One-Touch Door Activation with BEA’s LPR-36

Low profile sensor ideal for healthcare facilities and universities

Pittsburgh, Pa. (September 7, 2011) – BEA’s new LPR-36 is a low profile, door activation push plate designed to provide easy access to people with disabilities and those using mobility products or carrying medical equipment. The push plate mounts directly on any flat wall surface, providing one-touch activation anywhere on its 36” x 6” surface. The impact resistant design allows for activation in situations where human touch is not achievable.

BEA’s LPR-36 push plate activation sensor.

BEA’s LPR-36 push plate activation sensor.

The LPR-36 can be hard-wired or configured for wireless operation with a factory installed wireless transmitter. It features easy installation with only two mounting screws that can be accessed without removing the face plate. The LPR-36 can be installed over single and double gang boxes, and on commercial bollards where necessary. It is constructed from weather resistant stainless steel and is clear powder coated to eliminate finger prints. The push plate exceeds requirements of California Building Code Section 1117B.6, and Ontario, Canada Building Code Sections A-3.8.3.3 (17) and A-3.8.1.5.

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New Matrix Provides Customizable Digital Induction Loop Detection

Single and double loop detectors compatible with most industrial door and gate applications

Pittsburgh, Pa. (August 24, 2011) – BEA’s Matrix single and double digital induction loop detector provides vehicle access control and safety for doors and gates in industrial applications. The detector has advanced settings that allow users to customize detection fields and time of activation to best fit their needs.

BEA’s Matrix single and double digital inductive loop sensors.

BEA’s Matrix single and double digital inductive loop sensors.

The Matrix detector activates and/ or holds open a gate as soon as a vehicle enters or remains in its field of detection. The double loop model is also capable of operating a second, independent loop, so that an additional function can be performed with the same detector. An integrated potentiometer allows for fine tuning of sensitivity and presence time, which can be selected in increments from one minute to infinity. The Matrix has four frequency settings to ensure no crosstalk occurs between adjacent loops.

In the event of a loss of power, the Matrix will remember and revert to its most recent settings. The detector automatically adjusts to outside temperatures, so operation is unaffected by weather conditions.

The Matrix is available in multiple models, and single and double channel modes to accommodate nearly any application. The detector features compact housing with a standard 11-pin industrial connection, and uses power supply configurations of 110 VAC or 12-24 V AC/DC.

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All-In-One Security Lock for Perimeter Doors from BEA

New Delayed Egress electromagnetic lock features up to 1200 lbs of holding force

Pittsburgh, Pa. (July 14, 2011) – BEA’s new Delayed Egress Maglock offers a code compliant, all-in-one locking system for single outward swinging perimeter doors.  The electromagnetic lock provides security for applications requiring loss prevention, life safety and traffic control.

The new Delayed Egress Maglock from BEA.

The new Delayed Egress Maglock from BEA.

The Delayed Egress Maglock’s built-in sensor detects when pressure is applied to a door, featuring up to 1200 lbs of holding force.  The system will sound an alarm and unlock after a predetermined period of pressure on the door, with a short nuisance delay to eliminate accidental triggering.

The cost-effective sensor is easy to install and field selectable to meet a variety of building codes.  It includes a key switch for reset and override, and an external sounder alarm.  The system uses dry contact relay switching for local and/ or remote alarm monitoring.  A built-in security condition sensor and highly visible red/ green light panel indicates when the door is unlocked or closed and bonded.

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BEA Names Anthony Gianettino Employee of the Year

Gianettino selected for contributions to company and local community

Pittsburgh, Pa. (July 14, 2011) – Automatic door sensor manufacturer BEA has named Anthony Gianettino its Employee of the Year.  Gianettino joined BEA as Mechanical Engineer in 2006, and since then has made considerable contributions to the company as well as the local community.

BEA’s employee of the year, Anthony Gianettino.

BEA’s employee of the year, Anthony Gianettino.

