Common Questions about Gate Automation
Why Automate Gates
Automating gates increases security, privacy, and convenience. Automated gates provide a notable physical obstacle that will discourage intruders. Having an automatic gate provides privacy, and conceals entrances and the property behind. The most obvious reason to automate a gate is convenience; providing quick and easy access through the gate itself.
What type of gate automation is there?
The two main types of gate automation are swing and sliding, although there are bi-folding and telescopic gates too – these are generally used for higher security sites. To perform the desired opening action, hydraulic rams or underground operators are used to move the gate. Sliding gates can be installed via a track or cantilever depending on the ground conditions and space available.
Can you automate a gate after installation?
You can automate existing gates, but this can be quite an extensive operation and not always possible. We recommend ordering gates with automation at the same time. Our gates are made slightly differently if they are going to be automated for safety reasons so it’s important to order automation at the same time as the gate.
Are automatic gates safe?
As with any moving machine, automated gates can pose a threat to children or adults. However, safety measures should be taken to minimise risk. Any one installing an automated gate should be Gate Safe registered.
Automatic gates improve security & convenience
We can automate any of the gates we produce in-house using our own gate automation systems, which are all featured within this section of our website, from the purely functional to the proudly ornamental. Please talk to us about our Gate Automation prior to gate purchase.
Many of the advantages of automated gates are now widely recognised by residential users because they improve home security against intruders, provide all-weather ease of operation while offering a level of prestige manual gates cannot.
Tried and tested over many years
Our years of experience in the security sector has helped us to design and create automated gate systems which deliver uncompromising quality making us the obvious choice for the design, supply and installation of the most advanced entry systems.
We regularly install systems for Local Authorities, Police Forces, Infrastructure Sites, Sports Venues as well as in Domestic and Commercial premises.
Safety and the law
All machines placed on the market in the European Union have a legal requirement to comply with the EU Machinery Directive is 2006-42-EC.
In the UK this European law is implemented by The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. This regulation requires all machines to meet a set of essential health and safety requirements and to be CE marked as proof of compliance. These are standards we adhere to.
In this context, all automated gates are classified as machines under these regulations and manufacturers, suppliers, installers and end users of automated gates within the EU must ensure they comply with the legislation.
Gate Automation and Access Control for Residential Use
When specifying new automated gates and barriers or the retro-fitting of automation to manual products, it should be noted that both the gate and its automation should be viewed holistically and that in combination, as a machine, they must comply with the legislation.
At Jacksons Fencing we operate a continuous product development programme to ensure the latest improvements to safety are incorporated into our products at the earliest opportunity and full compliance with prevailing legislation.
Failure to exercise a duty of care in the specification, design, installation or operation of compliant automated gates may expose the specifier, client and site operator open to litigation in the event of an accident involving injury or damage to property.