Here at Quality Gates and Openers, our technicians stay up to date on the latest training and products. They are Certified Automated Gate System Designers & Installers by the Institute of Door Education and Accreditation (IDEA). This certifies that they know the essentials to properly design an automated gate operator system in compliance with all automated gate and gate standards. Starting with which type of gate and gate operator will best suit an application and continuing through the final site layout, our technicians have the skills and experience needed. To obtain these certificates, the techs must attend the school, pass the tests, and have at least two years field experience installing and servicing gate operators.
Our technicians also adhere to all UL 325 standards. All parties in the door, drapery, gate, louver, and window operator and systems industries should be aware of the new UL 325 standard in order to provide the highest safety and liability prevention available for these systems. These parties include the manufacturer, designer, specifier, dealer, installer, technician, and end user-all of whom are responsible for the safety of these systems. The new standards affect how the systems are specified, installed, serviced, and used. Compliance by all parties will provide maximum safety.
We also comply with ASTM F 2200. ASTM stands for American Society for Testing and Materials. They are a product safety group similar to Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
F2200 is the standard that pertains to automated vehicular gates.
ASTM F2200 is the standard by which vehicular gates intended to be automated are fabricated and installed. ASTM F 2200, which became effective on July 10, 2001, includes design and construction standards that fence fabricators and installers can reference to fill the void between operator and gate standards. ASTM F 2200 applies only to the construction of gates that are intended to be automated. If a manual gate is later to be automated, the gate must conform to the current standards before it is automated.
Like UL 325, ASTM F2200 is a voluntary standard. This is a legal distinction only and does not mean compliance is optional for the installer. All that is meant by the term voluntary standard is that the provisions do not carry the force of law. Such standards are created by industries rather than government and set forth best practices. While these standards are designed to create a consensus on critical safety measures related to the associated products, a practical consequence is that they can be used as the basis for determining liability in the event of death or injury. ASTM F2200 gate manufacturers can choose to provide compliant or non-compliant products, barring state or local codes that require them to do so. A fully compliant automated vehicular gate system is one in which products conforming to UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards are provided, and installed according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
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