The BEA Employee of the Year award goes to the employee that most closely represents the company’s core values of achievement, innovation, customer orientation (both internal and external) and professional ethics.

“Anthony represents all of those things, but has even a bit more with the sincerity in which he does it.  Overall, he is an outstanding example of an employee and co-worker.  He is a great person and always considers the needs of others,” says Randy Wickman, BEA’s VP of Engineering.

Besides receiving the Employee of the Year award from BEA, Gianettino was recently featured in an article in Living Magazine for his charitable work with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.  He was also recognized on the prestigious “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest” list, based on his community involvement and success in his career.

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LZR-i30 Industrial Door Presence Sensor at IDA 2011

BEA’s time of flight sensor is a better option than contact edges, beams, and lightgrids

Pittsburgh, Pa. (May 31, 2011) – Automatic door sensor manufacturer BEA will be exhibiting at the International Door Association’s Expo 2011, June 1 through 4 at the Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, Ind.).

BEA’s LZR-i30 sensor for industrial doors.

BEA’s LZR-i30 sensor for industrial doors.

At the show, BEA will be taking orders for its new LZR-i30 at the company’s booth, 2050.  Providing high level presence detection for industrial doors, the LZR-i30 uses time of flight measurement technology to scan four planes in front of the door.  The three-dimensional presence detector recognizes objects as small as 2” throughout the full door opening area.

The TÜV certified LZR-i30 is rated to IP65 for industrial environments. It installs easily in an overhead mounting position, an attractive alternative to contact edges, light beams, lightgrids and other safety solutions.

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EDPS Eases Installation for Advanced Entry Systems

Automatic swinging door lock out system reduces return calls for installer

Pittsburgh, Pa. (May 16, 2011) – BEA’s Enhanced Door Position System (EDPS) for automatic swinging doors has helped Advanced Entry Systems (Portland, Ore.) by providing easy installation and reliable performance.

BEA’s EDPS system for automatic swinging doors.

BEA’s EDPS system for automatic swinging doors.

Advanced Entry Systems, a division of the Stoner Electric Group, is the largest automatic door sales and service company in the Pacific Northwest.  The company has used the BEA EDPS on several applications.  According to Project Manager Robert Rivera, the EDPS is easy to install and saves time and operating costs by minimizing return calls for service.

“Distant installations can cause difficulties if you have technical issues when installing a unit.  I have to feel confident in anything I install to minimize return calls that can take place after leaving the job site, which negatively impact margins.  With the advent of a system that depends on the actual door position, rather than motor voltage, I have the confidence that I need,” says Rivera.

EDPS uses advanced positioning technology to eliminate problems with automatic swinging doors commonly caused by stack pressure inside the building or manual opening and closing.  The system features automatic inhibiting of the swing side door mounting sensors, removing the need for a mechanical limit switch.  It can be installed on any new or retrofit swing door system, and works on AC, DC, PWM, pneumatic and hydraulic operators.

All of BEA’s activation and safety sensors plug directly into the EDPS hub using quick disconnects.  The hub uses a basic two button and display routine for easy programming, and features ten programmable operation modes and eight troubleshooting functions to simplify installation and door servicing.

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When BEA Competes, Local Children Win

Bicycles built during company event donated to local youth charity

Pittsburgh, Pa. (November 17, 2010) – Supporting a local charity in its community, BEA donated bicycles built during its annual company retreat to Big Brother Big Sisters for use by an afterschool program for underprivileged children.

BEA donates bikes to children’s charity.

BEA donates bikes to children’s charity.

BEA, manufacturers of automatic door sensing equipment, holds an annual event to build camaraderie among employees while giving back to the community.  This year, teams of employees completed tasks to “earn” the different pieces of bikes, and then competed against each other in a race to build their bicycle the fastest.  The first team to build their bicycle and pass a safety inspection by BEA’s VP of Engineering won the “Bikes for Tykes” event.  Afterwards, the 14 bicycles were donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. who delivered them to the Mooncrest Afterschool program for disadvantaged youth.

