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Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Was your gate installed with UL325 Safety Compliance?

Our main priority during gate maintenance or installation is safety; plain and simple. UL325 is a set of safety regulations put into effect January 2016 in hopes of decreasing the amount of injuries and fatalities due to operated gate systems. With incidents having been reported since the 1970's, it's about time set safety measures came into effect. Whether you have an existing gate that's needs to be updated or you're thinking of having one installed, we want to help you get it done correctly. 

3 out of 4 gates and operators lack or need replacements of necessary safety features. However, with suppliers like LiftMaster and HySecurity, safety and security are made easy with quality products, built to last. Let's start with the basics of any gate. You'll need 2 independent safety devices at each entrapment zone. These are the areas in which someone can be injured if near the gate during operation (ref. gray areas below).

For Swing Gates, take a look at the diagram below to understand where the potential entrapment zones are as well as where safety features are to be placed. 

Courtesy of LiftMaster

Similarly, Slide Gates also have entrapment zones despite not opening out. Here you see that it's in and around the operator area where the gate slides to one side.

Courtesy of LiftMaster

With either type of gate, it's important to understand that the bottom edges must be smooth. This means that no sharp edges underneath the unit can be larger than 1/2 inch beyond the base of the unit. Another common issue are gates that have wide spaces in between the vertical bars where someone is able to reach their hands through to gain access. Whether or not the gate is in motion, someone can get injured which puts you at fault. If horizontal bars are more than 2 1/4" apart, a wire mesh screen must be put in behind to close the area of the gate that moves as well as the fence that the gate covers in the open position. Pedestrian gate access must be installed off to the side, away from main gate operation. This exit must be clearly marked for regular pedestrian exit or in the event of an emergency.

We hope that with a little insight, gate owners and potential buyers understand that safety features are necessary, not optional. With two safety features at each entrapment zone, the amount of injuries or fatalities will drastically decrease. If you're not sure if your gate is up to standard or thinking of installing one to protect your property, please contact us. We'd be happy to stop by for a consultation to let you know what your options are.

Also be sure to check out our SlideShare Presentation for a quick overview of gate safety.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Secured Facility - Cantilever Gates
Haldimand County, Ontario

Our recent project was to provide a solution to secure this site conveniently. Since it was a closed facility and no longer in use, security was key to prevent public access. However, truck drivers had to stop at the gates, get out of their truck and unlock the gate for access to the facility. When they were finished, the drivers would then have to stop on the way out and lock the gates.

Issue: Since the drivers didn't close the gates right after entering the site, it was left unsecured while they were inside working. Occasionally, the drivers would forget to stop and close the gates and Even when they did close the gate, they were left to wrestle with large, heavy gates just to shut them. 

Solution: A radio-controlled Automated Sliding Cantilever Gate was installed where the drivers could open the gate via transmitter.

If the driver doesn't close the gate right after entering, it will close automatically after about a minute. A set of thru-beam photo cells were also installed to ensure that the gate doesn't close on anyone or anything. Here you can see the trenching beginning with the pipelines:

This facility will now be much more secure as drivers don't need to worry about whether or not they remembered to close the gate. Drivers can come in and out of the site without leaving their trucks, increasing overall productivity!

Monday, 12 September 2016


This installation required a hi-lift to provide enough space for dump trucks to unload inside the facility. We supplied and installed sixteen (16) sectional doors using counterweight-balanced hardware. 13 with NEMA 4 operators and 4X control panels.

Two doors were 20' x 20' with 14 ft. hi-lift and high-cycles. Auxiliary head shafts were also required to spring for hi-lift. Two other doors were 20' x 30' with 20ft. high cycles.

Do you have large doors similar to these? Do you use them often or only a couple times a day? Let us know how they're working for your facility. We'd love to hear from you!

Friday, 2 September 2016


Foam-Frame-Dock-Shelter-Logo | Stitched Foam Shelter Logo | Wilcox Door

Recently, we installed Foam Frame Shelters in a Mississauga warehouse loading dock that was in an open area where high winds and debris are common. Aside from it's location, our client needed a solution that would accommodate 5 tonne and regular transport trucks.

Why install Foam Frame Shelters as opposed to regular Dock Seals? The trailer is able to pass through the side and top curtains, allowing full access during loading and unloading. For this particular installation, we needed to seal the gap between the shelter and the wall to prevent rain, wind or any debris from coming through due to the ridges on the building.

Think of how much more dry and warm the loading dock area will be especially in the winter; both for the driver and the warehouse staff. Even the products will be safe from any water damage.

What if the truck driver backs in off-centre, impacting the dock seals? These vertical pads can resist damage and return to their original form. Pretty neat, right? Another great feature is that the side curtains can be removed during the summer months to allow air flow into the building and prolong the life of the unit.

The Foam Frame Shelter was a no-brainer for this client as they have constant deliveries from differing truck sizes. Since air will no longer leak through around the trucks, they'll save money on heating and cooling costs. Therefore, their return on investment will come that much sooner!

As an added bonus, an Enbridge rebate was issued upon installation of this foam shelter, decreasing the cost of this new upgrade. Contact us to learn how you, too can save!
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