Whether it’s swing gate automation, sliding gate automation or bi-folding gate automation, it is crucial that all works carried out by the commercial gate installation company comply with the Machinery Directive and health and safety recommendations as set out by the Health and Safety Executive (normally known as the HSE).
Portcullis Gate Automation is one such commercial electric gate company that both complies with current legislation as outlined in the Machinery Directive, as well as HSE health and safety recommendations.
Safety and human preservation is paramount when installing a machine driven device / electric gate that may be regarded as dangerous and potentially harmful, and commercial gate automation most definitely falls into this category.
As with residential electric gates we always bespoke design the commercial gate automation process. Our service includes a full risk assessment and health and safety check as standard, outlining those potential crushing, cutting, shearing and trapping hazards and danger areas, over and above the functional requirements you as a commercial gate customer may have.
Because of the compliance to the Machinery Directive and HSE health and safety guidelines we do not supply off-the-shelf third-party electric gates. We choose the best suited components from gate manufacturers, put them together to make a machine, install them for our customers, and then warranty those electric gate installations.
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One example of the bespoke nature of commercial gate automation; one customer requested to change an existing very busy large sliding gate into two smaller bi-parting gates to save seconds in opening time, a good example where an automated bi folding gate would excel.
A standard way to automate bi-parting electric gates is to use a master motor opening one side linked in serial connection to a slave motor on the other side telling it what to do. The problem with this is if the master motor breaks down the slave motor will stop working as well, even though it is in perfect working order.
To ensure there was as much flexibility as possible to keep the electric gate working, the customer requested the motors on each gate to work independently from each other. If one gate then fails the other would still work while waiting for our reactive maintenance call-out. In this case the gate “sees itself” as two separate electric gates rather than one.
This is a perfect example of our service as an electric gate company where we use our technical expertise and know-how to work alongside the customer to find the perfect bespoke solution. Please contact us for help with your bespoke commercial gate automation requirements.
Electric Gate Automation – Did You Know
If you own a private residential property that has an electric gate and you rent out that property the electric gate installation is then considered in law to be a commercial gate. The health and safety compliance is then more relevant and involved. For help on this often overlooked but very important topic please do not hesitate to contact us.