The number 1 consideration of any project involving automation, is the safe design, installation and commissioning of the automated system.
Automated gates in conjunction with access control systems are classified as machinery and therefore fall under the remit of the European Machinery Directive and it’s subsequent implementation in member states (UK = Machinery Regulations, ROI = Machinery Statutory Order).
Every automation project is different, requiring environmental appraisal along with tan assessment of the control measures in use.
A risk assessment based approach is widely promoted as a suitable methodology to adopt during project management and the subsequent operation of the product.
This means that every automation proposal to a client is effectively unique, resulting from a site survey.
Compliance with applicable normalized European norms is the industry standard way of ensuring product quality, due consideration to safety and overall fitness of purpose.
All automated gates, when commissioned into the market, must be CE marked. This indicates that they have been designed, manufactured and installed in accordance with the relevant standards. These standards can vary based on the type of drive mechanism or technology implemented.
All automated gates must be installed in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and in accordance with BS EN 12453.
This standard relates to the safe installation and commissioning method, along with the requirement to force test the gate at designated entrapment points.
Operators & Maintenance manuals must also be issued to clients upon commissioning of an automated gate. O&M’s should detail the normal operation of the gate, the method in which to disable the gate, certificates of compliance to appropriate standards and a force test report.
Proper care and maintenance of an automated system is essential and required by the machinery regulations. Maintenance schedules and parts lists are provided for information in support of qualified maintenance engineers.
When assessing an access control requirement, it is also important to consider the normal operation of the site, for example:
- Are there periods of excessive traffic which would warrant the gate to be opened continuously?
- What cycle time is required to satisfy the site traffic?
- Is there adequate provision for emergency services and out of hours access?
- What control measures are desired?
- Do the environmental factors permit the safe use of multiple controls?
As you can see, it is not as simple as it first may seem!
That is why we recommend all automation projects are undertaken by experienced professionals, who will guide you through the process.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your next project.