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Are Automated Commercial Doors Right for Retrofits?

Sep 23, 2020

Are you tired of manual entry? If you're looking to maximize your convenience and increase the operational efficiency of your commercial building, automation is a sure-fire way to do so. And, you can do it all without breaking the bank!

Commercial doors don't have to be stuck in the past, and you don't have to replace these doors and spend thousands of dollars to automate your experience. With the right automatic operator, you can retrofit your existing commercial roll-up door at a fraction of the cost. 

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What is retrofitting? Retrofitting is the process of adding a component or accessory to something that did not have it when manufactured. In this case, adding a new, industry leading operator to an existing roll-up door. 

There's an effortless solution for you to retrofit your dead-axle sheet door with smart technology. What's a dead axle door? Like Janus commercial doors, this is a door that's axle does not turn. Want to see this solution for yourself? Click on the video below to watch the Easy Roller in action!

Easy Roller Operator lifting a 16' x 7' Insulated Roll-up Door:


What are the key benefits to retrofitting your commercial door?

  • Cost Savings
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Durability
  • Safety & Security

Retrofitting your dead-axle roll-up door with a top-of-the-line operator is a guaranteed way to unlock new advantages for your existing application. Whether those advantages are the convenience of automation for a fraction of the cost, operational efficiency, durability or even enhanced safety and security - your application has something to gain! Let's deep dive into some of these key benefits: 


Cost Savings

It's no secret that retrofitting your commercial roll-up door with an automatic door opener is much more cost effective than starting from scratch. With automatic technology specifically designed to fit dead axle sheet doors, adding a brand new operator to your existing door has never been easier!



Did you know manual operations can actually be tough on your door? By adding an automatic door opener, you're increasing your door's durability by decreasing the amount of wear and tear it faces on a day-to-day basis. With leading operators, you can even take advantage of innovative features such as soft start/soft close. 

Soft start/soft close allows the operator to control the rate of speed at which your door is opening and closing, eliminating those abrupt and harsh impacts that are known for degrading your door's life-time-value. Your door will be better protected, allowing you to use it for decades to come!


Safety & Security

Door automation eliminates the worry of a door accidentally closing and causing damage or injury. With an Intelligent Safety System (ISS), your operator can sense objects that are blocking the door's path. If contact is made with an obstruction while the door is moving, the opener either stops or reverses the door to reduce the risk of injury or property damage.

Additional safety and security features for the Easy Roller include: 

  • Soft Start/Soft Close
  • Intelligent Safety System
  • Door Profiling
  • TrioCode 128
  • Network Ready


How the Easy Roller makes retrofitting simple:

The Easy Roller operator is designed to make retrofitting existing applications simple with it's slim fit chassis that only requires as little as 1.6" of side room for installation. While we recommend 5.3" of sideroom for comfort, this slim motor works in all kinds of situations! Check out the diagram below for reference on sideroom requirements and recommendations.


Easy Roller Sideroom Requirements and Recommendations: 

diagram showing 1.6" sideroom requirement for easy roller operator

Not only is the Easy Roller a retrofit solution for dead axle sheet doors, but it's an industry leading operator, too! With specifically designed features and benefits, the Easy Roller is our go-to commercial door opener here at Janus. 

Additional operating modes and features: 

  • LED Courtesy Lights
  • Auto Close
  • Service Indicator
  • Vacation Mode
  • Auxiliary Output


Have Questions? Download a free copy of our Easy Roller Brochure! Inside, you'll learn what makes it our go-to solution for commercial door automation - for both retrofits and new construction!

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Inside, you'll learn about: 

  • Enhanced Security Features
  • Easy Retrofitting
  • Ease of Access
  • And more!
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