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UL325 2016 Standard

Effective January 12, 2016, all vehicular gate operators manufactured are required to have provisions for and to monitor for at least two independent entrapment protection means. Both are to be installed and operational to meet the standards defined in UL325 6th edition dated October 13, 2013.

UL325 assumes that every swing gate installation has an entrapment area. Requiring all operators to have an external secondary entrapment device installed and monitored before gate operation is allowed. Regardless of the fact that no entrapment area may exist.

Pre 2016 systems are not required by the UL325 2016 standard to be upgraded during service or control board replacement. It is recommended that these systems be upgraded, but it is not required.

Monitored entrapment devices are for entrapment protection only. Vehicular protection devices are not required to be monitored.

Dealer Info

When installing a UL325 2016 compliant gate operator system it is the responsibility of the dealter to identify all entrapment areas and install the appropriate monitored entrapment device or devices to make the installation as safe as possible to comply with the UL325 2016 standard.

USAutomatic Patriot and Ranger Info

All USAuomatic gate operators have been certified to the UL325 2016 standard.

First entrapment means for all USAutomatic control boards is Type A (inherent entrapment protection system).

Second entrapment means can be a Type B1 or Type B2 device that is a monitored UL325 compliant device. The device must be installed and operational before gate operation is allowed.

USAutomatic control boards have been designed to monitor one Type B1 and one Type B2 device. This is selectable by turning on dipswitches on the control board for the device type being used.

USAutomatic designed all control boards to be forward and backward compatible, allowing the dealer and distributor to stock only one control board, which can be installed on pre 2016 operators and post 2016 operators. This is possible by using the Pre 2016 jumper connection on every control board. When pre 2016 jumper is installed the control board will be compatible with pre 2016 installations, which do not require monitored devices.

Patriot Control Board monitored (part # 500002)

Ranger Control Board monitored (part # 500510)

USAutomatic does not believe (at this time) that a photo eye is required on every installation. Some installations might require a contact edge. For this reason we are not including a photo eye in every operator as it would be ridiculous to assume we knew what your particular installation required. It would increase the cost of the operator unnecessarily if a different type of entrapment device was actually required.

USAutomatic believes that the dealer should identify the type of entrapment device required for each installation and the distributor should stock the UL325 2016 entrapment devices that meet the actual needs of the dealer.

USAutomatic control boards can monitor the following types of external entrapment devices:

Any UL325 2016 Contact Edge with 10k resistor (type B1) - Miller Edge products have been tested

Any UL325 2016 Photo Eye with NC contacts (type B2) - Miller Edge products have been tested

All control boards can monitor 1 contact edge, 1 photo eye or both devices at the same time.

If more than 1 of either type of device is required then the USAutomatic expansion module (part # 500015) will be required. The expansion module is solar friendly and can monitor up to 5 contact edges and 4 photo eyes, if required. Low current draw design minimizes battery drain, eliminating the need to install large solar panels.

Disclaimer: All customers and installers should check with UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) for the full UL 325 listing and most up to date regulations.

For more information or for help in choosing a UL325 2016 compliant system, call 800-878-7829 or email us at sales@usautomaticgateopeners.com today.