We have recently completed a project at a hospice in Harlow. The hospice was undertaking some refurbishment to a number of its bedrooms and part of this was to automate the existing sliding bathroom doors. Some of the patients were experiencing difficulties in pulling the bathroom door open and closed as many were unable to walk without the support of a frame making it difficult to balance whilst opening the door. We used the existing doors and mounted the operators within the wooden framework which formed the pocket into which the doors slide. One of our engineers took the series of photographs which can be seen below, these show the job at various stages of completion.
These operators are also used for sliding doors within cavities in domestic situations. Normally one half of the stud is erected, we come along and install the automation and hang the door and then the front face of the wall is built. It is important that a full width inspection panel is incorporated into the covering face of the wall so that the operator can accessed for servicing.
|The front face of the existing studwork has been removed so the installation can commence.|
|The operator has now been installed into the cavity. The box sitting on top on the right hand side is the motor assembly. This can be attached to the rest of the operator either on top, as shown, on the side or in line depending on the space available.|
|The door is top hung off the carriages so there is no track on the floor.|
|This is the installation viewed from the bedroom. The black box above the door is a radar which scans the threshold area and stops the door if it detects anything in the door’s path. The wire on the left of the picture is where the push pad is to be fitted.|