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Door Automation Helps Reduce Touch Points for Medical Research Facility – Reducing the Spread of Germs

A facility in RTP (Research Triangle Park) has recently expanded to be able to grow its research and development portfolio to include vaccination research.

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To do this, an existing facility was leased to provide the additional space needed.

With all the entry/exit access points, the facility manager recognized the important need to retrofit the existing manual doors with automation.

Since 2021, Advanced Door Automation, in North Carolina has installed 13 Horton Automatics 4000 Operators, BEA Touchless switches, BEA Bodyguard and Superscans throughout the building.

Horton’s operators give manual doors the expediency and efficiency of an automatic door while providing the security and protection needed for lab technicians and other staff.

BEA’s Bodyguard-T is an overhead sensor designed for pedestrian automatic doors. It provides threshold protection during the door open state and prevents a closed door from opening and an open door from closing when a person is in the detection zone.

BEA’s Supersan-T is a door mounted, active infrared safety sensor designed for use on automatic swinging, revolving, folding and low energy doors. The technology helps uses triangulation to detect the presence of a pedestrian, while the door is opening and closing.

Touchless Door Solutions Are Critical for the Medical Industry

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The need for touchless technology in a research facility such as this is of paramount importance. The research and development labs must be equipped with infection control to limit any pathogens going in and out of the labs. With nearly 80% of illness causing germs spread by human hands, one of the ways to facilitate this is to make sure labs have touchless entryways.

Touchless activation sensors not only help reduce the spread of bacteria but also improve accessibility through the labs. Imagine having to push a cart or carry trays through a manual entryway to a lab? This can result in very costly accidents by dropping medicines or very expensive scientific equipment.

Applications for touchless activation include more than just laboratories and cleanrooms. They can also include any of the following applications:

  • Clean Rooms
  • Common Areas and Corridors
  • Public Restrooms
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Commercial Properties
  • Food Processing Plants
  • Retail Facilities and more…

Contact us to discuss touchless activation for your facility.

Media Contact: Krista Rivers,