The first hydraulic automated gates were constructed for reliability, security, and ease of use. The ability to generate high levels of torque made hydraulic motors preferred when operating large and heavy gates. These gate systems were first used at government installations and major companies. Due to the demand for automated gates to be used domestically, companies began to design a more affordable electromechanical alternative. When automated gates are not constructed according to European Regulations and Normalizations they can become hazardous to pedestrians and trained or untrained users. According to the law, automated gates are to be in safe working condition. Let’s take a deeper consider gate safety.
Gate Safety. Who is responsible?
Owners, operators, architects, installers, and maintenance companies all are responsible for the safety of automated gates. The installer must ensure the gate is safe and complies with Machinery Directives and is CE tested and certified. They will also provide a declaration of conformity and maintenance log to the owner. Maintenance companies periodically called out to preserve and repair the gate must ensure the automated gate system is safe for use. All maintenance personnel are required to utilize the log provided to the business owner or person responsible for the gate. A maintenance engineer should always assess the safety- critical features of the installation. Everyone involved in gate safety should be conscious of normal wear and tear as well as the possibility of impaired function from weather conditions. Hydraulic and electromagnetic gates must respond safely at all times.
Safety Certified Automated Gate System.
Currently, there are certain standards in place that are relevant to the installation and safety of automated gates. The following are a few of the standards used for design, assessment, and testing of gate systems.
- BS EN 12604 & BS EN 12605- mechanical requirements and tests
- BS EN 12453 & BS EN 12445- requirements and test for powered gates
- BS EN 12635- installation and gate use
- BS EN 12978- safety devices for power operated doors and gates
Adherence to the regulations does not guarantee hazard free powered gates. Regular upkeep of all hinges, control systems, sensors and other components as well as acknowledgment of normal wear and tear including adverse environmental conditions. Owners who are wary of gate regulations or of the effectiveness of their gate system should contact an expert.
Automated Gates Provide Peace of Mind.
Automated gates provide the convenience, safety, and protection you need. Upkeep may seem like a daunting task. The satisfaction of knowing you are not among the two thirds of automated gate owners that does not meet government regulations and pose an accident risk to others is a relief. Consult an experienced technician like the experts at Sevian who are installers and maintainers of automated gates. Team members are skilled in wiring and checking of electrical components, force testing, and preforming other risk assessment tasks to ensure your gate system will withstand subsequent use. Servian technicians are committed to safety, quality, and technology, they guarantee you will enjoy your investment. Whether you choose sliding, swing, electromechanical or hydraulic, you don’t have to ask, “is my gate safe?” Don’t forget to inquire about the automated gates designed for minimal upkeep and hazards. Servian has the competency to work with new and pre- existing gate systems. Contact an expert today for a consultation.