Automatic Doors Systems Glasgow & Edinburgh

RACAM offers a wide range of manual, semi, and fully automatic door systems in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and throughout Scotland.

We supply, install, maintain, and repair all types of automatic doors, from automatic sliding doors, swing doors, revolving doors, folding doors, telescopic doors, express doors, roller shutter doors, industrial doors, and more.

We serve customers in both public and private sectors. All our doors are professionally installed by our expert technicians, ensuring full compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.

What Is an Automatic Door System?

An automatic door system is a set of mechanical and electronic components designed to operate a door automatically. Automatic door system typically includes several key elements that work together to ensure smooth, safe, and efficient door operation. The main components of an automatic door system include:

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    Door Operator: This is the motorised mechanism that opens and closes the door. It can be tailored to different types of doors (like sliding, swinging, revolving, etc.) and is usually hidden from view, often installed above the door or within the door frame.

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    Sensors or Motion Detectors: These are crucial for safety and convenience. They detect the presence or approach of a person or object and signal the door operator to open or close the door. There are various types of sensors, including infrared, microwave motion sensors, and pressure mats.

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    Control Mechanism: This includes the electronic system that controls the operation of the door. It processes signals from the sensors and sends commands to the door operator. This system can be programmed to control the speed, timing, and other operational parameters of the door.

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    Safety Mechanisms: To prevent accidents, automatic doors are equipped with safety features such as auto-reverse functions (the door reopens if it encounters an obstacle while closing) and emergency stop buttons.

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    Power Supply: Automatic doors require a power source to operate. They are typically connected to the building’s main electrical supply, and many systems also include battery backups to ensure functionality during power outages.

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    Access Control Systems: Some automatic doors are integrated with access control systems like keypads, card readers, or biometric scanners. These systems regulate who can open the door, adding a layer of security.

Automatic door systems are widely used in various settings such as shopping centres, airports, hospitals, hotels, and office buildings due to their convenience, energy efficiency (as they help minimise heat loss), and accessibility for people with disabilities. The design and complexity of these systems can vary greatly depending on the specific requirements of the installation site.

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Types of Automatic Doors

We offer a wide range of automatic doors. Each type of automatic door serves specific purposes, offering convenience, efficiency, and security in different environments.

  • Automatic Sliding Doors: These are doors that open horizontally by sliding, usually parallel to a wall. They are often used in commercial settings like supermarkets or airports. They typically operate with a sensor that detects a person approaching, causing the doors to open automatically.

  • Swing Doors: Automatic swing doors open inward or outward in a swinging motion, similar to traditional manual doors. They are equipped with sensors or motion detectors to open and close for people without the need for physical contact.

  • Revolving Doors: These consist of several wings or leaves that rotate around a central axis, allowing multiple people to pass in and out simultaneously. They are effective in controlling airflow and reducing energy costs in buildings and can be automated for ease of use.

  • Folding Doors: These doors fold open, often in a concertina style. They are suitable for places where space is limited, as they take up less room than traditional swing doors when opening and closing. Automatic folding doors can be found in both residential and commercial properties.

  • Industrial Doors: A broad category that includes various types of large, heavy-duty automatic doors used in industrial settings. This can include roller shutters, sectional overhead doors, high-speed roll-up doors, and others designed to withstand heavy usage and often harsh environmental conditions.

  • Sectional Overhead Doors: These are commonly used in industrial and commercial buildings. They are made of panel sections connected with hinges. As the door opens, these panels slide up and are stored parallel to the ceiling, making them space-efficient.

  • High-Speed Roll-Up Doors: Similar to roller shutter doors, these are designed for high-speed opening and closing. They are often used in industrial environments where fast access is crucial, such as in warehouses or manufacturing facilities.

  • Air Curtains: While not doors in the traditional sense, air curtains are often used in conjunction with automatic doors. They create an invisible air barrier over the doorway, helping to maintain temperature control and preventing dust, insects, and pollutants from entering a space.

  • Telescopic Doors: Telescopic automatic doors have multiple sections that slide over each other, allowing for a larger opening in a confined space. They are commonly used in places where a wide passage is necessary, but the available side space is limited.

  • Express Doors: This can refer to various types of high-speed automatic doors designed for rapid opening and closing, minimising the time for entry or exit. These are often used in industrial settings or in areas where temperature control and efficiency are important.

  • Roller Shutter Doors: These doors consist of many horizontal slats hinged together. They open and close by rolling up or down along tracks. These are commonly used in garages, warehouses, and shops for security purposes.

  • Hermetically Sealed Doors: Primarily used in hospitals and laboratories, these doors are designed to be completely airtight, providing a barrier against air, dust, and microbes.

