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Revolutionising Accessibility: The Impact of Automated Doors on Inclusivity

There is little doubt that automated doors have a number of benefits for businesses including being more environmentally sustainable as well as being convenient for staff and clients. However, a key benefit of automation is actually accessibility and inclusivity.

The Equality Act 2010 in the UK made it a requirement for businesses to ensure those with disabilities are able to access the premises and move freely around which saw a wide-spread introduction of ramps, widened doorways, lifts, accessible toilets and automated door systems enabling wheelchair users easy access.

Whilst there is no one solution to making a building inclusive to all, installation of automated doors is a great place to start. Traditional manual doors can pose significant barriers to those with physical disabilities, the elderly, and people with limited mobility.

The strength of automated doors for inclusivity is that they do not require any physical contact in order to operate them. This means they need to be operated via a sensor, key fob, pressure plate or a button placed at a conveniently low height, as well as remaining open for a suitable time to allow safe access. They are vital in spaces such as healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, retail stores and public transit hubs.

There are various types of automated doors which include:

  • Standard sliding doors – These are generally operated using motion detection so a wheelchair user for example wouldn’t need to stop moving to enter the building or pass through the door.
  • Telescopic pocket doors – These doors provide the widest opening possible for a small wall space, with two or more wall panels which slide and stack into the wall and can be fully automated.
  • Revolving Doors – These are comprised of three or four doors hanging and rotating on a central shaft and are great for insulating the building.
  • Automatic bathroom doors – These are now more commonly being installed in private homes but can make a big difference to an office environment, where the door is operated by a push plate or button.

The key to installing the right doors within your business is using the most appropriate components for the job. At Parvalux the gearboxes ranging from the GB58, GB80, GB12 and GB9 cover doors ranging from light to super heavy duty.

GB58 Gearbox Range

The GB58 range is known for its durability, robustness and versatility within a wide range of applications.

  • Durability – The GB58 range is durable and has a long service life, which can save in maintenance costs and downtime. This is ideal for a heavy-usage application like automated doors.
  • Compact – This small gearbox can fit into tight spaces making it suitable for applications with not much wiggle room.
  • Versatile – Being a small but powerful this gearbox has great torque density which means it can be used in many different applications but also in many different doors.

If you are looking to implement automated doors within your premises look no further than the GB9 or GB58 gearbox ranges that can be combined with a PMDC and BLDC motor from Parvalux. These combinations are fully customisable and therefore can be adjusted to fit your bespoke requirements. So, if you need a reliable and powerful drive system for your automated doors get in contact with our team who will be happy to help!

GB9 Gearbox Range

This compact and powerful gearbox is designed for precision, is reliable, and durable and offers four key features:

  • Variety – The gearbox speed can be chosen from a range of ratios from 12.5 to 75:1, this will also affect the torque output of the gearbox.
  • Efficient – The GB9 offers efficiencies up to 90% which means the motor doesn’t lose too much power when converting to higher torque.
  • Heavy Duty – This gearbox is perfect for heavy-duty applications which enables heavy-weighted doors to be included within an automated system.
  • Fully Customisable – The GB9 range can be tailored to meet specific requirements of various door systems ensuring you get the functionality that you need.

Want to know more about how door automation can help your business be more inclusive? Click here to find out.