Door & Gate Operators Opening New Doors To Profit

Swinging door systems involve minimal code issues and are relatively simple to install.


Door and gate operators are an integral access control component that might increase your profits. The demand for new door gate operators and the servicing of existing systems is a growing market. Although a segment of the door operator market involves heavy duty, high power and hydraulics; a...


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Door and gate operators are an integral access control component that might increase your profits. The demand for new door gate operators and the servicing of existing systems is a growing market.

Although a segment of the door operator market involves heavy duty, high power and hydraulics; a much larger market exists for the rest, which are mostly line voltage powered motors and low voltage control and safety subassemblies.

These systems provide for the convenience of customers, accommodate those with disabilities and provide security for parking facilities.

Because of ADA regulations, a door operator system may be mandated by the request of a single disabled individual. As the demographics of our country are shifting, the majority of the population is transitioning into the Senior League, and many of us have one or more disabilities.Door and gate operators are a real convenience for all of us, so long as they are operating properly and safely.

Door and gate operators involve several subassemblies, depending on the system. These include: the gate or door, locks, access control circuitry (switches, card readers, etc.) and safety accessories.

Doors and gates are either sliding, swinging or overhead.

Sliding door and gate systems are typically new installs. Sliding door kits are assembled on-site into a rough opening. The rough opening can be in an existing structure, or for a new construction.

Swinging door, gate and overhead systems are frequently retrofits which are applied to existing structures.

On pedestrian doors, some door operators are designed to offer the user an assisted opening of the door.

High traffic applications will sometimes incorporate inner and outer vestibule doors with sequenced or coordinated door operators which minimizes the time doors are open to manage heating and cooling, while still maximizing throughput.

Often, the building will provide handicapped buttons so that individuals requiring assistance can press a button to actuate the door opening.

Swinging door systems involve the least code issues and are relatively simple to install. Some low-energy models attach very much like a door closer; however, they do involve more attention to the mounting wiring and powering of the control.

You may also choose to sub out a portion of the installation if it requires more manpower than you can commit, skills you do not possess, or licensing or insurance coverage you don’t have.

Usually assembly of knocked down sliding door assemblies is a specialty project, just like installing a storefront would be. However, line voltage wiring is rarely part of your door operator contract, since providing the line voltage involves developing a branch feeder circuit off main panel, running the lines to the door area, and finally tying in the door operator to the line voltage. It’s a lot bigger deal than plugging into a receptacle.

A variety of control circuitry is usually incorporated into a door operator system, and a technician with either on the job experience or a little factory training should be able to manage a project with a little help from fellow employees.

Although all door operator projects have a lot in common, they each are also very unique. In the interests of the safety of those whole will be using the system, special attention must be given to all the specific safety issues associated with each project.

The door operator system will be comprised of the door/gates & operator; and auxiliary equipment used to trigger the opening of the door.

For commercial applications such as a store entrance, the doors will open immediately for any one or thing approaching them from either direction. In home improvement centers, I’ve noticed that sometimes signs will be placed over a door saying “Entrance Only” or “Exit Only,” but they’ll open anyway from either direction. The signs are an attempt to control traffic and minimize inventory shrinkage.

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