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Force testing an automatic gate

FORCE TESTING FOR GATES FROM CM GATES & BARRIERS

At CM Gates & Barriers in West Calder, Livingston, we offer gate force testing to new installations and existing automatic gates. We believe in making safety a priority when it comes to electric gates, and we work with customers in Scotland, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, and Perth.

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FORCE TESTING GATES TO ENSURE SAFETY STANDARDS ARE MET

Force testing is a way of determining how an object will react when it is subjected to tensile of compressive loads – wither during normal operation or when being pulled/pushed until it deliberately fails or breaks. These forces can be classified as tension, compression, flexure, shear, and fracture. It is one of the key elements in ensuring the overall safety of your gates and is essential for meeting all current safety guidelines and legislations. CM Barriers & Gates are industry leaders, and we prioritise safety. We work with you to ensure your gates are safety tested and that you have the correct documentation for insurance and other requirements. Force testing gates is about limitation of forces in the crush zones of your gate. If a gate is tested and it does not comply then additional safety should and can be fitted until it is up to scratch. A gate installer that tests the forces can provide a compliant report showing all forces are within the safe parameters of the machinery directive. We can also work with you to ensure you have the correct safety sensors and edging installed on your automatic gates too.

WHY IS FORCE TESTING IMPORTANT?

It is recommended that all forces should be periodically checked on electric gates as part of a routine maintenance program. If the readings are found to be extremely high, then a compliant gate company, such as CM Gates & Barriers, must act and switch the gates off and leave them in an open position. This is done, not to inconvenience the gate owner, but to protect them and the company from something more serious. A failed force test can be caused by:

  • Control panel settings being incorrect which may need to be adjusted to bring them back into compliance.

  • Safety features fitted, such as safety edges, might be defective and need replacing or repairing

  • Over time components can wear and result in increased friction. This can result in the gate not responding fast enough.

  • Swing gates that do not have a centre stop in the middle of the roadway can ‘flex’ when they close, and this small movement can lead to a failed force test.

WHY CHOOSE FORCE TESTING FROM CM BARRIERS & GATES?

We understand the rules and regulations when it comes to gate safety, and we work with business across Scotland, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, and Perth. The Health and Safety Executive states:

 

At all times a powered gate must respond in a safe way when any person interacts with it. Its design must take into account that foreseeable interactions may go well beyond normal use (e.g. children playing around or with / on the powered gate), as well as normal wear and tear, and adverse environmental influences, particular wind and rain / snow and other debris that can impair function.

 

They also list a number of ways in which safety should be delivered for electric gates, and note the following regarding force testing: Limitation of forces exerted by moving parts (which may be delivered within the gate motor itself), or in conjunction with external protective mechanisms, including pressure sensitive edges fixed to leading and other edges where crushing/impact hazards exist, to detect and cushion the impact with an obstruction.

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MORE ABOUT FORCE TESTING FOR AUTOMATIC AND ELECTRIC GATES

It is important that the forces an automatic gate exerts, are within allowed levels, and a calibrated and compliant force test gauge should be used to undertake these checks. The number of locations to measure from will vary dependent on the situation. Measurements need to be recorded wherever a gate could create a crushing point. On a swing gate this would be against the closing point of the gate (such as a gate post for single gates or following gate against the leading gate for a pair of gates. We will also need to evaluate a gate opening against a wall on either side. On a sliding gate the forces must be measured on a closing gate towards the far gate post as well as any points on the opening cycle where the gate could pose a crushing trapping hazard. At CM Gates & Barriers we have over 20 years of experience and are industry leaders in automatic gate installation and safety. We are approved Gate Safe Aware installers too! Get in touch to discuss force testing now.

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GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FORCE TESTING FROM CM GATES & BARRIERS

We strive to ensure that all safety standards are met, and pride ourselves on maintaining these standards by offering regular servicing to our clients, regardless of if the system was originally installed by us. Based just outside of Livingston, we work with domestic and commercial customers across Scotland, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, and Perth to ensure their electric gates are safe.

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