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IN BRIEF – January 2020
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New Safedrive® products offer significant savings

Image shows Safedrive® SI 260.5
From 1st February 2020 the Safedrive® range of products will be extended to include four new products in the SG 186F range. The new drives all use an 80mm hollow shaft, rather than the current 100mm shaft, which offers significant savings on current drives.

These drives bridge the gap between the current 1800Nm and 3600Nm drives and have been developed by GfA to meet the needs of UK customers.
New SG 186F Product available
Series SG 186F Output Torque Output Speed Hollow shaft
SI 260.5-80,00 2600Nm 5 rpm 80mm
SI 260.12-80,00 Fi 2600Nm 12 prm 80mm
SI 360.5-80,00 3600Nm 5 rpm 80mm
SI 360.12-80,00 Fi 3600Nm 12 rpm 80mm

Standard speed variants are held in stock in the UK. High speed (Fi) versions are available to order through our sales team.

These new drives all operate with the TS 981 Control Panel from GfA.

For prices or to place an order email or call 01926 452452, option 1.
New to the Safedrive? This is what you need to know:
The GfA Safedrive® range are special drives for industrial doors requiring an anti-fallback device. The patented safety brake is built into the gear and the unit is fitted directly to the door shaft.

All Safedrive® products include:
  • High precision worm drive gear box to ensure smooth operation and a long life.
  • Horizontal or vertical* mounting to optimise installation space.
  • A built-in anti-fallback device cutting manufacturing and installation time, saving you money.
  • Digital or mechanical limits. Digital limits can be set from the floor level via the control panel with no need for access equipment.
  • Simple connection using the GfA plug and play system, which can be installed by a mechanical fitter often negating the expense of an electrician.
  • Emergency low level manual hand chain operation as standard with the option of Handcrank.
Safedrive® has the widest range of torques and speeds of any door drive on the market. This includes adaptations for high speed doors and explosion proof drives amongst others.

*the SG 186F drive range can only be mounted horizontally

Meet the Team: Chris John, Technical Sales Engineer

Chris John catching up with long-time contact Steve Kilmurray from Kone at the GfA Open Day in October 2019.
On 6th January 2020 experienced Technical Engineer Chris John moved across to join the Technical Team at GfA. A well-known name and face in the door industry we’ve taken this opportunity to talk to Chris about the last 10 years with GfA and his wider experience in the door industry.

Tell us about your experience in the industrial door industry
I suppose I’m what you might call a poacher come game-keeper as I started out my career with a door manufacturer in my home town of Bolton. I joined their electrical department straight from college and was given the opportunity to work on all different types of doors, gates, barriers, roller shutters, sectional and folding doors.

In 1997 an opportunity arose to join Garog, the tube motor manufacturer taken over by GfA in 2010. At Garog I was employed to work on the electrical design for systems and special motors. During the 13 years I spent there I had a wide remit, everything from technical back-up, working on the development of new products, site visits and training for customers.

What does your role at GfA involve?
I joined the Sales Team at GfA in 2010 as the technical champion for Garog products, providing technical support on the Garog range as well as selling suitable replacement products. As I became familiar with GfA products my role expanded to provide sales and technical support to customers across the full range. I’ve also been responsible for writing and delivering Product Training Sessions for customers over the last couple of years.

My new role as part of the GfA UK Technical Team will see me continuing to provide the same level of technical support and advice to customers and put even more focus on developing our Training Programme to meet the needs of customers.

I’m qualified in electrical installation, design of electrical installations and CAD. This experience means there aren’t many door challenges or problems I haven’t come across.

What’s changed over the last 30 years in the door industry?
The biggest change is the introduction of a wide range of regulations which affect the industry. This makes it more challenging for door companies and their engineers to be compliant, hence the training that we offer.

Chris, who splits his time between Warwick and Bolton joins the existing Technical Team shown below.

Tech Tip: Programming a key fob with a TS Control Panel

One of the common calls taken by our Technical Team is from users and installers setting up key fobs to open doors.

Full, detailed instructions are contained in the TS Control Panel Installation Instructions 01/2020 SW 3.0 in the section on Handheld Transmitters (page 48).

The teach-in above shows the main steps. Key things to remember are:
  • To enter parameter mode Press and Hold silver parameter dial for 3 seconds
  • Set Parameter 7.6 to [.4]
  • Set Parameter 7.7 to [.1]
  • Press stop button
  • Press desired control button on transmitter
  • Twist parameter setting dial back to 0.0 and press once.
If you need further assistance call the Technical Team on 01926 452452, option 2.

GfA UK Office and Site Access

Unfortunately the industrial estate on which GfA is located is periodically visited by groups of illegal occupants, meaning we are forced into lock down mode whereby our main entrance and delivery gates are closed and bollards erected.

We realise that this can be frustrating for anyone visiting. We apologise for any inconvenience and suggest if you are visiting the office or warehouse and unable to gain access you call 01926 452452 and select option 3 for customer services who will be able to arrange for your entry.
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