There are many advantages to installing electric gates for most types of sites, with users benefitting from increased convenience, enhanced privacy and robust security that is also aesthetically pleasing. Electric gates are a modern solution that not only control access, but can add value to a site.
At Jacksons Fencing, we supply three types of electric gate that come with a vast selection of options including infill, style, material and operating system. These three types are swing, sliding and bi-fold gates, which refer to the action the gate makes as it opens.
These gates can be fully automatic (requiring an action to open) or semi-automatic (using a deadman's switch which cuts the gate action when the button is lifted). They have two types of gate operator: hydraulic ram, which are compact units operated by a hydraulic piston that has a self-contained pump; and underground operator, which are located in a separate cabinet and can handle larger gates.
Access-control devices include key fobs, card swipe or readers, keypads and button-operation units.
Sliding gates are ideal on sites where there is not enough space for gates to swing open. They also work well with sloping ground where the ground is inclined up and away from the gate where a swing gate would ground when opened. We manufacture both steel and timber sliding gates with the option of almost every style and infill: welded mesh, vertical bar, ornamental, solid timber tongue and groove effect, and acoustic. There are two ways that sliding gates can move along the ground:
Cantilever sliding gates
Tracked sliding gates
Bi-folding speed gates
Bi-folding speed gates are ideal for areas that require an air-lock or fast access to and from a site, such as hospitals, fire stations and high security applications such as data centres and utilities site. With each gate leaf folding back on itself, it creates an opening to allow access. They are operated by heavy-duty hydraulic ram, offering an opening speed of 1 metre per second.
Swing gates are the most common form of gate, simply swinging inwards or outwards to allow access. Swing gates are a cost-effective option where space is not an issue.
It’s important to note that electric gates are classed as machinery and can lead to people being seriously injured or even killed if designed and installed improperly. Electric gates therefore need to be manufactured in accordance with regulation, and installed and maintained by experts.
For more help and advice on specifying electric gates, contact us today.
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