Low-energy automatic operators are devices that enable the automation of doors in buildings, such as entrances to offices, hospitals, and public facilities while minimizing the amount of energy used in the process. These operators are typically used in situations where a full-powered automatic door operator is not necessary or desired. Automatic door operators are very common and many people do not even think about their function and operation when they encounter them in day-to-day activities.
Unlike high-energy automatic operators, which use powerful motors to open and close doors quickly, low-energy operators use a slower and gentler motion that reduces the risk of injury to users.
These systems, such as those used with automatic door operators, are designed to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and other building codes, which require that all public doors be accessible to people with disabilities.
Low-energy automatic operators typically operate in one of two ways: either by using a motion sensor to detect the presence of a person and initiate the door opening sequence or by using a push-button or other activation device. Once activated, the operator moves the door open and holds it open for a set period of time, before slowly closing it again.