A completely new automatic car wash including Speedgate
You’ve just had your car washed sparkling clean in the car wash. The programme has finished, the roller door slides upwards… and the dirty water on the roller door drips onto your newly polished pride and joy. There must be another way, thought Ben Nobel, owner of the eponymous Total petrol station and car wash in Nieuw-Beijerland. With that idea in mind, he began looking for an automatic folding door for his new car wash. Via various door suppliers this brought him ultimately to HTC parking & security. “The door panels must slide open on both sides and the door must be fully sealable to keep the water and heat inside”, according to Ben.
Inward opening door panels
With that brief, André de Koning, project leader at HTC, set to work. “Although we normally supply Speedgates for car parks, apartment complexes, business parks, high-security locations or ambulance access, for example, an application of this kind is also quite possible. The most obvious option in this case was the Xentry 3TP with overhead drive. Together with Ben, I then looked into how exactly the entrance gate would need to be installed and what conditions it would have to cope with. One of the first things we soon realised was that the door panels which normally open outwards would, in this case, be better off opening inwards. This provides more room when exiting which is a safety benefit.” Safety is further ensured by means of red and green LED lighting to let users know when they can drive through the car wash. The detection loops inside and outside the car wash ensure furthermore that persons or vehicles cannot be accidentally trapped.
A fit-for-purpose design for an ultramodern automatic car wash.
In terms of appearance, the Speedgate naturally needs to blend in perfectly with the design of the ultramodern automatic car wash. For that reason, the robust steel panels were fitted with glass. “In addition we put brushes for insulation on the bottom and the Speedgate was hot-dip galvanised and fitted with a double-layer of powder coating for protection”, says André. “In that way, you know for sure that you have supplied a durable product that will last for many years. Even in a challenging environment such as an automatic car wash.”