This article explores some questions you may have about automatic pedestrian doors. Read on to discover more!
How do automatic pedestrian doors work?
Automatic pedestrian doors are operated through various means, including electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic energy. In all cases, a sensing device detects a person's approach. The most common type of sensor is an infrared beam near the floor, which detects the heat from a person's body. There are also pressure-sensitive mats placed on the floor in front of the door. When you step on the pressure mat, it transmits a signal to the door to open.
Do automatic doors have sensors that detect when something or someone is in the way?
Some doors have sensors that will stop the door from closing if an object is detected in the path of the doorway. This can be a handy feature, especially for people with impaired vision or who have heavy items to carry through the doors as it helps to prevent you from becoming trapped or crushed.
Can automatic pedestrian doors be opened by someone pushing on them?
Yes, most doors can be opened manually, if necessary, by pushing on them. You may initially feel a bit of resistance, but once the door begins to gain momentum, it should open easily.
How fast do automatic doors open and close?
The doors will open and close at different speeds, depending on the door model and the amount of force applied. If you are concerned about the speed at which a door opens or closes, you should have it inspected by a contractor.
Do automatic doors require maintenance or repair?
Automatic pedestrian doors are very durable and long-lasting. However, there are some things that you should check periodically. Keep an eye on the hinges and lubricate them as needed. Also, check the sensors to ensure they are clean and free of obstruction. If a door is not opening or closing correctly, something may be blocking the sensor beam, or the sensor may be malfunctioning. It is also worthwhile having a contractor carry out an inspection every now and again.
Are automatic pedestrian doors safe?
Yes, automatic pedestrian doors are safe when used as directed. Take care when approaching or passing through the door, as with any other type of door. Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your door.
Contact a professional who works on automatic pedestrian doors for more information.