We can offer you:
- A site survey to assess your requirements by one of our experienced engineers, who have vast knowledge of solving security problems and are able to relate this product to your needs. The engineer may feel a more suitable and cost effective product would better suit your project, and would discuss the options available with you.
- We can also advise you on civils/groundworks, provide drawings, and talk through the installation process with you.
- We can supply drawings and diagrams along with all the technical information and cabling details for the equipment you choose.
- We can discuss the methods of operation of the equipment and provide a specification of the products required to help with your tender or design.
Listed below is more in depth information about our automatic swing gate systems and equipment. If you have any questions at all, we would be only too pleased to speak to you, so give us a call to help you and your business solve security problems and improve your safety, efficiency and profitability.
Automatic Swing gates provide security and convenience with no need to get out of your car in the rain to open your gates.
Swing gates give protection against unauthorised intrusion by people and animals that may wander into your property. They can also keep your pets and children safe while playing within your property preventing them from straying out on to a busy highway. In today’s world automatic swing gates are becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. More and more apartment building and houses are constructed as gated communities which not only protects the property it protects their vehicles, giving total piece of mind
Swing gates can be fabricated in numerous designs the first thing to decide when you are choosing a swing gate is if you would prefer one large swing gate or a pair of swing gates. This is not always a matter of choice but of space behind the gate to allow the gates to open inwards. Swing gates are not allowed to open out over a public footpath or road. A pair of swing gates would open into half the distance of one large swing gate. The next thing to consider is the height of the gates and remember, if they are too high you may need planning permission this does vary from region to region and property type it is normally 1m high if within 1 metre of a public highway and a maximum of 2 metres high without planning permission elsewhere on the property. You may still require permission if you are likely to interfere with a tree that has a preservation order on it or the property is listed or you are increasing the height of an exit, each county council may have variations so please check before proceeding. Then we come to the design it can be ornate wrought iron style steel work normally used for homes or apartments if privacy is required panelled timber gates are often used. For industrial areas factories, schools, and workshops it is normally a bar infill design or mesh gate if be ornately designed and made to match the property.
If the gate is to be made for automation please ensure the gate supports and hinges are up to the job, the most common problem is where for instance a school has a fence and a manual gate fitted then a couple of years later they want to automate the gate. Usually fencing companies install gates for manual operation only. If a swing gate motor is put onto that gate the torque and forces of the motor just rip the hinges and posts apart . When Auto Mate systems Ltd supply any industrial gate it comes with fully machined bearing hinges. We also retrofit bearing hinges to gates we automate.
Choosing a suitable Swing gate motor
Swing gates can be powered discreetly by the use of underground motors these are more often used on domestic gates and can be hydraulic or electro mechanical. The electro mechanical are very reliable and need very little ongoing maintenance other than to clean out the motor boxes from the usual debris of leaves etc that collect in the boxes and lubrication of any linkages. The other type of underground swing gate motor is the hydraulic motor this requires the same maintenance as the electro mechanical motor with the addition of checking fluid levels and that the valves are secure. If the property is subject to flooding then it would be worth considering a Ram gate motor, this is a motor which relies on geometry when it is powered to push the gate open or pull it closed as these are mounted above ground so the problem of flooding and water penetration does not exist. Again these can be electro mechanical or hydraulic, the hydraulic version is often used on larger industrial gates where more force is required.
Scissor arm motors are often used where a brick pillar does not allow for the accurate geometry required with a ram motor and an underground cannot be fitted due to brickwork foundations. The scissor arm motor is fixed to the brick work and the arm of the motor is bolted or welted to the gate the arm folds to open the gate as the motor turns. These types of motor are normally light domestic duty. The last type of swing gate motor is the wheeled motor which is fastened to the leaf of the gate and drives the gate open the ground for this motor must be hard i.e. concrete and it must be level this gate motor works on limit switches so the control panel knows when the gate is open or closed. The wheeled gate motor is more for industrial gates and can operate a gate leaf weighing from 2000 kg to 6000 kg and guarantee to close the gate no matter what the weather unlike all other swing motors which are affected by wind as only so much force can be put behind the standard motor if an 80 mph wind is pushing against the gate it will not open or close.
As an RIB approved distributor Auto Mate Systems Ltd Stock and install all of the types of Swing gate automation equipment and train other gate automation engineers and installers in the correct procedures to be used when installing RIB and other manufacturers gate automation systems Our swing gate drive units come in various sizes and can power domestic gates from 300kg to large industrial gates of up to 15 metric tons.
Each system comes with an access control system and safety devices.