DASMA is the leading trade association for manufacturers of access control products including gate operators, garage doors, rolling doors and high performance doors.
At US Gate Supply we give great importance to safety of our customers and advice homeowners to follow the checklist laid out by DASMA for inspecting their Gate Operator systems.
This blog post is intended to highlight the most important things property owners/inspectors need to check in their Gate operator systems:
- Visual Inspection: Visually inspect gate hardware parts such as fastners, brackets and rollers. Make sure moving parts are properly aligned and lubricated. Always ensure your gate operator system as primary and secondary entrapment devices. These safety devices which can include photoeyes, edge sensors etc should be independent of each other
- Check UL-325 Listing: UL-325 standard is a benchmark followed by Gate operator manufacturer. It would be advisable to check the mark on your operator. You can click here to know more about the UL-325 standard
- Gate Fall-Over and Roller Guarding:Check if there is a means to prevent the gate from falling over in the event of the failure of the gate rollers or hinge. Ensure all rollers are guarded to eliminate possibility of a finger being inserted between roller and gate
- Electric Operation: Open and close the gate fully and check for any irregularities such as uneven speed, excessive sway or unusual stopping. Get in touch with a professional installer if you see any of these irregularities
- Safety/Warning Signs: Warning placards should be placed to warn guests or commuters about automatically closing gates. It should be placed on each gate and should be highly visible
- Check Reversing Sensors: Perform the following test on (1) vertical frame member(s) and (2) each vertical edge sensor provided (if any): Begin with the gate in the fully open position. Standing just outside the path of the gate at a location where entrapment is likely to occur, cause the gate to close. As the gate is closing, firmly press a solid object against a gate frame member (or edge sensor) in the direction opposing the travel of the gate. The gate should stop within 2 seconds and then reverse at least 2 inches. Repeat this test, while opening the gate, starting from the fully closed position.
- Manual Release: Ensure your Gate operator has a way to manually open the gate
These are just some of the points in the checklist that need to be crossed out to ensure smooth and safe operation of your automated gates. Keep checking this blog back for more such posts. You can also follow US Gate Supply on Facebook and like us to stay updated.