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AESIF News - Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas - 11 November 2012

Just to wishing all a merry christmas from AESIF to all installers that have supported the federation over the last 10 years thank you.

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Aesif,


My name is John Birkett I have been involved in the gate automation industry for well over 20 years, as a manufacture, and installer of electric gates within the UK. So what makes me so special, well the answer quite honestly is nothing?  My trade before entering into this industry was has an electrical contractor, working as both self-employed and before that within the position of a corporate management team, for a construction company.  But always hands on no matter the rank of other individuals.

 
So why aesif? Well from the beginning you could see the problems starting to show and it was inevitable that accidents would happen if the installation practise’s- standards didn’t change; problem was that installers were unaware of the standard applied to this industry?
Now I know that you are going to say that the distributors did do in-house training on the products, and they were certainly doing this when I came into the industry. The problem was simply that they were looking for an avenue to sell their goods, and how you installed their products was entirely up to you?  So twenty years on and what do we have, well - pretty much the same thing- for those on the outside of aesif, -in the ten years of the federation-, we had no major problems with members, or installations- no expulsions’ installers were simply looking for ways to improve on their installation practises, and had the well-meaning help of other installers from within the federation.


As the chairman of aesif  I was amazed at the bad press back in 2010 and the out-write condemnation of the industry by a group of individual’s whom would later become the gate safe organisation,with the headline 99% of all installations were dangerous, I can only assume that theirs were the 1% that burly scraped though?.“And the installers were to blame” no mention of suppliers - the products or the Directives that was not being enforced? And funnily enough no direct contact with aesif before their meeting. It’s the fact that people come out of the woodwork to complain about the problem- situation, but didn’t see it coming, and for some reason now have the right answer to put things right.? So well done. "perhaps they would have been better off reading- how to win friends & influence people!"

The main problem  in the industry now is that because of the bad press- bad handling, and the distancing off some distributors to the situations going on in the industry, that installer are unsure in  trust- simple as. Installers were at that time - i think - waiting for the distributors to start and work together looking for the solution-agreement on safety training that was never to come.  No company is going to pay to be a member of any organisation on the make from the misery of this situation, plus we are all in a recession like it or not.  Aesif is no longer open to membership not because of its lack of members- far from it, but purely because the industry is undergoing change, and those aesif members that took full advantage of the services at their disposal,- now fined -they are no longer needed.  The Aesif web site is still available for archive information on installations, Health & safety information, press releases, public information ect. But we all have to move on at some time or other.

Having said all of this on balance for those of you on the outside of our industry, there have been many advances in the technology of control features around the automatic gate products. These advances now make the gate installation safer for the user.  Obstacle detection- sensitivity being provided in both opening and closing operations of the gate way, with the use of safety edges to the crush point. These all make the installations easier for the installer in compliance with the directives and much safer for the consumer. Old equipment currently installed will over the passing of time be updated at the end of its life span, as we are all aware nothing lasts forever.

Regards John. Birkett

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Members Poems

Getting stuck in 'by the laird'.

My mate and I, we are good friends it's plain for all to see,
he makes me laugh, he makes me cry, he makes me feel at ease.
On those dark nights when days are short, and you can hardly see,
you'll find us working down the drive, van headlights on main beam.

Our work is like a breath of air, it feeds me through the day
for when I have no work you see, I get no rest nor play.
On summer days it can't be beat 'when working on driveways'
or in the early morning breezes, driving through those country lanes.

For automation, electric gates, and barriers is our trade,
no jobs the same, it make us proud, you see it on our face.
We travel here, we travel there, and work on posh estates,
it's tiring work 'the days are long' and digging is the game.

We get our kicks from special jobs, the kindly folk we meet,
but hate it when those jobs go wrong 'depressing it can be'.
On rainy days it's not much fun, it wears you out, you see
but mates are mates and get stuck in, and then it’s home for tea.

So spare a thought ‘but don’t be sad’ this trade is in our blood,
your kindly words and praise you give, are really understood.
Your tea and biscuits are ‘just the job’ to help us through the day,
And when job’s done, with cash in hand, we give remotes and keys.


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Gateways from the past

 

The Ishtar Gate was built and dedicated to the goddess Ishtar around 575 BC. It was awesome in appearance and one of the most impressive monuments of the ancient Near East.  The structure was decorated with glazed brick relief, in tiers, of dragons and young bulls. The gate way was built as a double gate, and it was the starting point for the half mile Processional Way to the Temple of Marduk.

 

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This gate was built by Nebuchadnezzar II, the same monarch who conquered Jerusalem in 586 BC. The Ishtar Gate foundations were discovered in 1899, and were reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, from the glazed bricks and other material excavated by the Robert Koldeway expedition in the early 1900's. This discovery was monumental in the study of Biblical Archaeology, the very Gate which the Jewish captives must have passed through, including Daniel and Ezekiel. It shows the might and glory of the Babylonian Empire.

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