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BESAM AUTOMATIC DOORS - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products

Besam is a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, a world-leading supplier of automated entrance systems and service for commercial, health care and residential applications.

With manufacturing facilities in Sweden, the Czech Republic, the USA and China, we provide automatic swing doors, sliding doors, revolving doors, and dedicated service and maintenance to a global clientele in more than 75 countries.

Most home extensions of a modern design having many automated and smart systems requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the build.  Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the scheme design drawings and specifications.

The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.

Automatic Doors For Security And Pleasure

Automatic doors and good secure access control used to be two totally different types of door entry systems. With modern materials and high-tech design it is possible to combine access control and automatic doors without compromising security, yet still maintaining entry systems that are pleasing to the eye. When we talk of security in the same topic as entrances, it often relates to safety and fire as well as access control.

In many places we almost expect doors to open for us as we approach public and commercial premises. Shopping centres and most high street stores now tend to specify automatically opening doors in one description or another - simply to make life easy for customers to enter the premises. From a commercial point of view they can help determine pedestrian traffic numbers and conserve energy.

Whilst temperature adjustment and door entry systems are usually combined it allows the customer to come in from the British weather and experience an ambient interior, low cost energy automatic doors now allow for this luxury with excellent pay-back results.

Automatic low energy swing doors represent a real innovation for the automatic door industry in the UK, it is the an automatic system for swing doors with dimensions, weight and price closely resembling those of a good manual door closer.

The big difference is that this automatic low energy swing door system has an internal battery, the Push & Go function is useful in situations where sensors and other detection devices are unsuitable, the automatic system is particularly suitable for use where disability access is required or indeed the premises are used by people with mobility problems.

It is designed for a maximum load of 80 kg, with a door leaf of 1000 mm and an opening speed of 3 to 5 s in conditions of heavy duty and for a maximum weight of 90 kg with a 1200 mm leaf in conditions of light duty.

To open the door, simply push the bar - the motor does the rest. advanced electronics using the latest generation of microprocessor controls that have an integral intelligence which automatically performs the necessary adjustments and 'teach-in' during commissioning.

The safety photocell barriers are checked before every closing movement. This regular checking of the door not only ensures that the door is operating efficiently at all times but also means that the door is safer to use.

The automatic folding door has various applications in retail, industrial and commercial areas.

The Automatic folding door is ideal for doorways where there is limited space for a door to slide or swing. It is often called a "space saver" door because it occupies the minimum of the clear opening and extremely little in depth. This makes it especially suitable for narrow door openings, passageways and where space is restricted. The automatic folding door is available in two and four leaf versions, it is made to measure for a perfect fit and offers a range of finishes.

Revolving doors have often been the hub of many situation comedy sketches since the day they were invented. Although they might invite reflections from the lighter side of life, automatic revolving doors really do combine all of the convenience of any traditional style automatic door together with a list of energy conservation advantages.

They can be set to revolve constantly at a slow pace so visitors may enter and leave, without the need to push, perfect for supermarkets. This ' hands free' automatic revolving door is often the favourite choice with supermarket giants like Asda and Tesco.

They can be built made to measure to ensure in any size to suit all types of applications. Take high-traffic locations where added space is required to aid a smoother flow of groups of people with anything from grocery carts to medical emergency equipment. Despite the non-stop appearance, sensors do stop the revolving mechanism if someone stopping or an article causing a blockage obstructs it.

By the very nature of automatic doors, there is a very important decision that must be made, that of which Automatic Door Engineer do you choose to install it. Because automatic doors offer easy access to anyone, they are popular by demand and skill is required to fit them, more than any other type of door.

Take for example disabled people, they experience dreadful problems simply by using manual doors, this situation could be made worse by poor door and access designs and the use of heavy door closers or indeed wrongly adjusted sensors. Some may be set so that they are not triggered by children and pets, yet a person in a wheel chair may also go undetected, or indeed get trapped in an automatic revolving door because of the speed calibration.

There are some 6.4 million disabled people in Britain so replacing your manual doors with new automatic doors or low energy doors will certainly allow the opening and closing of doors without physical effort, thus eliminating an obstacle for disabled people and their carers.

Not only is there growing awareness of the need to improve our access and facilities for disabled people, but also changes in the law, such as The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, has led to new building regulations and the demand for improved standards of access to public buildings.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 means that it is a legal requirement to ensure that there is appropriate access to all public buildings and rented accommodation.