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IN BRIEF – September 2019

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New compact sectional door drive with frequency inverter (SE 8.60 Fi)

  • Compact design
  • High speed (up to 60 rpm)
  • Next generation plug and play
  • Affordable alternative to standard drive
  • Smooth operation, reducing wear and tear
  • Great addition to the GfA SE series of drives
  • Available from 22nd October 2019
With speed and affordability at the top of the agenda for many door specifiers we think we’ve got just the right product to meet that need. Taking advantage of all the features of our high speed Fi drives, and incorporating next generation plug and play features the new SE 8.60 Fi sectional door drive is a must-see addition to the GfA range.

A prototype of the product was shown at R+T a few years ago, and now we have stock in the UK. We will be showcasing the SE 8.60 Fi as part of our Open Day on 22nd October 2019 at our new factory in Warwick, and it will be available to order from that date.
For more details and advanced orders please contact the Sales Team on 01926 452452, option 1, or email

ATEX solution for biomass storage

Approached by a customer working on a new-build biomass storage facility at Ayr Harbour the GfA team was asked for a solution that would accommodate very large insulated roller shutters (6 m wide x 9m high) but also meet the ATEX safety requirement for storing hazardous materials.

Having looked at a variety of options it was decided to mount the drives and controls for the external warehouse shutters in weatherproof enclosures on the outside of the building. This solution worked best given the size and weight of the doors. To meet ATEX requirements within the building a smaller internal door (6m x 6m) makes use of an ATEX rated drive and controls.
Mounting the chain drive (top left image below) on one of the large insulated roller shutters which used the GfA SG115 KE 80.24, foot mounted chain drive.

All KE drives comprise: Worm gear, interchangeable output-shaft for handling the drive, emergency low level manual operator and integral digital limit switches. A separate GfA safety brake was supplied for this project as the KE range do not incorporate an integral anti fall back device.
The ATEX zone is equipped with a 6m x 6m internal door (being fitted in the image above, bottom left) which uses a SG115F Si 80.12 (Safedrive®) which complies to ATEX standards and is controlled by a push button with the main control panel in a sealed unit.

Above right shows one of the completed external doors showing the weather-proof enclosures around the drive and controls.

For advice on any projects with ATEX requirements call the Sales Team on 01926 452452, option 1, or email

Frequently asked questions

What information do you need to supply to get accurate quote from GfA?
(a useful article to share with your buyers)

In August our sales team produced over 1,200 quotations, often turning them around the same day. If you supply these three pieces of information when you request your quote the team can process your request much more quickly:

  1. Door dimensions - height (preferably to centre line of the roller), width (preferably cut curtain width), weight of the material or total door (if relevant)
  2. Gauge of lath used or weight per square metre
  3. Power supply – single or three-phase
For a full list of prompts download and use one of our checklists which list all the details needed to be able to specify the right drive unit for your job.
For quotations contact the Sales Team on 01926 452452, (option 1), or email

GfA product and application training - new date added 

GfA technical training designed for those responsible for selecting, specifying and fitting door drives and controls will take place on:
23 October 2019 NEW DATE
13 November 2019

For more details or to book a place contact Sue Doolan on 01926 452452 or email

Look out for your invitation 

On 22nd October GfA UK will be holding an open day at our new premises in Warwick.  Ask you GfA contact for more details.

New GfA address (since July 2019):
GfA UK Ltd, Tournament Fields Business Park, Agincourt Road, Warwick, CV34 6XZ.
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