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Gate Automation – Electric Gate Motor

A gate operator is a mechanical device used in gate automation to open and close a gate, such as one at the end of a driveway. There are two main types of gate automation – hydraulic or electromechanical; these can be further split into the following categories, worm (or screw) driven, arm openers and underground openers. Automatic and Electric Gate operators are designed for both swinging and sliding gates. They can be programmed to open and close with a wireless transmitter or a manual device. Low Voltage Automatic Gate openers can also be fitted with solar panels to ensure function during loss of electricity or blackouts.

Gate AutomationElectric Gate Automation Benefits

Manually operated driveway gates have their own benefits – though not many of them. It might keep you fit having to jump out of your car to open your driveway gates, but few would appreciate this on a cold, dark winter night! Then there is the security aspect, where you have to fumble for your padlock or gate lock key and hope you still have it on you and nobody is lurking in the shadows waiting for the gate to be opened! Why bother?

Sure, manually operated gates look good and they seem natural to you because you simply flip the latch or even open the padlock then pull them back – or push them forward depending on how your gate works. Some manually operated gates can also slide on rails, taking up less space to operate. So why use electric gates if you can do it yourself? Here’s why.

Electric Gate Automation

Electric gate automation enables you to open and close your gates using an in-car or hand-held transmitter, much like the key transmitter you use to open and close your car doors. It makes no difference whether you have sliding gates or swing gates. Many prefer swing gates because they involve less maintenance. But let’s face it, sliding gates take up less space and all you need do is to make sure the runners are clear of debris.

Unlike the manually-operated versions, electrically-operated gates are not easily opened by intruders. Sure, you can have them set up so that they can be opened without the transmitter, but generally electric gate automation offers a significantly higher level of security than regular gates. Particularly if you have video covering the entrance!

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