It must be recognized that the use of a motorized gate is not always safe from hazards. That’s why you need a safety device. So, caution requires us to install a safety edge on the gate automatism. This will allow it to stop automatically if there is an obstacle in its path.
What is a safety edge?
It is above all a safety device to be installed on your gate operator. It is also called a safety edge. Its mission is to stop the travel of the gate if an obstacle is detected in its path. In the event of an anomaly, it automatically cuts power to the engine. Unlike photoelectric sensors, the stylus uses a rubber sensing edge to make contact detection. This device is also equipped with an aluminum rail, a resistive contact or a cable and two plugs at the ends.
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The installation of a safety edge makes the use of a motorized gate safer. When it detects an obstacle in its path, it immediately cuts power to the remote control dc motor. In this way, the safety edge considerably reduces accidents which are in most cases related to gate closing. For example, it helps to avoid the worst when your car suddenly breaks down in the path of the gate being closed. The safety edge not only protects you and your property, it also protects the gate from damage.
In addition, EN 13241-1 requires the installation of a safety device on every automated gate.
How is the safety edge installed?
Setting up the safety edge is not complicated and will only take you a few minutes. Note that you can do it yourself, but the device must be installed correctly to ensure optimal operation. First of all, it is better to cut off the power supply to the gate. You can connect the safety edge directly to the electronic board of the actuator. All you have to do now is make the wire connection between the device and the terminal block, as indicated in the operating instructions.
Your safety edge is correctly connected when the light signals in the switch cabinet are illuminated. All you have to do is test the proper functioning of the equipment. To do this, make sure that your gate is in closing motion. Then simulate an obstacle by crushing a joint with your hand. This must be detected by the safety edge, which means that the gate movement must then be stopped. If this is not the case, you only have to check the electrical connections again.
Finally, as a remark, you can use a safety edge and photocells at the same time. This only increases your safety.