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Automatic doors are a type of machine, and all machines must comply with the European Machinery Directive. This is intended to ensure installations are not a risk to any users, including less physically able users such as children, wheelchair users, and elderly people.
EN16005 is a harmonised standard under the Machinery Directive. CDVI advises that all DIGIWAY door automation installations must comply with EN16005 regulations.
The regulations cover a range of different factors that must be considered when evaluating a site for the installation of an automated door.
These factors include (but are not limited to): safety signage, emergency previsions, safety barriers, and sensors to reduce the risks associated with automated doors.
One of the range of safety measures available is sensors that detect people in danger zones. These might be powered by infrared or microwave technology. The goal of sensors is to detect when a person or part or a person has entered a zone where they could be injured by an automatically operated door. If the door is in operation at that time, the sensor can trigger the door operator to immediately stop the action of the door to prevent injury.
We have created a document to indicate how sensors could be installed to protect portions of the door zone in environments posing different levels of risk to users.
Note that the level of safety provisions required to comply with EN16005 should be determined using a comprehensive risk assessment carried out by a trained installer on-site.