Automatic Systems' gates receive highest level of user safety

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Monday, January 27, 2020

QUEBEC CITY—Automatic Systems, a manufacturer of pedestrian and vehicle entrance control access systems, announced that two of its automatic gates—the BLG 76 and BLG 77—have earned ETL listing to UL 325 standards. These newly redesigned, full height, automatic vertical life gates offer reliability and low cost of ownership while providing long-term access control to facilities perimeters. 

“Automatic Systems is committed to meeting the growing industry gate safety standards required,” David Enderle, Automatic Systems’ VP of sales, said in the announcement. “We proactively sought these ETL certifications to deliver the highest level of security and safety to our installers and end users. Our ETL certifications to UL 325 standards are indicative of our commitment and ongoing dedication to remaining a trusted and world-leading provider of automated, secure entrance control solutions.” 

UL 325 standards seek to protect people from accidents involving automatic gates; therefore, it’s important that installers and technicians adhere to these standards on each and every gate installation. 

Automatic Systems’ BLG 77 is a reinforced rising fenced barrier, the preferred alternative to a sliding gate. It is capable of opening a passage width of 20 feet in seven seconds and is an ideal solution for high traffic applications that require strict entry control, such as ports, airports, logistics companies and military installations. 

The company’s BLG 76 rising fenced barrier, equipped with aluminum fencing, can control a passage of up to 16.5 feet wide. Its fast speed and smaller footprint also make it a solid alternative to a sliding gate. 

Both gates were redesigned to implement necessary entrapment protection needed to comply with the UL 325 standard, which requires the following: after sensing an obstruction, reversing must begin within two seconds, therefore, preventing a person from being entrapped in a stationary position by the gate system. At first contact, the gate must reverse and travel a minimum of two inches. If a second contact is detected on a Type A device (inherent sensor), it must stop; a Type B1 and B2 device (photoelectric sensor or edge sensor) means the gate must stop, but may also reverse. 

The ETL-certified, Automatic Systems’ gates also comply with the ASTMF2200 standard.