assembly.

It’s just that the adhesives and mechanical fasteners used in a laid up door don’t have much “stretching” ability upon large impacts, so if the door is used in situations where they are subject to frequent heavy impacts like those from a forklift, they can be more susceptible to failure.

Roto Molding – Say What? 

Roto Molding Def

Rotational Molding, often referred to simply as “roto molding”, offers many distinct advantages when building an industrial-strength traffic door.

  • The door is a one-piece hollow shell, without seams to separate or deteriorate.
  • The cross-linked polyethylene we use is strong, flexible, and able to withstand exposure to solvents and adhesives.
  • Non-CFC foam fills the entire core of the door, providing excellent insulation and helping the door to absorb heavy impacts with ease.
  • The doors are lighter than a traditional laid up door would be, since there is no internal framework necessary.
  • Since Durulite doors are sealed, they can be used in cooler and freezer environments without worry.

Roto molding a traffic door is actually a very interesting process – read more about what happens at our facility.

Why Durulite Doors?

Chase invented the roto molded traffic door in 1976 and we have sold over 500,000 since then! Every one of these doors is custom manufactured at our facility in Redmond, Oregon, where we can monitor the entire process, from raw material inputs to proper molding techniques, to make sure you’re getting the highest quality door possible.   

Standard impact resistance tests have shown that cross-linked polyethylene is 5x more puncture resistant and 3x more flexible than ABS panels which are typically used by competitors.

So when you need the strongest, yet lightest door possible, stick with the name that says it all: Durulite!

The Durulite Retailer XHD

The Durulite Retailer XHD

Quickly get a quote by calling our helpful customer service team at 800-543-4455. And please follow us on our social media channels – we’re happy to answer product questions and share interesting information about doors and manufacturing. Just click on the icons below!

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Chase SRP 5000 Traffic Door Improvements

At Chase Doors, we’re always looking for ways to make improvements to our products – it’s part of a culture of continuous improvement that we embrace throughout the company.

One of the latest updates is to our SRP 5000, which is a lightweight, durable and affordable traffic door available in 7 different colors. The door panel continues to be made of the same, 1/2” thick USDA-accepted, stress-relieved high-density polyethylene. Since these door panels are textured and the color flows throughout the panel, normal dents and scratches are hidden. making them perfect for high traffic retail openings between the stock room and sales floor.

The changes we’re making are to the hardware we’re building the door with. After extensive testing, we’re pleased to announce that we are upgrading the back spine from a 2″ anodized aluminum tube, to a stainless steel rectangular back spine which wraps tightly around the door. This improves the appearance of the door, with a neater, cleaner look, while providing the same rigidity as the aluminum tube.

Old-SRP-5000-WebThe back spine change also allows us to shift to our proven “E” hinge system, which is an offset gravity hinge system. Like our “C” hinge, the “E” hinge offers years of trouble-free service and minimal maintenance requirements, but with the black hinge cover, it offers a tighter, cleaner look.

New-SRP-5000-webThe sum of these changes means we can offer the door with slightly tighter clearances now too, further improving the overall look. We hope you agree that these changes will give you better performance and a neater appearance for these proven doors.

If you have any questions, please give our customer service team a call (800-543-4455) or pose one here in the blog comments or on TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus or LinkedIn. And don’t forget to follow us on your favorite platform to stay current on the latest developments at Chase Doors!

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!

Traffic Door Choices

You may not know this, but when Chase Industries, Inc., started in 1932, we were initially  a manufacturer of insulated walk-in coolers and specialty refrigeration equipment. Shortly after launching the business, Chase Blum (founder) pioneered the original, flexible AirGard™ traffic door with its unique top-mounted-only gravity hinging system. We’ve greatly expanded our line of doors since then, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the different types (cold storage doorsfire doorsbird & bug doors, etc.). One of our specialties, which I’ll highlight today, is our traffic doors.

Flexible Traffic Doors

Our AirGard™ flexible traffic doors operate with a top hinge only, allowing them to be used in areas where wide loads need to pass through, and are especially useful where space is at a premium. Since they don’t have a bottom hinge, there is no worry of  damage to the bottom door hardware. Due to their flexible materials, they can take a lot of impact and are offered in many styles to suit usage from industrial applications with heavy loads (the AirGard 973) to secondary cooler doors (our Econoclear door).

Airgard 973

Econoclear and Top Hinge

Econoclear flexible door (left) and Top Hinge close up (right)

Industrial Traffic Doors

When you’re up against forklift traffic and other heavy loads each day, you’ve got to be tough. Chase offers some of the most durable industrial traffic doors in the industry. While our flexible doors are fully capable, in applications where a traditional (solid) door is desired for these highly-demanding applications, our Durulite doors fit the bill, especially the Durulite Industrial door or our Durulite Postal-Security 200 door.

Durulite Industrial

Durulite Industrial Traffic Door

General Service Traffic Doors

For less abusive applications that aren’t subjected to forklifts, we offer many doors that are appropriate for traffic such as the pallet, push cart and pedestrian traffic typically found in retail or supermarket locations, such as our SC 3000 or ABS 5000 doors. We also offer insulated traffic doors that are appropriate for these locations, such as the Durulite Retailer.

SC 3000

SC 3000 Traffic Door

ABS 5000 Traffic Door

ABS 5000 Traffic Door

Hopefully this short guide offers a little guidance on the traffic door that would be best for your application. We want you to get the best door for your particular project, and the best way to do that is to talk to one of our customer service people, by calling 800-543-4455. You can also leave us a comment here, or reach out to us 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!

What Makes it XHD?

With StorePoint 2013 wrapping up, we thought it was a great time to clarify some questions we’ve been asked before – what does the XHD stand for, and what makes it XHD? In the case of the Durulite Retailer XHD, it means “eXtra Heavy Duty”, and it is the ideal door for busy, high volume retail and grocery establishments.

Retailer XHD To make it XHD, we build on the strength of our Durulite Retailer door, adding several features to make this door even tougher and able to withstand all sorts of abuse, from frequent personnel and carts, to manual and motorized pallet jacks and even occasional low speed forklift traffic.

For example, the upper V-Cam hinge is upgraded to a fully composite roller assembly featuring stainless steel bearings, allowing it to resist corrosion and rust over the life of the door while traveling up to 120 degrees in either direction. XHD V-Cam Hinge

The lower hinge is upgraded to a heavy duty, stainless steel lower hinge guard assembly, which not only protects the door from impact, but creates a positive hinge mount. Finally, we add a heavy duty aluminum back spine with a powder coat finish, which adds strength and rigidity to the entire panel – this allows us to offer more size options on the XHD than the standard Durulite Retailer.

Retailer XHD LHGLike its little brother, the Durulite Retailer, the Durulite Retailer XHD is made from rotationally molded cross-linked polyethylene and is filled with impact absorbing non-CFC urethane foam. With no gaps, joints or seams, the XHD is USDA acceptedUSDA_logo and is ideal for high moisture or regular washdown environments such as those found in supermarkets, food processing and cold storage facilities. Replaceable perimeter edge gaskets and an overall R-factor of 10.8, minimize energy loss between different environments within your facility.Durulite Edge Gasket

If you’ve got a busy grocery or retail environment and want the most rugged, durable door for your opening, the XHD offers you the best combination of long-term value and durability. To learn more about our entire Duralite lineup, click here. Also, you can reach out to us via Facebook, or give us a call at 800.543.4455.