Door Industry Journal - Summer 2022

Also online at: 94 THE door industry journal summer 2022 Automated Gates & Barriers RNLI Finds an Entry System Fit for the Elements At the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifeboat station in Sennen Cove, Lands End, exposure to the harsh coastal conditions had taken its toll on the site’s entry system. An automatic barrier that was relied on to allow crew and visitors access to the site – and to prevent unauthorised entry – had to be removed due to rust that had built up over time. Instead, the RNLI had to rely on traffic cones to control access while waiting for a more practical option. Local installer, South West Garage Doors (SWGD), found a solution that would not only provide the level of access control required by the RNLI, but that would withstand the challenging weather conditions in this part of Cornwall. In an exposed coastal location such as Sennen Cove, rust caused by the coastal environment can be a major issue when it comes to equipment longevity. The new solution would have to perform reliably throughout the year and the preference was for an automatic barrier. A robust solution SWGD installed a BFT Automation Maxima Ultra 36 barrier in stainless steel finish, which is suitable for intensive use and provides weather resistance, minimising the damage caused by saltwater spray. The stainless steel casing ensures that the electromechanical barrier mechanism is protected from the elements. BFT’s flagship barrier, the Maxima Ultra 36 can provide a drive-through gap of up to six metres – the perfect size for cars, small vans and lifeboat trailers to pass through. Jon Burtenshaw, Managing Director of South West Garage Doors, said: “We have been working with BFT Automation for many years. When we were specifying this project for the RNLI, we knew we needed a solid, reliable product which would work in this difficult environment. BFT barriers were the obvious choice.” Kevin Spinks, Managing Director of BFT Automation, added: “This is a great example of the robustness and reliability of BFT Automation products. Even in the most challenging of environments, they can be counted on to provide excellent performance and we are pleased that a fantastic organisation like the RNLI has put their trust in one of our products.” Part of the Somfy Group, BFT Automation is a manufacturer and distributor of entrance automation technology that controls access for people and vehicles in commercial, residential and urban environments. BFT automatic barriers provide a reliable solution to security and exit and entry for parking sites, premises and other restricted areas.

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