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Why do Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive Maintenance (PM) is the regular inspection, testing, and care of your access system.

Here are 5 good reasons to do Preventive Maintenance:

  1. Save money:
    - First, by keeping the system lubricated, wear is reduced which extended the life of both mechanical parts and the electrical motors and boards that drive the mechanical parts.
    - Second, many issues cost less to fix if detected early. For example, a cracked weld on a vehicle gate hinge is a much cheaper repair than if the weld goes unnoticed, the gate falls off, and the gate operator suffers extensive damage.

  2. Safety and Risk Avoidance:
    Access systems employ numerous approaches to reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to vehicles and gates. These include pedestrian photoeyes, siren detectors, entrapment sensors, emergency battery back-up systems, vehicle loop detectors, and others. When one of these systems fails, they can go unnoticed until a problem occurs. We are one of few companies that tests and inspects these systems as part of our regular PM Inspection.
    - For example, we recently began serving a 4-year old gated community. Our first inspection revealed that the emergency battery back-up system and the emergency siren detector were both inoperative due to improper wiring. It's likely that neither system had ever worked before we fixed it.

  3. Property appearance:
    The access system is part of the first impression. A smart-looking, proper-functioning access system will improve the appearance and value of a property. On the other hand, an access system that is broken, creaks, slams, shakes, or "just doesn't work quite right" will raise questions regarding management's ability to effectively maintain not only the access system, but the entire property as well. We take pride in making sure our customers' access systems are an asset, not a liability-we do this with quick response times, by fixing issues right the first time, and by making sure the system performs as it was intended to perform.

  4. Liability:
    Property owners / associations may be held liable for injuries or damage associated with their access system. In today's litigious society, the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care" is true more than ever. Our regular inspections of access system including safety systems may prevent an event which would have resulted in legal action against the owner or association. Furthermore, should a problem occur, documented records of completed maintenance inspections and testing of safety systems could prove invaluable.

  5. Improve System Performance:
    We inspect the system to make sure everything is running smoothly. Frequently, the system is "working", but needs minor adjustments to make it work "better." This includes gate arm travel limits, close delay times, traffic loop sensitivities, even minor things like adjusting an entry system's screen for improved readability or replacing burned out bulbs than illuminate a keypad.

To see a sample Preventive Maintenance (PM) report involves, click here (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).

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