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IN BRIEF – February 2020
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Future proofed control with new TS Control Panels

New versions of the GfA TS Control Panels TS 959, TS 970, TS 971 and TS 981 incorporate a neat little feature which means they are all set for use with BS EN12453:2017 safety enabled devices.

Hardware on the TS control panels has been modified slightly, with the interface X2 for door switches changed to resistor evaluation. As shown in the table the previous wired link on the TS control panels has been replaced with a factory installed 5K ohm resistor (right hand image) and the colour of the plugs has been changed from green to black to enable installers to easily distinguish between older and newer versions of the TS door controls.

If the resistor is not present, for example in the case of a short circuit, fault to the door safety edge or open safety circuit due to triggered slack-rope or pass-door switches, operating the door will not be possible. A corresponding fault code will be displayed. (F1.2 / F1.7 / F1.8)
What does BS EN12453:2017 say about monitoring switches?
The modification made to BS EN12453:2017 requires the monitoring of switches used on industrial door safety devices.

The new standard for powered gates, doors and barriers (BS EN12453:2017) although not fully adopted in the UK incorporates an important requirement which is supported by the new TS Control Panel range.
Standard Features of GfA TS Control Panels
  • Simple connection between a GfA drive and a TS Control Panel means quick and simple installations saving you time and money as an electrician is not required. Panels are plugged in via a pre-wired protected cable.
  • Set limits from ground level for all digital limit motors – keeping installers safe and saving time and money on access equipment.
  • Set a regular service schedule with the inbuilt maintenance counter allowing you to set a regular service schedule as required by HSE and PUWR regulations.
  • Pinpoint faults even more easily with the digital displayensuring engineers arrive on site prepared. Fault codes can be read without unscrewing the panel. They are displayed as numbers, not LED codes, so are easy for end users to understand and relay.
To place an order for a TS Control Panel with this new feature email or call 01926 452452, option 1.

Meet the Team: Daniel Pahal, Sales Engineer

Whilst many customers may have spoken to Dan on the telephone, he’s only met a handful. This is an opportunity to discover what makes Dan tick and how he can help you.

What did you do before joining GfA?
“I started out as an Apprentice working for a company distributing vehicle steering components and brakes for buses and HGVs. Having completed my apprenticeship, I had an opportunity to move to work for a manufacturer of hydraulic hoses and power packs for CNC high pressure coolant machines. This business relied on accuracy and attention to detail as they were manufacturing high pressure hydraulic components. Whilst there I worked in the warehouse where as well as dealing with deliveries, picking and packing I was also responsible for putting together power packs. My main role was working on the Trade Counter, dealing with customers on a day-to-day basis.

When I joined GfA in September 2017 I was new to the door industry, so I’ve had a lot to learn about industrial doors and the GfA product range. Having worked for other engineering companies was an advantage and the technical sales experience I had was invaluable for the role I have at GfA.”

At the end of 2019 Dan was voted employee of the year by his colleagues and is now helping to train newer members of staff.

Dan Pahal demonstrated the Safedrive SE 8.60 Fi, compact sectional door drive at the GfA Open Day in 2019

“I really enjoy working at GfA and the door industry is a tight knit community, everyone knows everyone else, but I’m glad to say they’re all a pretty friendly bunch.”

Dan's top 3 questions for getting an accurate quote
“As a sales engineer I’m responsible for dealing with customer order and product enquiries on the telephone and via email. In addition to taking enquiries from customers about new product orders I spend my time speaking to engineers on site who are desperate for spares and need help to identify the right replacement product.

When I’m asked for a quote, I always start with the same three questions:

  • What’s the size of the door?
  • What type of lath is being used (to get a feeling for weight)?
  • Is it single or three phase supply?

Once I have answers to these questions,  I might ask a few more detailed questions but the answer to these three is always the starting point.

The great thing about my job is the variety and in the few years I’ve been at GfA I’ve had some great experiences and been given plenty of new opportunities – including being asked to present at the GfA Open Day last year and being asked to feature in the company’s recruitment video.”

The Real Dan Pahal
When not at work Dan keeps fit by attending regular Karate classes and working out at his local gym.

Dan is a member of the sales support team alongside Peter Whittles, Peter Reid, Lisa Elbourn and new member Tomy Stovell.

Order Queries

For all order related queries, delivery and after-sales questions contact the Customer Service Team on 01926 452452, option 3 or email
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