Retrofit Electric Door Openers Designed To Automate Manual Swinging DoorsWhen it comes to automation, Automatic Door and Hardware is an expert. Our family has been in the automatic door industry for generations. If automatic entrance doors are too expensive or not in your budget, than an automatic door opener might be the perfect budget friendly solution for you. An automatic door opener is cost effective, since it reuses your existing manual, swinging doors. The automatic door opener mounts to the top of the door frame and automatically pushes or pulls the door opened and closed. Automatic Door and Hardware offers the best selection of automatic door openers that are UL Listed for all North American market safety requirements, as well as ANSI/BHMA compliant ensuring product reliability. Order automatic door openers today and receive FREE shipping on all products.
What Is An Automatic Door Opener?
An automatic door opener, or power door opener, is a device that automatically opens and closes an entrance door. Automatic door openers are electrically driven, and consist of a DC motor, mechanical gearbox, electronic microprocessor controller, and an pivoting arm mechanism. Automatic door openers are a retrofit product, designed to mount to any commercial door frame with a manual swinging door and transform that entry into an automated swinging door. Automatic door openers have gained a large popularity since they are much less expensive then purchasing an entire swing door system which includes the door panels and frame.
Automatic Door Opener Applications
- Hospitals & Healthcare
- Retail Stores
- Pharmacies & Department Stores
- Bus Stations & Airports
- Schools & Universities
- Government Buildings
- And More
How Can I Open My Door Automatically
The automatic door opener works by activation. There are a variety of activation accessories and safety devices which can be integrated into the automatic door opener.
Wireless Push Plates
The most common activation accessory of an automatic door opener is the wireless push plate. This knowing act device, consists of a stainless steel push plate, mounting box, and wireless transmitter. A large wheelchair symbol and the words "Push To Open" appear on the face of the plate. When a pedestrian presses the push plate, the transmitter emits a signal to the automatic door opener to open the door.
Hardwired Push Plates
Similar to the wireless push plate, however a transmitter is not used. Instead signal wires are ran directly from the push plate to the automatic door opener. When a pedestrian presses the push plate, the signal is sent through the wires to the automatic door opener, allowing the door to open.
Wireless Touchless Wave To Open Switches
Similar to the wireless push plates, except the pedestrian can simply wave his or her hand in front of the touchless switch to active the automatic door opener to open the door. Touchless activation switches are perfect for healthcare facilities and any restroom application, since they help prevent the spread of germs by not requiring the use of hands to open the door.
Vertical Actuator Bars
This 36 inch tall activation switch operates exactly like a traditional push plate. It is available in hardwired or wireless models. Vertical actuator bars have gained popularity since they were passed as a requirement for all buildings in the state of California.
Automatic Door Opener Installation Types
Automatic door openers can be installed on virtually any type of commercial door. No matter the door and frame material type, the automatic door opener always mounts to the top of the door frame on the interior side of the building. Since automatic door openers are electro-mechanical and house electronic components, they should always be installed in a dry area away from rain, water, or snow.
Steel Door and Frame Installation
Commercial steel doors are commonly used as exit doors or security entrance doors. Automatic door openers can be installed on steel doors. The Commander automatic door opener is UL Listed for fire doors up to 3 hours. If the steel door is a fire rated door, then the automatic door arm will attach to the door with sex nuts and bolts.
Wood Door and Frame Installation
Most commercial interior doors are wood doors with steel frames, or wood doors with wood frames. In either case, an automatic door opener can be installed on wood doors using wood screws.
Commercial Glass Door and Frame Installation
Most commercial building entrance doors are aluminum glass doors also known as storefront doors. An automatic door opener can be installed on storefront doors with self tapping metal screws.
Automatic Door Opener Arm Types
The mechanical device that connects the door to the automatic door opener body is known as the arm assembly. Automatic door openers utilize two main arm types: outswing arms and inswing arms.
