Door & Gate Safety

Operators of power-operated doors and gates are required to prove that the closing forces comply with the applicable specifications.

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Gates & Doors

Force Measurement According to Standards

The operation and testing of power-operated doors and gates are specified in various sets of regulations. These include the requirements for the measuring devices, details of the measuring process, such as placement of the measuring devices, selection of the test positions, but also the definition of the permissible threshold values for static and dynamic forces. GTE Industrieelektronik has developed its force gauges in accordance with the relevant standards.

Safety by Force Limitation

The impact forces occurring on doors, gates and barriers must not exceed the values specified in the standards. Depending on the type and opening width of the door or gate, permissible maximum values are prescribed in accordance with the standards. Various test positions are prescribed in the relevant standards for the measurements.

These Regulations Ensure Safety

Safety in use

More detailed standards for safety in use, requirements and test methods are specified as follows:

  • For power-operated gates: EN 12453
  • For power-operated doors: EN 16005
  • For power-operated access control devices: EN 17352

For users in UK: DHF protocols TS011 and TS012

Reference source for DIN standards: Beuth Verlag

Occupational safety

The German technical regulation for workplaces ASR A1.7 ‘Türen und Tore’ (‘doors and gates’)applies to commercially used facilities. According to this, a safety inspection must be carried out and documented by experts on a regular basis and at least once a year.

Supplementary information

The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV, Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) provides practical assistance in the form of the following information sheets:

  • DGUV Information 208-022 for doors and gates,
  • DGUV Information 208-026 specifically for power-operated revolving doors,
  • DGUV-Grundsatz 309-006, principle on the inspection book for power-operated gates.

Simple and Standard-Compliant Measurement

The force measuring device KMG-2000 was developed by GTE Industrieelektronik GmbH in cooperation with the former German ‘Berufsgenossenschaftliches Institut für Arbeitsschutz’ (BIA, today IFA, Institut für Arbeitsschutz), which is an institute for occupational safety of the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV, Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung). Especially for uncomplicated maintenance testing, GTE Industrieelektronik has developed a measuring device for quick on-site use, the KMG-Lite, in cooperation with BVT – Verband für Tore (Association for Gates).

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