Automated Gates & Relocation!

James CampbellPlanned Maintenance, Reactive Maintenance, Relocation, Risk Assessment

Automated Gates

A relocation exercise is underway! Pearly Gate Maintenance Ltd has invested in new premises to make life easier and even more agreeable for their clients. Pearly Gate Maintenance now in its 2nd year has grown in popularity beyond expectations. The founder Directors Paul Edwards & Ritchie Bignell set out a vision focused on planned and reactive service levels to automated … Read More

Gate Maintenance Contract Quoting

Ritchie BignellService

Gate maintenance contract – please can I have a price? We are frequently asked by customers to give a quote for a gate maintenance contract for one or more of their sites. When we submit a quote by return, they often ask “Don’t you need to carry out a site visit?” It started us thinking as to why this might be … Read More

Gate Companies

Ritchie BignellRisk Assessment, Service

Gate companies

Why Are Gate Companies Often Not Local?   Should this be a concern? We are frequently asked by prospective new customers where our office is and when we tell them, they will often reply ‘that’s a long way away’ from us. It started us thinking as to why this might be an issue and possibly a barrier to securing their business. … Read More

Gate Safety

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Gate Safety

http://newtargets.wistia.com/medias/2drpdveax5?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=900 Tragic Story – Gate Safety! The following gate safety demonstration has been performed under the supervision of our trained engineers. We strongly suggest you do not try this on your own electric gate system. On 13 April 2006, a nine year old boy called Jason Keet was sadly killed by an automated gate, when he was trapped in the gap … Read More

Back of Gate Operator – What Is It?

Ritchie BignellOperator

What is a back of gate operator? A back of gate operator is one type of motor used on automated gates, as they need an operator (or motor) to drive the gate leaf open and closed.  The operator is effectively located horizontally on the gate leaf, connected to the gate post with a suitable bracket. How does it work? When the operator receives … Read More

Underground Operator – What Is It?

Ritchie BignellOperator

What is an underground operator? An underground operator is one type of motor used on automated gates, as they need an operator (or motor) to drive the gate leaf open and closed.  The operator is effectively is located at the base of the gate post in the ground. How does it work? When the operator receives a signal from the control system, the … Read More

A Fried Control Board Stops The Gate Working

Ritchie BignellControl Box

What is it? This is the description applied when the control board has suffered serious burn damage. Unfortunately it is not a part of a traditional full English breakfast. What happens? Initially, the gate stops working, which may be accompanied with the smell of burning or the throwing of the circuit breaker or trip at the electrical distribution box. Usually, … Read More

Control Board Damaged By A Slug

Ritchie BignellControl Box

What is it? This is a description applied when a slug or snail has slid across the control board, shorting it out. Unfortunately it is not the title of an obscure Children’s novel. This is one we found recently inside the controls cabinet. What happens? The gardeners reading this will be pleased to know that it usually kills the slug or … Read More

A Failed Force Test

James CampbellRisk Assessment

What is a failed force test? All gate forces should be measured and not exceed the four values set down in Annex A of BS EN 12453:2001.  If any of the readings measured are above the standard, then the gate has failed its force test. Why is it important? The HSE recommend that forces should be periodically checked as part … Read More

Control Box Wiring Looks Like A Birds Nest

James CampbellControl Box

control box

Birds Nest Wiring – This is a description applied when the inside of the control box is extremely messy, resembling a birds nest. However, occasionally an actual birds nest is found inside the control box, as it is nice and dry in there, a good safe place to raise chicks out of reach from the local cats. Why is it … Read More