Leading the way in modern advances in architectural glazing, minimal windows glazing solutions push the boundaries of size and design, with the minimal windows 4+ having the ability to reach 12m2 per sliding pane. Exceptional engineering means these panes glide effortlessly over the sliding tracks, however, we recommend automation if the sliding panes is over 500kg.
Even with smooth sliding actions, heavy doors can be strenuous to push and by integrating motors into the systems they can be opened or closed with the push of a button. This motorisation feature can be controlled manually, via remote, or alternatively all electrical elements of the minimal windows systems can be easily integrated with any smart home automation system.
Electric Motors for Motorised Sliding Doors
The specially developed locking and automation systems are extremely durable and achieve outstanding values with regard to operating convenience and security.
Concealed electric drives and locking mechanisms can be integrated into almost all configurations of the minimal windows to create automated sliding glass doors. The compact linear drive is located to the inside of the head frame, housed in an aluminium case and mounted flush with the internal ceiling finishes. This housing effectively ‘merges’ the motor into the internal ceiling structure, maintaining a minimal architectural design.
The automated sliding panes are moved linearly by a chrome-plated aluminium driver at a variably adjustable speed. Extremely powerful electric motors can move multiple sliding panels of glass weighing up to 2,000 kg silently via timing belts. Several panes can be moved in telescopic fashion with just one motor.
Operation of Motorised Glazing Systems
Operation can be conducted in a wide variety of ways, for example via pushbuttons in the room, radio remote control, app control or home automation systems as required.
Smart home automation is a growing trend for luxury residential homes and with modern technological advances being able to control everything from one app, it has never been easier.
Home automation integrations are fully possible with the minimal window’s motor. A control cable must be connected between the motor for the doors and the home automation system. The home automation system can then be controlled via Smartphones and apps depending on the manufacturer.
When specifying automated systems consideration must be given to the possibility of the inhabitant locking themselves out whilst the remote control is inside. For that reason, number code switches or fingerprint scanners are available to be installed on the outside of the doors.
Safety of Motorised Glazing Systems
Motorised sliding glass doors must conform to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Due to the risk analysis of these large-format sliding doors the below are the two options for operation and control:
The sliding door moves only when the pushbutton is pressed and stops immediately when it is released. The operator must watch the doors as they are closed to determine and ensure safety.
The sliding doors are activated by a short impulse (pushbutton / remote control/building management system). Using this type of operation safety regulations demand the integration of infrared sensors to stop the sliding doors automatically should something come into the path of the moving doors. Additionally, the sliding doors can be stopped in any place by pressing a separate stop button.
For improved performance of the automation arrangement, laser sensors are an optional improvement to the safety system. In some cases winds/air shimmers/airborne particles can activate infrared sensors, causing the sliding doors to stop movement for no reason.
Laser sensors offer an improved detection of even the smallest of particles but are less likely to be disturbed unnecessarily, improving the automated movement.
In the event of a power failure, an emergency backup battery ensures operation for a short time. Emergency locking and release is also possible by manual access.