Tuesday, April 6, 2010
For some time now I have been talking about the release of an entirely new gate that consists of a series of sliding panels, and I am proud to announce that the finishing touches are being applied to it as I write.
More on that in a minute. First I need to explain the concept of our gates and how they are different, because after all, scissor and panel gates are not new. What is new is the unique engineering and versatility of deployment that we build into our guarding products, which allows them to stand on their own, deploy and protect with ease, yet retract and fold completely out of the way, granting unobstructed access to a machine or an area. This uniqueness also makes our products somewhat difficult to classify, because they can be a gate, a guard, a barrier, a fence, or any combination thereof.
Scissor gates (the most common being the ones you see covering storefronts) generally require overhead suspension and a tracking rail because they are floppy and cannot support themselves. They can open and close in a straight line, but that's it. Sliding panel gates are much the same, requiring suspension and tracking systems in order to operate. They have no versatility.
In regards to our Extendamatic scissor gate we have engineered it to stand rigidly on its own, so that it can expand and retract with ease, as well as swing completely out of the way when not in use. In my opinion, it is the most versatile guarding system available today. That's probably why it is currently keeping workers safe in many of America's major manufacturing industries. You can see it by clicking here.
But let's get back to the new panel gate which we have trade marked Slide-a-matic. The standard sliding panels have a height of 76.75-inches (although they can certainly be taller or shorter), and each is 51.5 inches wide. A 4-panel gate when deployed can close off a length of 14-feet. When retracted it is the width of a single panel with a thickness of only 3.5-inches! And it can easily rotate to the side. Amazing! Two Slide-a-matic gates (one mounted to the left, the other to the right) can be brought together in the center, effectively closing off a length of 28-feet. Additional versatility is provided when 2 gates are configured to join at right angles to form a pen.
Slide-a-matic's tall panels, with only a small gap at the floor, qualify it as a security gate as well as a safety guard or fence. As one example, it will be perfect guarding for manufacturing robots, permitting complete denial or complete access to the machine, depending on preference.
We have had a lot of interest in this product and are anxious for its release. A comprehensive review of it will be available on our website shortly, and I will announce it in this blog along with product photos.
More later. . .