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Push N’ Go Feature in Automatic doors

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

This week’s post is about the “Push ‘n Go" feature that many ADOs (Automatic Door Operators) now offer. This feature is a great addition to any ADO and provides an extra layer of convenience and safety for users. It works by sensing when a user is manually pushing the door and automatically continues the remaining opening cycle of the door.


Why is the Push ‘n Go Feature Good?


This feature is beneficial for many reasons. First, it eliminates the need to manually pull and push a door open for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. It’s also great for those carrying heavy items, who may not be able to easily move the door themselves. Finally, it

The Push N' Go feature is not enabled in many automatic door openers as many people don't know if it's existent or prefers not to activate it. This option can always be activated at a later date.

Push N' Go features It can also be very beneficial to people with shopping bags, strollers, and of course to people with disabilities. It also makes sure that the user can open the door hands-free and without any delay.

ADOs in general, are used in many public spaces such as hospitals, shopping centers and hotels. The feature is working in many of these places.



A child opens a metal fire door with a Push N' Go supported automatic door operator


How does a Push N Go actually work

The Push 'N Go function also known as "push-pull" function in automatic operators activates an the automated operator by pushing or pulling the door. The door continues to open automatically and without the need for the user to manually operate it after it is pushed or pulled to a 5 degree (+/- 3 inches) open position.

A manual push or pull of the door is required to activate and turn on the automatic door operators. Unlike handicap push plates, jamb plates, access control devices such as a card reader, keypad, Fobs, or any other manual act with the intention to trigger the full opening of the door.

When pushing a door with a Push 'N Go feature the door will open from the 5 degrees mark all the way to the fully open position, which is usually 90 degrees. It is essential to remember that it takes 8-15 pounds of force to activate the Push N Go feature. This precaution has been implemented by the automatic door manufacturers (Stanley, Ditec, Record, Assa Abloy, etc.) in order to prevent any unintentional openings caused by small gusts of wind.

Exterior doors may take a little more force to operate in certain locations due to high winds and other external elements. It is pretty safe to say that up to 30 pounds of force are within the acceptable range of force, but if it's more than 20 Lbf then it might not conform with accessibility and safety standards. To make sure that you don't run into any issues here, consult our certified door technicians by email or phone.


Push N' Go - Not a Power Assist

It is important to remember that Power-assist operators and Push 'N Go are not the same thing; Power assist will only provide assistance to a person opening a door and will shut back again if the person is not pushing the door anymore while Push 'N Go will continue to open the door all the way to its fully open position.


In order to make sure that your Push 'N Go is in the best condition it can be, you should regularly have it checked by our certified technicians and replace any broken parts. They also need to check for any debris buildup and reduce the force needed to open the door. This will ensure that the Push 'N Go meets all safety requirements and will perform optimally.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via email or phone. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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