Here at Littlewood Fencing, all of our automation team have the Gate Safe Qualification where we all abide by the following regulation.
Anyone involved in the installation of a powered gate (whether swing, sliding, bi-folding, telescopic or a rising arm barrier) must ensure it complies with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
In order to achieve compliance the gate should have undergone a full risk assessment. The complex British Standards are used as a means to identify the various potential risks posed by an automated gate.
A fully automatic gate should feature a minimum of two types of safety device:
Photocells or light curtain.
Protection via the limitation of the forces that are used to operate the gate.
Gate Safe advises that photocells/light curtains and pressure edges should be installed on every gate or barrier.
These resistive safety edges incorporate a runner contact strip and are available with either CAT2 or CAT3 controllers to meet the requirements for BS EN 12978.
Safety edges are an exclusive patent for protection from mechanical risk. The right solution for high security and quality levels of the automated system.
The product complies with standards EN 12978 and EN 954-1.
Induction Loop Controller
Induction loops are laid beneath the drive surface or retro fitted by cutting into the drive surface with a diamond blade and floor saw.
Once in position the loop can be used to provide either safety, free entry/exit for vehicle or a combination of all three.
The loop works by registering the presence of a vehicle and either preventing the gates from closing until the area is clear or opening them automatically on approach.
Free entry/exit can be further controlled by key switches and time clocks etc.
Traffic lights come into play where there is restricted width of entrance preventing two way traffic.
The lights will ensure that traffic flow is maintained whilst keeping everyone safe.
Traffic lights are also recommended when there is restricted visibility such as the gates being located on a bend in the road.
Lights & Warning Stripes
Warning lights form part of the safety equipment associated with an automatic gate.
The lights are used as an early warning to drivers and pedestrians alike that the gates are imminently going to open or close.
This reduces the chance of a gate injuring someone or damaging a vehicle.
Photo electric cells are used to provide safety for both vehicles and pedestrians alike.
The photo cells work by shining an infrared beam of light from the transmitter across the area to be protected to the receiver.
All the time the beam is undisturbed the gates will operate normally. However should the beam be interrupted or blocked by an obstacle the gate will be prevented from closing until the area is clear.
Finger protector to provide finger trap protection in the aperture between the door and frame. Suitable for most types of swing doors.
Mounted on the door available in 340mm, 700mm and 900mm 12/24V AC/DC Supply Voltage. N/O or N/C output selectable, one active infra-red PCB.
Armoured door loop is available to allow installation of cables from gates, posts and door frames.