1. How much does an automatic gate cost?
This varies depending on the size of the opening, the detail which you would like incorporated into the design of the gate and the kit which you would prefer. Kits for automatic gates range from £500 upwards.
2. How much voltage is required for the operation of the automatic gates?
This depends on which system is required. Heavy industrial gates will need "three phase" power, others will require 240v mains power and some will only require 12/24voltage. Supplementary equipment such as communications, lights and maintenance equipment needs to be accounted for and so it is recommended that a suitable 240V, 13 amp constant and dedicated supply is installed.
3. What cabling is required to set up gate automation?
- For the Mains supply 2.5mm diameter cable is sufficient, provided that the distance is under 200m's. For anything over 200m's 4mm cable is recommended.
- For photocells, key switch and beacons a 4 core x 0.75mm cable is required.
- Gate motors require 4 core, 1.5mm cable.
- Ground loop is supplied containing the necessary cable and you should only use this cable.
4. How secure are the gates when in the closed position?
The motors which we supply and fit are non-reversible, meaning they will not move unless given a command to do so.
5. What range is achievable with the key fobs?
Without an aerial the key fobs have a range of up to 80m's, while with an aerial a range of 150-200m's is achievable.
6. Does the wind affect solid gates?
Solid gates can be affected by wind resistance and this must be taken into consideration when the design of the gate is being decided. It would be more plausible to install solid gates in a sheltered location. The larger the leaf of a gate is, then the bigger the potential problems with wind resistance can be.
7. Are there any other methods of opening the gates?
In addition to the key fobs, it is also possible to open the gates via hard-wired keypad or videx range of access control systems such as an audio or video entry link.
8. Will the gates close on an obstruction or a user?
Each kit comes with photocells. These photocells when installed project a beam across the entrance. If this beam is broken by a vehicle or pedestrian for example then the gates will not move or if they have already started closing then they will stop closing and open out again. It is also possible to mount extra photocells on the inside of the entrance towards the house for extra safety precautions.
9. What happens when deliveries or visitors come to the house/premises?
Depending on the clients preferences, the system can be designed to allow free access to all or require a code or card to enter. Entry may also be achieved via communication links such as Audio or Video links.
10. How do visitors leave the premises after they have gained entry?
It is possible to install ground loops on the inside of the entrance and when these are driven over as the visitor exits,it causes the gates to close.
11. What do you do to ensure the gates don't close manually?
In this instance it is necessary to change the Dip Switch settings.
12. What happens during a power cut?
In the event of a system malfunction or power cut, there is a manual override incorporated into the system allowing the gates to be opened and closed.
13. What causes the gates to stay open?
- Either the beam is obstructed or the photocells are failing to line up correctly.
- Low battery in key fob
- Loose wire between motor and control panel
- Dip switches have been tampered with
- Fault with plug in radio receiver
14. What are the extra buttons on the remote for?
Extra buttons can be programmed for another gate or roller shutter.
15. How far do the gates open?
The swing gate system which we fit will open to 110 degrees, however we can fit a chain driven device to the underground system which will allow the gates to open to 180 degrees should the client require it.