Gate Openers and Automation
Choices: Not all gate openers are created equal. Some are for light duty-gates, some for heavy-duty gates, some for swinging gates, some sliding gates, some that are in-ground, some that are solar. In brief, there’s a lot that goes into deciding the gate opener or gate operator for you, not the least of which is the cost.
Quality: A key concern because reliability in the gate opener business isn’t as trusted as it is in say the computer business. For this reason, the experience of your dealer/installer will be invaluable.
Long-term cost of ownership: One of the biggest mistakes is not taking this into account. Time and again, we are called in on jobs where an inadequate electric gate opener was selected for the driveway security gate based on cost alone. This is the number one cause of problems in the gate industry – choosing a gate opener that is not heavy-duty enough for the gate. Service calls and purchasing new equipment to replace the old adds up. Design considerations up front save headache and money down the road. Arrow Fence & Shelter designs systems for reliability. For this reason, we have the longest warranty that we know of in the industry for residential electric gate systems – 2 year parts and labor warranty. Plus, each manufacturer has their own equipment warranty that can exceed our warranty.
|The standard gate automation system has the following components:
- Automatic gate operators
- Ground loop sensors to open the gate and keep it from closing on a car
- Basic keypad or telephone intercom system
- Remotes and gate receiver (installed inside operator)
Automatic Gate Openers
When choosing your new automated gate system it is very important that you have the correct automation kit. Here at Arrow Fence & Shelter, we are happy to advise you of a system that suits both your budget and your needs. Most existing gates can normally be automated. Depending on how they are hung will usually determine which automation kit can be used. Below are examples of the five most common operators used to automate gates. If you require any further advice please call us 405-387-4141 where a member of our team will be happy to help!
Above Ground Ram Kit
The above ground ram kit is available in both 12 volt and 24 volt. These rams can be used when installing new pairs and single swing gates along with automating the majority of existing gates. The operators can be used with both metal and wooden gate installations or a combination of the two. All accessories are compatible with the operators such as remotes, keypads, push buttons and intercoms etc. They are available in both electro mechanical and hydraulic versions depending on the usage and environment they are being installed in. In the eventuality of a power cut there is a key operated manual release allowing you to override the system and open the gates manually. Also these versions have the option of battery back up.
Articulated Arm System
The above ground articulated kit is very popular for gates hung in the middle of large pillars and is available in both 120 volt and 24 volt. They can be used for gates up to 20' each leaf in length These operators can be used when installing new pairs and single swing gates along with automating the majority of existing gates. They are compatible with both metal and wooden gate installations or a combination of the two. All accessories are compatible with the operators such as remotes, keypads, push buttons and intercoms etc. They are available in electro mechanical only. In the eventuality of a power cut there is a key operated manual release allowing you to override the system and open the gates manually. Also 24 volt versions have the option of battery back up.
The underground kit is by far the most popular as it is the most discrete operator on the market! Both 120 volt and 24 volt are available and can be used for gates up to 10' each leaf in length! These operators can be used when installing new pairs and single swing gates along with automating the majority of existing gates. They are compatible with both metal and wooden gate installations or a combination of the two. All accessories are compatible with the operators such as remotes, keypads, push buttons and intercoms etc. They are available in both electro mechanical and hydraulic versions depending on the usage and environment they are being installed in. In the eventuality of a power cut there is a key operated manual release allowing you to override the system and open the gates manually. Also 24 volt versions have the option of battery back up.
Sliding and Cantelever Gate Opener Systems
Sliding Gates, either the more Conventional or Cantilever Systems are a system wherein a metal sliding gate is installed. They are perfect for security for several reasons, not the least of which is that they can assist you in keeping your road free of any necessary tracks. The Gate support is given by rollers that slide into a track that is fitted out onto the lower portion of the gate.
The sliding gate may be manually or automatically controlled. They are so widely in use because their movement is linear in nature meaning that they’ve don’t require a lot of wide open swing space in which to function. To automate a sliding or cantilever gate, the gates need a flexible geared type motor that will be readily able to deal with the different sizes of gates and various usage intensities. In addition, the automation that you may select must also be readily able to deal with extreme changes in the environmental conditions dependent up on where the gateway may be installed. The professionals at EGS will be best able to recommend the right automation for your sliding or cantilever gates, as well as to tell you more about the practicality, the means to assure reliable operations of the gateway system and the maximum limits and safety concerns for your sliding or cantilever gate.
The accessories that you may need to accommodate sliding or cantilever gate systems for security purposes in business or residential venues include tracks, wheels, guide wheels, as well as perhaps the gate stop systems and hinges along with the gating materials themselves.
Barrier Arm Gates
High performance, easy to install and suitable for a wide array of protection types, the barrier or swing arm gate is easily added to nearly any environment. The latest designs feature offer higher performance motors and easy installation. These barrier arm gates are perfect for mall entries, for banking venues and for other types of automobile entry areas where traffic must be restricted.
Increasingly the private party, or the commercial and/or industrial venues require a method whereby they may control access to the parking areas or other roadways to those persons who are authorized to be there. New barrier arm gate technology offers us a wide range of methods to make this happen. The barrier arm gate remains one of the most cost-effective methods of securing a venue or parking area from traffic which is not authorized to be there. Automatic control is varied dependent upon the type of environment and the kind of traffic that you will be seeing, with more sturdy and hardy automatic access controls necessary of course in the colder environments as well as those which are far more busy and will require a more vast usage of the control mechanisms.
Installation, Sales, and Support
We offer sales, installation, and support for most access control systems, feature name brands including Allstargate operators, American Access Systems (AAS) telephone and card access systems, Apollo slide and swing gate operators, Autogate Entry Systems, Chamberlain, Click2Enter radio access systems, DigiCodeTransmitters and keypads, DC Solutions swing and slide gate operators, DoorKing (DKS) phone entry and gate operators, Elite commercial and residential gate operators,Hy-Securityresidential and commercial gate operators,Liftmasterresidential and commercial gate openers, Lineartelephone, keypad, and transmitter access controls,Multi-CodeTransmitters,Oscoresidential and commercial gate operators,Peekloop detectors, Ramsetslide and swing gate openers, Secura Key transmitters, keypads and card reading systems, Secure Guard Cellular Phone-Based Remote Access Control Select Engineered Systems telephone access control and help, Communications systems, Elevator control systems, card access systems for electronic gates and fences. Sentex telephone and card reader entry systems for electronic fences and gates, STR International Microwave radar intruder detection, US Automatic commercial and residential gate openers, Viking Access Systems residential and commercial gate openers, and much more.