Automatic folding doors are known as a space saving doors, as unlike a sliding door they do not require space to the side of the opening. Another plus is because they fold, only approx. 50% of the door protrudes past the opening so it is ideal where an automatic swing door may encroach on side traffic ( such as a high street location)

Automatic folding doors are supplied as a whole package doorset, consisting of operator, frame, door leafs and safety sensors.

Every folding door must have barrier rails protecting the side approach if the doors do not open against walls or screens that stop side approach.

A folding door must be serviced at least every 6 month and periodically tested to BS EN16005 to check that it is conformant. Maintenance may be required more frequently if calculated on the risk assessment for volume of traffic and vulnerable users.

Activations for fold doors are most commonly Microwave sensing devices but can also be mechanical press pads and remote fobs. Integration with access control systems and building management solutions is very common.

Most commonly seen in aluminium with glazing as the door requires special extrusions that accommodate finger guards and hinges to minimise potential trapping hazards.

All automatic Folding doors must have an emergency system for escape routes. The folding door must be equipped with a monitored battery backup system or have the capacity to manually breakout in the escape direction.

Particular attention should be made to the entrapment points on a fold door but with the correct Monitored sensors set up to BSEN 16005 folding doors are extremely safe. Folding doors are sometimes preferred by users against swing doors as the doors slide to the side out of the path of oncoming traffic.

As with any machinery, safety is important – Insist on an ADIA member to test and certify your door to BS EN 16005

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