In the age of modern technology it would appear that we all love home automaton as it seems to make our lives far easier. And why not when you consider all you need to do is press a button to achieve the desired results.
However when it comes to automating driveway gates, it is a little more complex than just fitting a motor. Many factors need to be carefully considered so you can ultimately have the peace of mind that what you have installed is not only going to be up to the job but is also going to comply with the latest safety legislation that will ensure the protection of users at all times.
Specifying the Motor
The design, size, weight and location within the opening will all influence the most appropriate type of motor required. Bear in mind that once a set of driveway gates are fitted with an operator, it will be classed as a “machine” and as such can exert a huge amount of force.
It is therefore essential to note that failure to select the right motor can lead to improper operation, excessive wear on mechanical parts and ultimately lead to a dangerous and unsafe installation. As such, if you are unsure in any way as to the right one for your home, please speak to a local automation specialist.
Choosing the Safety Features
On their own, a pair of automatic gates have the potential to cause serious injury to anyone unlucky enough to cross their path as they are in operation. This is because they are not capable of sensing if an object or person is in the way and will keep trying to close. It is therefore essential that they are fitted with the correct safety features that will stop the gates movement should such an incident occur.
Available in a variety of forms, the most common safety features that will meet current legislation are detailed below.
Photo Cell Sensors
This type of safety feature sends an invisible beam out across the opening. Should someone break the beam the gates will automatically stop. Depending upon the complexity of your installation, a number of them may be required at specific points to ensure total safety. Examples of this is where the gates swing back against a wall or similar obstruction that has the potential to trap somebody and crush them.
Fitted to specific points on the gate leaf, a safety edge is basically a sensor that detects an object or person the instant it comes into contact with it thus stopping the movement.
Having a button that can be pressed in an emergency is a great extra precaution that can be a lifesaver. Whilst it does require another person to be present should anyone become trapped, this panic button will act as a kill switch therefore stopping the movement.
Please note the above information is intended as a guide and you should not rely on it to be accurate to all installations. Please remember that each location is different and as such we strongly recommend you seek the advice of a specialist automation company before carrying out any work yourself.
In fact, here at Garden Gates Direct, we take your safety so seriously that we do not supply any kind of automation kits because we do not want to put you and your family’s safety at risk.