Automatic doors are used throughout industrial and commercial environments to enable easy access to a building, offering a wide range of benefits.
One of the main advantages to having an automatic door is the convenience that comes with it. An automatic door allows people to pass through a door with ease without the worry of manually opening a heavy door, meaning that your customers will feel welcomed from the moment they step foot in your premises. This can be highly effective at solving accessibility issues, as those with disabilities are able to enter the building with ease and without complication.
Another key benefit an automatic door can bring is its ability to save space, making it a perfect option for businesses operating in smaller locations. The choice of single sliding and telescopic sliding doors means that there are many options that can ensure you get the maximum use out of the available space you have.
Automatic doors can also assist in the management of security. Security personnel can easily control the doors remotely, meaning that they can grant access to selective traffic or deactivate the door completely if necessary. Most automatic doors come with a locking system which gives the user more control, increasing security, and leaving you feeling much safer.
Our automatic doors are also manufactured to the highest standards for quality and safety, making them easy to own and maintain once installed by our fully qualified technicians.
From swing doors to sliding doors there are a huge range of styles and systems to choose from, meaning that there’s a solution that can fit with your business’ needs. From full operators to replacement sensors, we are able to provide bespoke solutions using the best quality products from the world’s leading manufacturers.
How do Automatic Doors work?
Automatic doors are a great convenience in everyday life. They ensure ease of passing through doors in shopping centres, medical centres and train stations (to name just a few). All we have to do is walk up to the door and it magically opens for us. But how do automatic doors actually work?
Automatic doors operate by using a range of sensors which can detect different things such as sound, light, weight and motion. There are many different types of these sensors and each one can lend itself better to a different environment. For example, some doors use weight sensors to detect when someone stands on something disguised as a rubber mat in front of the door. Another popular method is motion sensors, these detect movement around the door in certain predefined areas and send a signal to the doors to tell them to open when this sensor is triggered.
After the sensor is set off, a message is passed on to an electronic drivetrain which is connected to the sensor, and controls the actual opening and closing mechanism. This mechanism is attached to the automatic doors and uses a cog wheel which is connected by rubber belts to control the motion of the automatic door. These mechanisms work together with the sensors to ensure the doors respond to the sensors whenever someone wants to pass through the door.
Automatic Doors in Emergency Situations
Automatic doors can be highly beneficial in emergency situations when it comes to evacuating a station safely and quickly. Acting as fire exit doors, the system can be integrated into a fire exit strategy to ensure that your business is safe at all times and can be easily evacuated, while complying with fire door regulations.
The doors can be set to hold open, meaning that people can exit the building more efficiently without the need for the door to be opened and closed as people make their way out of the building.
In emergency situations, automatic doors can also be set to automatically close in when needed, preventing people from entering a building which may be a danger zone. This can be used to limit access to areas where a fire may have begun or to prevent a fire spreading. There is also the option to install fire rated doors to further help protect your premises from fire damage and reduce the risk of injury to its inhabitants.
A ‘breakaway’ specification can also be fitted, which allows automatic doors to be pushed outwards manually to facilitate an emergency escape. This breakaway system creates a fail-safe, meaning the doors can be pushed open either way and will still operate even in the event of a power failure or systems linked to fire alarms.
Automatic doors are a great way to ensure a smooth exit from your building. With our expertise in the industry, our engineers can help to find the perfect door for you to ensure optimum safety in emergency situations.
Low energy settings are a cost effective solution for your automatic doors. Low energy set doors do not operate on sensors, instead the door must be triggered to open either by pushing it or using a push pad.
Low energy doors require fewer sensors, meaning the initial price of the door is lowered, but it is also a highly cost effective solution which will save money in the long term.
The door will only open if someone actively tries to enter, the sensors won’t open for people simply walking past the building, making them more efficient and environmentally friendly than fully automatic doors.
Low energy settings can often be added to pre-existing automatic doors which are currently fully automatic. Most operators can be set to low energy, meaning you do not need to splash out for new automation, instead you can just change your settings and start saving money straight away. As well as the financial benefits, low energy doors are typically less noisy when in use and are fully compliant to DDA requirements.
As well as the instant low energy benefits, automatic doors like this can also save money on your heating bills through a reduction in unnecessary heat loss, therefore steadily paying back the initial installation cost. This also has the benefit of reducing any air conditioning wastage that could be caused by fully automatic doors or keeping a manual door propped open.