Sliding doors are available in Bi-parting, Single sliding and Telescopic formats.
Automatic sliding doors are a cost effective solution as there are fewer parts and sensors than some automatic door formats.
The only real constraint for sliding doors is having the available width to accommodate such as doorset.
This type of door set is commonly seen as a main entrance solution for two-way traffic but combined with electric locking can also be a useful one-way or controlled access.
The Main hazards of a sliding door are shearing and entrapment. These hazards are managed by way of safety in compliance with the BS EN16005 – Using a barrier, pocket screen, Monitored safety sensors or combinations of above.
Most commonly seen in aluminium with glazing. This material complements the sliding system well as the aluminium is strong yet light. Most sliding door systems are “top hung” so the doors are hung off of the operator, running on nylon wheels to keep noise low. The bottoms of the doors are then guided to keep the alignment.
Sliding doors are comfortable being operated hundreds of times per day and will typically last anywhere between 2 years and 8 years depending on the model, specification and maintenance of the door set.
A sliding door must be serviced at least every 6 month and periodically tested to BS EN16005 to check that it is conformant.
Automatic sliding doors can handle weights of 180kg + and still operate normally. Recent design trends have seen automatic doors fixed through glass to create the most minimalistic of doorways and elegant entranceways.
Activations for sliding doors include Microwave sensing devices, mechanical press pads and remote fobs. Integration with access control systems and building management solutions is very common.
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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