Gate Automation

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Do you still remember the very first goldfish you ever got? Chances are, either the pet shop owner or your own parents gave you a detailed set of instructions for taking care of your new finned friend. Clean the bowl regularly, don’t overfeed it, don’t force it into an unlikely friendship with the cat so that Pixar (or, as we called it in my day, Disney) can make a movie about it. That sort of thing. Deviate from those instructions, and it’s a one-way ticket to Flushville for Goldie. 

Gate Automation DOs and DON'Ts

Fortunately, gate motors are a whole lot less finicky than goldfish and require a minimal amount of attention. Sort of like cats, but not as conspiratorial. 

Even luckier, we’re here to provide you with a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts to keep your gate motor happy and running smoothly for years to come.

DO keep the track clean
Imagine driving your car on a road full of potholes, rocks and other debris (I know, I know. It doesn’t require too much imagining). If your tyres don’t snuff it, then your suspension will take a beating, or you’ll end up damaging your undercarriage. Similarly, your gate will run much smoother – and your gate motor will be eternally grateful – if you take a broom to its track once in a while to clear away rocks, leaves and other detritus that may have accumulated there. 

DO check guide-rollers
Okay, now imagine driving your car through quicksand or molten tar. Too much resistance equals damage and impaired performance. Ensure that your guide-rollers are running freely and are not tight or seized.

DO check gate wheels
Again, gate wheels that are worn, tight or seized will slow down your gate and unnecessarily load the gate motor. While a bit of lubricant applied to the bearing may just do the job, in high-volume applications, these may need to be changed at regular intervals.

DO check the rack
Ensure that the rack is properly secured to the gate and that it does not press down onto the operator pinion at any point along its travel.

DON’T let nature run amok
A gate motor being an outdoor appliance, the odd bit of interference from Mother N is inevitable, but if it starts looking like the Okavango Delta around your gate, it might be time for a bit of a clean-up operation. Dense vegetation around the rack and gate motor can cause problems in the long run.

DON’T leave the cover off
Rain, dust and even direct sunlight can wreak havoc with your gate motor electronics. 

DON’T use automatic closing without safety beams

That’s a huge no-no from a safety perspective.

DON’T let kids play in the gate’s area of travel

See the point above.

DON’T use your gate motor out of its specifications
If I tried to deadlift 300kg, chances are I’d collapse in a quivering heap and possibly shatter my shins. Study your gate motor’s technical specifications carefully and be mindful of its limitations. Don’t a) use it on a gate that is heavier than the maximum weight given in the tech specs, and b) use it more than the specified maximum number of daily operations. This will dramatically reduce its service life.

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