Automated swing or sliding gate installations are usually large heavy devices with large automated moving elements. With many vehicles and people utilising these gates and barriers every day it is imperative that all installations meet the updated European safety requirements and have a valid CE mark.
CE stands for Conformité Européenne, or “in accordance with European directives“. CE marking is legally required for products such as swing and sliding gates that are sold on the European market.
By affixing a CE mark to our product, we are stating that we comply with all of the essential European safety, health and environmental protection requirements that are set for our product. When you as a customer purchase a product with a CE mark, you can therefore be assured that you are buying a safe product.
A CE mark is a declaration of safety. It therefore also serves as a burden of proof in damage claims. However, the marking does not say anything about the quality of the installation. There are other guidelines for manufacturers for determining quality.
The safety requirements for CE certification is expected to become more stringent from late 2021. The main purpose of this is to increase safety levels and help further reduce the number of accidents in the future. Swing, sliding and bi-folding gates will need to meet these new safety requirements. This does not mean, however, that existing gates with current CE marking are suddenly unsafe.
As of July 1, Heras products comply with the stricter CE marking requirements. Read more about the changes to our products, the essence of a safe gate, what you can do now and how security installations will be fully CE marked in our stories:
Existing CE-marked gates are still perfectly safe if they are maintained according to protocol. Modifying the gates is not mandatory but recommended.
Gates that have been delivered before the new standards come into force (expected to be at the end of 2021) must comply with the standard in force at that time. Should a gate be damaged and need to be repaired this can be done according to the old standards. Spare parts for modified products, such as an old-style drive, are also available through service.
As the owner, you are responsible for the maintenance and keeping the installation safe. In practice, we often notice that owners are not aware of this. As a result, a gate only receives maintenance when the gate no longer works or, even worse, has caused an unsafe situation.
At Heras, safety comes first! If you purchase a gate from Heras, you can rest assured that this gate meets the current CE requirements and can therefore be used safely. If you have a service contract, our service technicians will check safety during annual maintenance, including whether the gate still meets the necessary requirements.
A gate often stands on your site for decades, and is subject to wear and tear due to the many movements and influences from outside. The sooner you start servicing your gate, the more you will extend its service life. Because a mechanic regularly checks your door, you also reduce the risk of malfunctions and unsafe situations.
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