Can you service or repair my access control system if you never installed it?

Yes we can, regardless of who carried out the original installation, we have experience working on almost every type of access control system available.  You can call us on 07772198495 or 07845948140 for any emergency repairs, on 01506332021 for any non-emergency repairs or servicing. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@cmelectricalgates.co.uk

Can my existing manual gate be automated?

In most cases yes it can be, we would require some additional information regarding the existing gate which can be done via our contact page or direct through email, or feel free to call the office on 01506 332021 to discuss.

Is there a limit to the height or width of my gate?

There are no real functional limits to the height although there may be some circumstances where planning permission is required if you are looking for a particularly high gate on a domestic property. With regards to the width, again there are no functional limits to this, as the gates get longer it may be that we need to use a different automation type like a sliding gate rather than a swing gate.

What type of automation is best for me?

There are 3 main types of automation, above ground, below ground and sliding. Above ground there is ram style and articulated arms, these attach to the gate and either pillar or post. Below ground we would use an underground motor, this is mounted in a foundation box and hidden from view, the connection is made via a shoe attached to the bottom of the gate, although more expensive and timely, it is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing. With a sliding gate we have 2 options, cantilever and tracked, cantilever uses a carriage wheel system that allows the gate to ‘float’ across the ground, this is ideal for uneven surfaces. For flat surfaces we have the option of a tracked slider, this system works by installing a ground track across the road surface, allowing the gate to move across it by means of 2 roller wheels installed to the bottom of the gate. For some installations there can be a choice of options depending on the setup, but for some systems there might only be one solution. During the enquiry and survey stages we will be able to confirm what the best options are for you.

What if the area I want my gate is uneven?

As above there is options for a cantilever sliding gate where the road surface isn’t level, for a swing gate there may have to be civil works carried out on the driveway. When we come to survey, we will make sure the design and gate automation to be used consider any slopes or uneven surfaces.

How are gates typically controlled?

Most gates are operated by a handheld radio transmitter, keypad or intercom system. We also can supply GSM dialler units, these work by dialling a phone number to trigger the system to open. Just ask one of the team who will be more than happy to discuss all options.

Safety

In June 2010, the tragic deaths of two young children in separate incidents less than one week apart served to highlight the safety issues facing the UK gate automation industry. This was particularly the case since these tragedies followed so soon after the conviction of a gate manufacturer for breaches of health and safety law in relation to an earlier child fatality. This guide is presented as a summary of the current legislation and standards which it is hoped will assist the industry in understanding the requirements and meeting its obligations. This guide does not deal in any detail with the legal duties of the owner of the gate regarding risk assessment, inspection, and maintenance. The legal position is that powered gate systems are considered to be “machinery”. This means that, by law, every new powered gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements, be CE marked, and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity. The Health and Safety Executive has lead responsibility for enforcement of this legislation, which has been transposed into UK law as the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. The responsibility for complying with the law rests with the responsible person which will be either the manufacturer, supplier, or installer, depending on the circumstances. The key to compliance with the law is risk assessment, which includes identifying the hazards, estimating the severity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action needs to be taken to control the risk; the principal aim is to secure compliance with the Machinery Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements.

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