Gate safety is of paramount importance and all electric gates must now conform to safety legislation.
Most people are completely unaware that by attaching an electric motor to a gate you are in fact making a machine and as such the work needs to be carried out under the machinery directives legislation.
All electric or automated gates should comply to the following directives:-
EN 12453 – Industrial doors and gates; Safety in use of power operated doors – Requirements.
EN 12445 – Industrial doors and gates; Safety in use of power operated doors – Test Methods.
EN 12604 – Industrial doors and gates; Mechanical Aspects – Requirement.
EN 12605 – Industrial doors and gates; Mechanical Aspects – Test Methods.
EN 60204-1 – Safety of Machinery – Electrical Equipment of Machines.
The majority of systems we now install are harmonised systems which comply with these regulations once set up correctly. However in some cases additional safety items need to be installed in order to meet the regulations and make the gates safe to use.
The addition of rear safety photocells to cover crush areas together with monitor safety edges which trigger the gate to reverse if the gate touches an object