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How Do I Maintain My Automated Gates

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  • 06-07-2017
How Do I Maintain My Automated Gates

How Do I Maintain My Automated Gates

You may not want to replace your existing gates, perhaps because you are fond of them or do not want to bear the cost of new gates. 

We will, therefore, need to inspect them to establish whether they can be automated in their current state or be modified to do so. 

Meanwhile, here are the most obvious indications that your gates might require repair or modification:

  • Any cracks at the base of the brick piers - often indicating ground or structural movement of the foundations
  • Piers are not upright and/or parallel to each other - again, possible ground movement
  • Any structural deterioration - e.g. soft/crumbling bricks and mortar
  • Any past impact to gates/piers - e.g. if a vehicle has ever crashed into them

You should also be provided with user instructions. These include safety warnings and maintenance instructions. You will have these together with a log book to record maintenance and repair activities.

In order for a powered gate to remain safe, it will need regular maintenance and safety checks. This is to ensure that it will remain safe and reliable in service. It is inconceivable to imagine a powered gate that does not require at least an annual maintenance visit. And many systems will need more regular visits dependent on use, automation and safety devices in use.

Automatic gates like all other moving machinery. They have to conform to the machinery directive legislation. This legislation states that manufacturers must assess the risks presented to users of their equipment.  They must take all practical steps to mitigate these risks. The state-of-the-art for automatic gates is defined in the British Standard BS-EN13241-1. This is an umbrella standard which refers to various other British/EN standards.

Automation Gates will undertake all kinds of service and repair work from an annual service.  A well-used gateway may need repair or the complete refurbishment of a neglected and unused installation. Feel free to give us a ring to discuss your current situation and we will be happy to advise you. We offer regular scheduled servicing of gates. We work in line with both manufacturers and HSE recommendations.

Every service with include cleaning and lubrication of motors and gate pivots. Inspection of electrical boxes and resealing them as needed. Testing the electrical safety of the gate automation. Changing batteries in any battery-powered accessories.

Testing and lubricating the gate manual release mechanism. Testing of all gate safety features and carrying out a risk assessment of the gateway. All servicing will be carried out by an accredited engineer. The procedures and checklists our engineers will follow ensure that your gate is safe following servicing.