Improving Gate Safety

Posted by Steve Jones 18/07/2016 0 Comment(s) Gate Automation Safety,

Improving automatic driveway gate safety


Improving the safety of automated gate installations


Installing automated gates can increase security and peace of mind for the homeowner, but the safety of the property owners, visitors, pedestrians and local traffic should be a major factor in the creation of any electric gate system. Here at Linkcare, as well as being a supplier of aluminium gates and gate automation, we offer a range of gate safety devices to ensure your electric gate automation systems provide the best in both security and safety.


Electric gate safety photocellsPhotocells

Photocells increases the safety of electric gates by using an optical system that detects objects breaking infrared beams without physical contact. These devices are particularly useful for preventing damage and harm to vehicles, people and animals, as their sensors signal the gate system to stop moving until an obstacle has cleared the danger area.


Loop detectors

Using a loop or magnetic resistance device installed underneath or next to a driveway to pass information to the automatic gate control when a vehicle is present, a loop detector increases gate automation safety. They can also be programmed to work with an electric gate system to automatically open gates when a car arrives or alert the occupants of a property to a car outside the gates.



Safety edges

Safety edges are designed to prevent damage to anything coming into contact with the crushing points of electric gates and barriers. For example, if the bottom of an electric gate comes into contact with a vehicle or person, the safety edges cushion the blow and send a signal to the gate control to stop and reverse the gate to prevent damage or injury. Safety edges are particularly useful in areas with high volumes of traffic and work most effectively in conjunction with photocells and loop detectors.


Gate safety lights



Lighting brings an additional safety level to a gate automation system. Barrier lights can be used on automatic barriers to alert traffic and pedestrians, flashing lights can be useful to alert people that automatic gates are in operation, and traffic lights can increase the safety of commercial automation installations.


Testing equipment

To test gate automation installations to the highest standard, the highest standard of testing equipment should be used. has various instruments and devices for checking the safety of commercial and industrial installations where it is vitally important that safety standards are maintained. For example, Linkcare’s reccomended speed force test kit works by measuring the forces exerted at key points of a moving gate. This is to ensure the gate automation system meets safety requirements. The kit also provides information that can be downloaded to create a permanent test report on the safety of the automated system.

Investing in the right safety equipment is crucial for the installation of any gate automation system also reducing the possibility of harm to people. Get in touch with our team of gate automation professionals today to find out more.


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