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Jacksons Fencing, the Kent-based manufacturers and installers of security fencing and access control systems, have recently installed a 4m x 14m fully automated double leaf swing gates, as part of the security updates at the Eurotunnel Coquelles site in northern France.
Each post weighed over a tonne and each leaf measured 7m wide, weighing 1600kg and operated by 125mm bore x 1300mm stroke, while rams were weighing over 200 kilos and capable of lifting over 19 tonnes / 190,000 newtons (the equivalent of a full double decker bus). The gate has its opening and closing operations completed within 60 seconds.
The new gate is one of the largest automated swing gate Jacksons have ever designed, made and installed and includes safety features and is CE Marked in compliance with the EU Machinery Directive. Made from hot dip galvanised steel, to provide protection against corrosion inside and out, before being powder coated white in-house, the gates were made at Jacksons head office (just 12.4km from the UK entrance to Eurotunnel in Folkestone).
Jacksons says that its contracts team based in Calais, working with the design and manufacturing teams in Kent, ensured fast and accurate installation onto pre –installed posts with hanging and adjustment taking about four hours.
Peter Jackson, Jacksons’ CEO said: “While we have designed and manufactured larger sliding gates, the sheer size, operating environment and performance requirements of this gate presented a few challenges, especially given the short deadline which needed to be met. I’m delighted and proud that the teams here and in France proved that they had the flexibility and determination to rise to this exacting challenge.”