- February 6, 2017
- Posted by: Laura
A lot of establishments and businesses require automatic doors to not only help the elderly and disabled but to also assist with the amount of through traffic entering and leaving the building. Automatic doors are easier for shoppers and customers to use but what happens if a door set is used hundreds to thousands of times a day?
HIGH USE, HIGH RISK
The more you use an automatic door the quicker the need for maintenance. It’s similar to a car, in that once you use a certain amount of miles, the car will start facing issues and requires. The manufacturer will recommend when maintenance should be carried out based on the location of the door. The final user should also be given a copy of the maintenance instructions which contain explanations, restrictions of use etc. This will then assist the engineer maintaining the door to perform the necessary checks and adjustments.
The durability of an automatic door should be checked as described below in accordance with the BS EN16005. The test does not apply to a manual door that has been upgraded to a power-operated door set.
The number of test runs performed shall be in accordance to what declared by the manufacturer as expected lifetime of the door set in the operating instructions.
The durability test shall be carried out with the following minimum number of cycles/day:
- 0 to 200 000 cycles: 600 cycles/day,
- 200 001 to 500 000 cycles: 2 400 cycles/day,
above 500 000 cycles: 4000 cycles/day.
The test specimen shall be connected to the supply voltage at all times during the test unless disconnected for safety reasons during installation or for maintenance purposes.
If the doors haven’t been tested efficiently, they will out the public at risk.
MAKE THE DOORS SAFE
The ADIA provide the health and safety knowledge of automatic doors via the BS EN16005 course and exam, accredited by City & Guilds. This covers all safety knowledge regarding automatic doors and their components. Having this accreditation is incredibly important when installing, maintaining and supplying automatic doors. There have been injuries across the globe due to negligence in the industry and it’s something we and our DoorSafe companies are passionate about avoiding.
If your client is adamant regarding avoiding health and safety guidelines within the BS EN16005, we would be happy to contact them on your behalf. You should also make a note in their log book that they are insisting on ignoring the guidelines of safe automatic doors. We would also recommend you inform them that ignoring the BS EN16005 is ignoring the Machine Directive which is a legal requirement and they could face serious damages if anyone was injured by those doors.