Flow control plates and how they can help your business

Simple, low-key and effective - they are just some words to describe flow control plates. Flow control plates are plates in or on the ground that can allow cars to pass over them one way, but not the other way.

Sounds easy enough to understand right? Well that’s because it is. Flow Control Plates are one of the simplest designs for security that you can buy on the market today with varying shapes, designs and colours to suit.

Sunken Flow Plate

Sunken Flow Plates are concreted in to the surface of the ground and are constructed from heavy steel which makes for a robust and stable product.

Its main purpose is to encourage mono-directional flow of traffic as well as preventing vehicles from travelling over it coming from the opposing direction. These flow control plates also have an inbuilt noise reduction barrier which prevents the nasty sound of crashing metal.

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Surface Mounted Flow Plates

Surface Mounted Flow Plates are mounted on top of a surface instead of being embedded. These are also suitable for controlling traffic flowing one way and not the other. They are most suited to sloped entry or exit roads and multi-storey car parks.

As they are bolted down to the existing road surfaces, they are a lot easier and faster to set up and install than the sunken models. In busy, crowded environments such as car parks they can be a key tool in preventing traffic from going in the wrong direction and causing an accident.

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Heavy Duty Surface Mounted Flow Plates

Heavy Duty Surface Mounted Flow Plates are the most robust of the three choices. They are simple, sleek and well-designed like the other choices, however they are also incredibly strong which means that they can withstand HGV traffic as well as regular vehicles.

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Are you interested in finding out more? Gateway Automation provide a range of perimeter security and traffic management systems to help businesses across the UK. To find out more, please contact us on 01522 68255 or take a look at our brochure which can be viewed here: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/brochure/.

Protecting businesses from catalytic converter theft

Catalytic converter theftA recent catalytic converter theft at a food distribution firm in Lincolnshire has highlighted the importance of perimeter security for businesses.

A theft of catalytic converters of 15 Mercedes delivery vans at a food distributor in Grimsby has had a damaging effect on their business. The food distribution firm suffered an organised and highly systematic raid on their business site in which catalytic converters from 15 of its vans were stolen.

The thieves used high power tools such as a battery-powered grinder to remove the converters from the vans. The theft resulted in the family-run business being unable to distribute their goods for a week and incurring serious financial costs in the tens of thousands to repair the damage done.

Thieves are attracted to catalytic converters found on vehicles due to the high prices that can be sought for the precious metals they contain – including rhodium, palladium and platinum which can be reused in jewellery, dentistry and even electronics.

Businesses such as the one in Grimsby are often targeted by professional gangs in the night due to their relative isolation in industrial estates – especially at night time. However, these types of crimes are far from unorganised and gangs will often scope out their targets in advance, so businesses which have strong perimeter security tools in place are less likely to fall prey to them.

Whether your business operates from commercial, industrial or retail premises, Gateway Automation provides a variety of security solutions and can provide you with a free, no obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your security requirements.

Gateway Automation provide a range of perimeter security systems to help businesses and individuals to secure their sites and also provides nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please contact us on 01522 68255 or take a look at our brochure which can be viewed here: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/brochure/.