Is Your Gate Out Of Date? A Guide To UL 325 and ASTM 2200

The safety and security of automatic gates are of the utmost importance, which is why it is essential to make sure they are equipped with up-to-date standards. Understanding the codes and standards that apply to automatic gates is key to ensuring they are safe and effective. In this blog post, we will take a look at two important standards: Gate Code UL 325 and ASTM 2200. We will explore their importance and how they help to keep automatic gates safe and secure.

The Problem With Outdated Standards

When it comes to safety and security for automated gates, outdated standards can be a major concern. Outdated standards can lead to gates that are vulnerable to attack, malfunctioning, or otherwise unsafe. Automatic gates must meet certain standards of quality and safety in order to function properly and protect those who use them. Without up-to-date standards, these gates may not be able to provide the necessary protection or performance.

Unfortunately, many automatic gate systems are still using outdated standards. The UL 325 standard, which was created in 1981, is one example of an outdated standard that is still widely used. While this standard has been updated over the years, it is still not as comprehensive as more modern standards such as ASTM 2200. ASTM 2200 is the latest standard for automated gates and provides more detailed guidelines for gate design, installation, and maintenance.

It’s important to be aware of outdated standards when it comes to automatic gates. Outdated standards may not provide adequate safety and performance, which can lead to serious accidents or security risks. If you’re using an automatic gate system, it’s essential to make sure you’re using up-to-date standards for maximum safety and performance.

 

The Benefits of Up-To-Date Standards

When it comes to ensuring safety and security, having up-to-date standards for automatic gates is essential. The current industry standard for automatic gates is the Gate Code UL 325, as specified by the Underwriters Laboratories, and the ASTM 2200, set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials. These standards require gate operators to adhere to strict safety guidelines and features to protect people and property, including motion detectors, sensors, and alarms.

Having up-to-date standards can provide a variety of benefits that improve safety and security. For instance, a properly functioning gate operator is able to detect when a person or object has entered its line of sight, and is equipped with sensors that will stop and reverse the gate’s direction if the operator detects an obstacle in its path. It also provides the option for manual override in case of emergency. Moreover, many up-to-date gate operators are equipped with an emergency stop button to halt the gate immediately in case of an emergency situation.

The most important benefit of up-to-date standards is the peace of mind they bring. Knowing that your automatic gate is up to date with current safety and security standards gives you the assurance that your property is secure and your family is safe. Additionally, staying up-to-date on safety standards can help keep your insurance premiums low, as insurers may offer discounts for homes and businesses with updated security measures.

How to Find Out If Your Automatic Gate Is Up-To-Date

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American Fence Association | Gate Automation Technical School [GATS]

Quality Gates And Openers is proud to have two members of our amazing team, Michael Johnson and Bryce Hall, representing us at the American Fence Association’s Gate Automation Technician School this week in Arlington, Texas, continuing their education in preparation for the Gate Automation Technician Certification Examination administered by the Accreditation & Certification Institute. Recognized as the premier school for training safe and professional automated gate technicians, our installers are learning everything from the initial automated gate design to its final installation along with associated hazards, safety standards, and many other critical key points. At the conclusion of their classes, they’ll have the opportunity to complete the examination.

We wish them both well in their studies and know that we’re behind you all the way! 🎓

*Please note: some images are shared from the AFA Facebook page; others by our staff on-site.

At Quality Gates and Openers, we are Certified Gate Installers!

(What are ASTM and UL Certifications, and why do they matter?)

When you are ready to have a gate installed, you want it done correctly. Here at Quality Gates, we are certified gate installers and fabricators by the I.D.E.A. (Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation). This may not sound all that exciting, but in the world of gate safety it means everything.

What exactly does it mean?

This means our team is qualified to create and install the highest quality product possible to keep you and your family safe when operating your gate. Each member of our team has been trained to conform to ASTM and/or UL which combined follow all the code requirements for automated operator safety, design safety and more.

Why should this matter?

One main reason: safety. Gates are dangerous! There are many ways things can go wrong if a gate is improperly installed that can result in severe injury or even death. We install our gates correctly, efficiently and up to code. If something should ever happen to anyone involving your gate, you will be liable and the company who installed it will be liable. We make sure to do it right the first time, so you and your family can enjoy your gate knowing it has passed the certification standards for gate safety.

There are many codes that require the adherence to UL and ASTM, including building codes, fire codes, residential dwelling codes and property maintenance codes.

These certifications have been around for years, but alarmingly most people (including gate installers) either have not heard of them or do not adhere to them. We at Quality Gates are here to tell you that WE absolutely do, and pride ourselves on our certified gate installers and designers. It is in everyone’s best interest to conform to the UL and ASTM standards to keep your loved ones safe.

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