“BEA has made the children very happy, giving them the chance to experience what most kids do without a second thought- go outside and ride a bike in the sunshine- getting some well needed exercise and having fun,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Special Services Coordinator, Cheryl Jones.

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BEA’s EDPS Simplifies Automatic Swinging Door Operation

Universal system replaces all lockout modules

Pittsburgh, Pa. (October 19, 2010) –Automatic swinging doors commonly experience problems when air pressure inside the building or manual opening and closing by pedestrians affect the doors’ normal operation.  To eliminate these problems, BEA introduces the new Enhanced Door Position System (EDPS).

BEA’s EDPS system for automatic swinging doors.

BEA’s EDPS system for automatic swinging doors.

The EDPS can be installed on any new or retrofit swing door system, and works on AC, DC, PWM, pneumatic and hydraulic operators.  The EDPS’ sensor uses an advanced MEMS (Micro-electro mechanical systems) gyroscope to accurately determine the door’s position.  This solves the issues commonly caused by stack pressure, manual push operation or foreign objects preventing the door from reaching a fully closed state.

The system features automatic inhibiting of the swing side door mounting sensors, removing the need for a mechanical limit switch.  If the door is manually pushed or does not fully close, the EDPS will distinguish this change from normal operation and ignore the door, eliminating the need for a re-learn of the overhead presence.  Throughout this process, automatic operation remains functional.

All of BEA’s activation and safety sensors plug directly into the EDPS hub using quick disconnects.  The hub uses a basic two button and display routine for easy programming, and features ten programmable operation modes and eight troubleshooting functions to simplify installation and door servicing.

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New G3 Automatic Door Sensor Provides Reliable Operation and Simple Installation

Energy-saving adjustable detection patterns deliver custom operation

Pittsburgh, Pa. (August 23, 2010) – To eliminate unintentional opening and closing of automatic sliding doors, and the associated loss of energy, BEA introduces the new G3 sensor for pedestrian traffic.  The sensor employs Doppler radar and active infrared technology for reliable and safe operation.

The new G3 sensor for automatic sliding doors from BEA.

The new G3 sensor for automatic sliding doors from BEA.

Dual technology quickens the sensor’s response time to foot traffic while ensuring safe operation of the door.  The G3‘s intelli-Tracking software automatically adapts to weather conditions for increased reliability.  In addition, the sensor’s two infrared immunity settings simplify installation and customize door operation to varying applications and weather environments.

ANSI compliant one-way and two-way modes allow operators to switch between motion detection patterns when appropriate, eliminating unwanted detections and saving energy.  The sensor’s unidirectional motion technology disregards a portion of parallel traffic and starts the door closing cycle quicker than other technologies.

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BEA Opens the Doors to the World at 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit

Automatic door sensor chosen for world’s largest “green” certified convention center
Pittsburgh, Pa. (September 23, 2009) – BEA, the industry leader in automatic door sensors, has provided its Wizard door sensors to the world’s largest “green” certified convention center, host of the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit. 

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The David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is the largest convention center in the world to receive Gold LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.  Contributing to the building’s energy efficient design, the BEA Wizard sliding door sensor is used on the convention center’s automated entrances to conserve energy.

The Wizard combines K-band microwave and focused active infrared technology to provide activation and safety for a sliding door.  The detector’s microwave activation circuit includes unidirectional detection, which can discriminate between arriving and departing pedestrian traffic.  This intelligent detection can quickly identify a person who has crossed the door’s threshold and is walking away from the opening, allowing the door to close faster behind departing traffic and minimizing energy loss.  If a departing person reverses direction and returns to the building, the high resolution K-band microwave can quickly respond and reactivate the door.  The BEA Wizard fully complies with the ANSI 156.10 safety standard.

Because of its status as the world’s largest “green” certified convention center, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center has been chosen to host the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit on September 24, 2009.  The Summit is a meeting of world leaders to discuss financial markets and the world economy.

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