Outswing Arm: The outswing arm is a push type of arm used on right hand reverse or left hand reverse automatic door openers. This arm type is used when the automatic door opener is mounted at top of the door frame on the push side of the door.
Inswing Arm: The inswing arm is a pull type of arm used on right hand or left hand automatic door openers. This arm type is used when the automatic door opener is mounted at top of the door frame on the pull side of the door. The inswing arm includes a track with slide block, that mounts to the door.
Automatic Door Opener Reveal Requirements
Reveal refers to the distance from the face of the door to the face of the door frame. An automatic door opener with an outswing push type arm, can handle up to 9-3/4 inches of reveal, making it satisfy all standard commercial door frame installations as well as many custom door frame sizes. The inswing pull type arm is designed to handle the industry standard of zero inches of reveal.
Automatic Door Opener Features
- State Of The Art Microprocessor Design
- Self Learning Automatic Door Setup
- Non Handed Design Allows Operator To Be Used For Any Door Hand. Outswing Or Inswing Arm Specification Required.
- Silent Door Operation
- 3 Hour Fire Rated Door Opener - Can Be Installed On Virtually Any Commercial Building Door
- Reverse On Obstruction Safety Function
- Push and Go Function
- Hold Open Function
- On Board Controller Diagnostics For Troubleshooting
- Heavy duty gearbox features full mechanical stop
- Built In Controller Interface For: Fire Alarm, Safety Sensors, Electric Strike Lock, Magnetic Lock, and More
- Fully Adjustable Opening Speed, Closing Speed, Hold Open Time
- Robust DC motor drive
Automatic Door Opener Compliance
When purchasing an automatic door opener, proper compliance with laws, codes, national and local jurisdictions must be followed in order to ensure the safety of any one who uses the the automatic door.
National Fire Protection Association - NFPA
If the automatic door opener is installed on a commercial door that is fire rated, then the automatic door opener must also be fire rated. This organization specifies requirements for fire doors. Any automatic door opener on a fire door must comply with the requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association.
Americans With Disabilities Act - ADA
Unbeknownst to most people, the Americans With Disabilities Act is a law passed by Congress in 1990 to stop discrimination among people with disabilities. Also known as ADA, this law comes with requirements that must be followed in order to ensure equal accessibility for all. All automatic door openers must use some manual type of control to activate the door that requires one hand operation with no twisting of the wrist or pinching of the fingers. The manual activation control should be located outside of the door swing for safety.
American National Standards Institute / Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association - ANSI/BHMA
These associations specify the automatic door opener operation requirements such as opening speed, safety features, sensors, activation, decals, and more. The automatic door opener must operate according to these requirements in order to ensure safety and building code compliance.
International Building Code - IBC
The IBC provides a set of codes with structural, fire, and life safety requirements for commercial doors in buildings. Almost all states use the IBC as a base code to meet. When automatic door openers are installed on any commercial door it must comply with IBC codes.
Other local jurisdiction requirements or local authorities may have additional specifications that must be met. It is always best practice to consult directly with the authority or jurisdiction to confirm the compliance needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Automatic Door Openers Handed?Some automatic doors are handed. However, our Commander automatic door opener is not. The challenge with handed automatic door openers is that if you order the wrong hand, you would require a completely new automatic door opener. With our Commander automatic door opener the internal drive unit and controller assembly can simply be rotated, allowing it to be used for any door hand. We do however, require the arm type to be specified (push or pull arm) at the time of ordering.
My Door Has A Panic Bar On It? Can I Still Install The Automatic Door Opener?Yes, if the panic bar can be dogged down so it is unlatched, then the automatic door opener can operate. If the panic bar does not have dogging, then a rim electric strike will need to be purchased or a motorized latch retraction kit for the panic bar must be installed.
Does ADA Require Automatic Door Openers?No, ADA does not require automatic door openers. However in many cases exterior entrance doors with traditional hydraulic door closers cannot be adjusted to meet 8.5 pounds of opening force. In these cases, the only solution is an automatic door opener to create a barrier free entrance.