What do you need to consider?
The design, installation, use and maintenance of machine-operated doors (door automation) falls under the common European standard SS-EN 16005.
The standard specifies the requirements for machine-operated interior and exterior doors for pedestrians and applies to all CEN countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Iceland.
Which doors are affected?
The SS-EN 16005 defines safety requirements for machine-operated sliding, swinging and revolving doors for pedestrians, including balanced doors and folding doors with door leaves moving horizontally. The standard applies to all installations made after April 10, 2013.
According to the standard, an automatic door opener is to be defined as low- or full-energy automatic. The division determines, among other things, whether the automatic door should be used with or without safety sensors with self-test function.
Doors that achieve sufficient opening power through Low Energy solutions can be used without safety sensors. The built-in protection functions of the automatic system are considered sufficient. However, in environments where children, people with disabilities or the elderly are primarily present, the door must be provided with additional protective measures such as monitoring safety sensors.
For door openers defined as full-energy automatics, higher demands are placed on protective measures such as monitoring sensors, barriers, safety distances and clamp protection. Safety sensors should be located on both sides of the door. With the help of the sensors, the risk of crushing should be minimized.
The safety sensors must comply with EN 16005, which requires, among other things, continuous communication between safety sensors and door automation.
Responsibility to comply with the standard
The seller, designer, and installer for end-users of door automation are obliged to inform the buyer of the safety requirements of standard EN 16005. The information shall be provided in writing.
If the door automation comes from one manufacturer and door leaf from another, the automatic is considered a partially completed machine. This means that the person who installs the door automation is considered to be the manufacturer and thus is responsible.
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Door automation on Thermod’s doors
All Thermod door automation complies with the European standard SS-EN 16005:2012 for machine-driven doors.
As an extra security, it is also possible to supplement with sensors after completion of the installation if it turns out that the risk assessment that was made during the design needs to be reassessed.