Instructions for Slide Gate Operating Systems
is Everyone's Business
operators provide convenience and security to users. However, because
these machines can produce high levels of force, it is important
that all gate operator system designers, installers and end users
be aware of the potential hazards associated with improperly designed,
installed or maintained systems. Keep in mind that the gate operator
is one component of a total gate operating system. Each component
must work in unison with the others to provide the end user with
convenience, security, and safety.The following
information contains various safety precautions and warnings for
the system designer, installer and end user. Although he warnings
are not completely exhaustive in nature (due to many and varied
possible applications), they do provide an overview of the importance
of safe design, installation and use.NOTE: OSCO gate
operators are intended to be part of a total gate operating system.
It is the responsibility of the purchaser, designer and installer
to ensure that the total system is safe for intended use.
Designer Safety Instruction
yourself with precautions and warnings for the installer. They
are relying on your design to provide a safe, danger-free installation
and system use.If the gate
is near a residential area, or pedestrian traffic is expected
near the gate, additional safety features such as electric gate
edges or photo electric sensors should be installed to prevent
- When designing
a system which will be entered off of a highway or main thoroughfare,
make sure the system is placed far enough away from the road to
eliminate traffic back up. Distance from the road, size of the
gate, usage levels and gate cycle/speed must be taken into consideration
to eliminate a potential traffic hazard.
- Before Installation
- Check to
see that the operator is proper for the gate's type, size and
frequency of use.You must
assure that the gate has been properly installed and does not
drag on the ground. Repair or service any worn or damaged gate
hardware prior to installation. A freely moving gate will require
less force to operate and enhance the performance of the operator
as well as the safety devices used with the system.Install the
gate operator on the inside of the property and/or fence line.
Do not install and operator on the public side of the gate.If the gate
is near a residential area, or pedestrian traffic is expected
near the gate, additional safety equipment such as reversing gate
edges or photocell sensors should be installed to prevent entrapment.Certain types
of gates can create greater hazards to pedestrians. Any gate that
has exposed, reachable pinch points, or is constructed to allow arms and legs to
pass through it, is a potential hazard. These hazards should be
guarded against.Review the
operation of the unit and become familiar with the manual-disconnect
mechanism and the safety features of the system.A push button
control or a keyswitch should be installed to allow for manual
operation of the gate if the automatic entry controls do not work.
Locate the push button within sight of gate in a secured area.
Locate the keyswitch or pushbutton 7 feet or more from the gate
- Outdoor or
easily accessed automatic gate opener controls should be security
type to prohibit unauthorized use.
B. During Installation
- Be aware
of all moving parts and avoid close proximity to any pinch pointsDISCONNECT
POWER at the control panel before making any electric service
power connectionKnow how
to operate the manual-disconnect mechanism.Adjust the
clutch to the minimum force required to operate the gate smoothly
without slippage. Do not over-tighten the clutch.Place controls
a minimum of seven feet away from the gate so that the user can
see the gate and operate controls but cannot touch the gate or
gate operator while operating the controls.
- Warning signs
must be placed on each side of the gate or in high-visibility
areas to alert of automatic gate operations.
- After Installation
- You are responsible
for assuring that the end user understands the basic operations
and safety systems of the unit, including the location and operation
of the manual disconnect.
- Point out
that the safety instructions are the responsibility of the end
user and then leave a copy of this brochure with the end user!
of the gate operator mechanism does not know what type of gate you
have or what types of automatic systems are installed on your gate.
Be sure you've been fully instructed on the sequence of operation
of your specific gate-system.
- Safe operation
of this equipment requires that you follow all safety instructions
and distribute these instruction to all person authorizes to use
your gate.Keep Clear
of the Gate area (front and back) at all times. Your automatic
gate is not for pedestrian use.Do not allow
children near your gate.Do not operate
your gate system unless you can see the gate when it moves.You must
assure that a push button or keyswitch has been installed for
manual electrical operation in the event your radio or card control
does not work. Any keyswitch should be located far enough from
the gate so the gate cannot be touched. Any push button located
in a building should be installed within sight of the gate. Do
not operate either control without watching movement of the gate.If your gate
is in a residential area or has pedestrian traffic, be sure a
reversing edge sensor or photoelectric sensor has been purchased
and installed.If your gate
closes automatically, be sure loop detectors are installed on
both sides of the gate and an electric edge or photoelectric sensor
has been purchased and installed.Do not over
tighten the clutch to compensate for a damaged gate. The gate
should always be maintained to operate as easily as possible to
check all safety systems. If these systems are observed to operate
improperly, discontinue their use and have a qualified technician
service the system immediately.To operate
this equipment safely, you must receive detailed instructions
on the operation of the manual disconnect. If you feel you haven't
received full and proper instructions, contact OSCOYou are responsible
for assuring that the warning signs provided are installed on
both sides of your gate.
- To assure
safe operation of this equipment, you must read this safety manual
& keep it for reference.
for Swing Gate Operating Systems
Traffic or Residential Area:
Internal operator load sensors and friction clutches,
even when properly adjusted, are generally not sensitive enough
to prevent arm or hand injuries. For this reason, padded electric
gate edges, or photoelectric sensing systems are recommended
when automatic gate openers are used near pedestrian traffic.
A suggested system is shown above. Use of a separate pedestrian
walk gate is always recommended.
Safety Precautions for Swing Gates