A power-operated door that opens at the approach of a person and closes when the person has passed is the basic concept behind all automatic doors. This of course is a simplified view of the complex system of motors, sensors, control boards, and hardware that make up all automatic doors.
When automatic doors are properly selected, installed and maintained, they provide welcoming, convenient, secure access that tells your customers you care about them. The first impression is a lasting one, and automatic doors help you leave a positive impression. Studies done by the Retail Sales Federation found sites with automatic doors saw increases of up to 13% in foot traffic into member stores. The Department of Energy found that retail establishments with properly maintained and installed automatic doors can expect a 7% decrease in energy cost. Those statistics only touch on the benefit of automatic doors.
The Action Group products are compatible with all types of applications while providing for ease of installation and dependable operation. The persistent effort to incorporate quality materials and craftsmanship has earned the confidence of architects, general contractors, and end users throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Whether the project is renovation upgrade, new construction, national account, or one of a kind, the automatic door systems engineered by TAG will provide years of dependable service.
The primary standard addressing automatic pedestrian doors is the American National Standard for Power Operated Pedestrian Doors, ANSI/BHMA A156.10. The latest version is dated 2005. The ANSI A156.10 standard provides details and specifications for installation that have been designed to provide a safe, properly functioning automatic door system. For example, the standard contains information regarding minimum or maximum dimensions, recommended forces, and layouts for various components of power-operated door systems. Revolving doors have a separate standard; ANSI/BHMA A156.27-2003 American National Standard for Power And Manual Operated Revolving Pedestrian Doors.
All TAG technicians are AAADM certified in the installation and maintenance of automatic door systems. We attend hours of training each year to maintain proper design and care of your system. Action Controls provides swing, slide, folding, and revolving door systems that incorporate the latest in automation technology.
There are four major types of automatic doors: swinging, sliding, folding, and revolving.
Automatic Sliding Doors: Automatic sliding doors provide effective two-way traffic. Sliding doors are equipped with a feature that allows the sliding door to swing when pushed out in emergencies. This feature, known as “breakout” or “breakaway”, qualifies them to be used in locations that require emergency egress capability. Sliding doors are offered in various configurations, including traditional biparting, single slide and telescoping models. These doors require an adequate amount of slide room in which the door can move. Sliding doors should always include appropriate sensors or control mats and safety signage.
Automatic Swinging doors: Typically, when a swinging door is automated, two doors are used. One door swings inward and the other door swings outward. This enables two-way traffic. Two-way traffic through a single automatic swinging door is not normally recommended. The exception is a low-energy swing operator that has different characteristics than a fully automatic door. It is crucial that these types of doors be well marked to indicate the direction of travel. Safety zones for swinging doors are covered in Section 8.1.2 of ANSI A156.10. Different requirements are in place for different systems. Requirements depend on what combination of sensors and control mats is used. There are two types of sensors for automatic swinging doors, overhead mount and door mount. Each has different characteristics and enables different pattern sizes and performance.
Automatic Folding Doors: A folding door requires minimal space to install, yet provides plenty of clear door space. This makes this type of door a preferred choice when space is at a premium. These doors should have an emergency swing feature if the door is being used as an egress location. Automatic folding doors have two or more separate panels. The first panel swings and the second panel slides in a guide, enabling it to slide as both panels swing into a “V” shape, which is the fold. Automatic folding doors may include either a single folding door that swings in or out or a pair of doors that simultaneously fold in or out.
Revolving Doors: Automatic revolving door systems offer dramatic architectural appeal, energy efficiency and the ability to move vast pedestrian traffic. The product offering comes in a wide selection of finishes, diameters, door wing configurations, glazing options, sensors and security features. Revolving door systems offer advantages. First, revolving doors act as “always open,” “always closed” hence greatly reduce air infiltration in and out of building, which results in measurable energy savings. Second, revolving doors enable unique design options for the architect and building owner adding to the aesthetic value of the design and the property.