  • Security Access Doors: These are specialised automatic doors designed for high-security areas. They might include features like biometric scanners, card readers, or keypads to restrict access.

  • Balanced Doors: These doors have a special design that reduces the opening force required by the user. They are often used in places where wind and air pressure make it difficult to open a standard door.

  • Sensor-Operated Doors: While most automatic doors are sensor-operated, some specialised types use advanced sensors for specific purposes, such as in clean rooms or in environments where hygiene is paramount.

Not sure which type of automatic door to go for? Contact us today for FREE, no-obligation advice on the automatic door and the system that best suits your business’s unique needs.

Benefits of Automatic Doors

Automatic doors and their door systems offer several benefits, making them a popular choice in various settings, from commercial establishments to public buildings and healthcare facilities. Here are some key advantages:


Automatic doors enhance convenience

Automatic doors offer hands-free operation, making them exceptionally convenient in environments where individuals are often encumbered with items, such as shop fronts, shopping malls, airports, and hotels. This feature eliminates the struggle with manually opening doors, facilitating ease of movement and accessibility. The technology is particularly beneficial for parents with prams, travellers with luggage, or anyone carrying bulky items, allowing for a smoother and more efficient entrance or exit.

Automatic door systems improve accessibility

Automatic door systems are essential for people with disabilities, older people, or anyone who might struggle with manual doors. In compliance with the Equality Act 2010 (replaced and expanded upon the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995), which mandates reasonable adjustments to facilitate access for disabled individuals, including wheelchair users, automatic doors play a crucial role. They are a key feature in making buildings more accessible, ensuring that individuals with mobility impairments can enter and exit with ease, thus promoting inclusivity and equal access to services and facilities.

Automatic doors increase energy efficiency

Automatic doors operate by opening only when activated and closing promptly, which is instrumental in maintaining a building’s internal temperature. This functionality is essential in reducing the energy consumption associated with heating or air conditioning, leading to significant cost savings. Automatic door systems minimise the amount of time that doors remain open, thus preventing excessive loss of heat in winter or cool air in summer, contributing to a more sustainable and energy-efficient building design.

Automatic door systems promote hygiene

In environments where cleanliness is paramount, such as hospitals, clinics, and food processing facilities, automatic doors play a critical role in maintaining high hygiene standards. By eliminating the need to touch door handles, which can be hotspots for germs and bacteria, these doors significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of infectious diseases. This feature is particularly relevant in the context of public health and sanitation.


Automatic doors ensure safety

Equipped with advanced sensors, automatic doors are designed to detect obstacles and prevent accidents. If someone or something is in the path of the closing door, these sensors trigger a mechanism that stops or reverses the door’s motion. This safety feature is crucial in public spaces, protecting children, older adults, and pets from potential harm, and ensuring that the doors operate in a safe and reliable manner.

Automatic door systems facilitate traffic flow

In busy settings like commercial complexes, public transport hubs, and corporate buildings, automatic doors enable a smoother flow of people. They accommodate high foot traffic efficiently, reducing bottlenecks and congestion at entrances and exits. This seamless movement is essential for maintaining an orderly and efficient environment, especially during peak hours.

Automatic doors enhance security

When integrated with access control systems, such as card readers, keypads, or biometric scanners, automatic doors significantly enhance building security. Automatic door systems allow for the restriction of entry to authorised personnel only, thereby preventing unauthorised access and ensuring the safety of the premises. This feature is particularly important in sensitive areas like corporate offices, research labs, and restricted government buildings.

Automatic door systems are aesthetic and space-saving

Modern automatic doors are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. They come in various designs that can enhance the architectural appeal of a building. Additionally, certain types, like sliding or telescopic doors, are particularly beneficial in spaces where room is limited, as they require less clearance than traditional swing doors, thus contributing to more efficient use of space.


Automatic doors control airflow

By regulating the opening and closing of doors, these systems help maintain indoor air quality. They reduce the infiltration of external pollutants, dust, and noise, contributing to a more controlled and pleasant indoor environment. This aspect is especially valuable in urban areas with high levels of pollution or noise.

Automatic door systems provide durability and require low maintenance

Designed for frequent use, automatic doors are robust and built to last. They are engineered to withstand the rigours of daily operation with minimal wear and tear. The requirement for maintenance is relatively low compared to traditional doors, making them a cost-effective and reliable choice for both commercial and public buildings.

RACAM for Automatic Door Systems

Make the smart choice for your business’s safety and partner with RACAM today. Our commitment to excellence, reliability, and cutting-edge technology sets us apart in the industry. Don’t compromise when it comes to access control and security; choose RACAM for reliable, secure automatic door systems services.

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