We all know that gates offer an extended level of security, but there are actually safety devices working inside the system. In all automated security gates there are different safety devices. Typically there are two devices (depending on the model) that provide a response to the gate opener to keep it from injuring people and destruction. A correctly working safety device can not only prevent damage, but it can also prevent injuries. That is why testing and keeping your gate opener’s safety devices in working order is extremely important. Below are some simple ways you can test your security gate opener’s safety devices.
A photo eye works by scanning the area in the path of the security gate to make sure nothing is blocking the way. You can make sure the photo eye is working by simply blocking the photo eye as the gate is closing. You can put any object in the path of the photo eye. Try to close the gate next, and if the photo eye can sense the object then it will not close. If the gate does in fact close when there is an object in it’s path, then you know your photo eye is not functioning properly.
First, locate the vehicle detector loop by looking for sensors embedded into the pavement or asphalt in front of the gate. Next, park a vehicle on the detector loop sensors and attempt to close it. Be cautious when administering this test, because if your vehicle detector loops are broken, the gate will close and your vehicle could be at risk of getting damaged. We suggest having someone sit in the vehicle in case they need to move it right away.
Hit a Small Object
Today’s modern security gates have options that allow them to sense when an object is hit. Allow the gate to hit an object you put in its path. If the gate touches the object and is working properly, it should reverse its closing action as to not hit or crush the object. If the gate continues to close when an object is put in its path, then the sensor may be broke or may have gone bad.
If your gate fails any of the above tests, we recommend you get an expert out to help repair the issue immediately. For your safety and those around you, please test your gate’s safety devices frequently. OC Gates is available to assist with any maintenance or gate repairs you might need.