A number of things need to be considered before commencing on the installation of a sliding gate motor. These should include safety, type of use, power options, and cable installation among others.
When installing cables for your sliding gate motor, you should consider the use of conduit pipes. Conduit pipes are important in providing additional cable protection from wearing out. The cable should preferably be dug to a depth of not less than 150mm to reduce the chances of extermination. It is also important to maintain a uniform type of cable and avoid unsafe joining of the cables to be buried underground.
Power options for automatic gates
It is a good practice not put all your eggs in one basket. Therefore, you should consider investing in alternative sources of power such as solar and accumulators. When installing solar panels ensure they are free from any form of obstruction such as trees and buildings to enhance maximum sunlight exposure. In addition, ensure that the solar battery gets the correct amount of charge; neither overcharging nor undercharging.When going for a suitable type of battery, look out for the battery specifications including voltage output, Amperage, types of cells, durability and size. An accumulator with a high voltage output will serve you for longer hours without running out of charge.
How the automatic sliding gate motor works
The sliding gate motor is connected to the rack integrated on the gate by an output gear that stimulates gate movement by turning.The sliding gate motor is designed with a rack fitted with a strike plate at each end to automatically detect the expected extent of movement and hence will not over move.
For other types of motors, the rack is fitted with a magnet on its respective ends while the motor is fitted with a magnet sensor that works by detecting the magnet and igniting the motor to stop thereby halting movement.
Positioning of the sliding gate motor
- Position the motor at the back side of your gate approximately 60mm apart.
- Align the rack correctly at the back face of the gate.
- Try opening and closing the gate to check for conformity of the length.
- Ensure that the rack height fits appropriately on the bottom rail.
- Fix the box section to the base by drilling it and thereafter screwing to the box section.
- Remember to run any cables that might be needed for power.
- The motor is now ready for fixing.
Fixing the sliding gate motor
- On the motor output gear, correctly place the first length. This will provide sufficient space for a magnet or striker plate.
- Mark the end lining of the rack and put the other length.
- Look at the mounting lugs to ensure they miss the wheels.
- Reduce the last length of the rack.
- Mark the gate. The marked part is where the last end of the rack will be mounted.
- Try opening the gate to ensure enough rack magnets and strike plates.
- Begin with the almost closed gate and put your first length of the rack on the marked output gear.
- Drill the rack to provide easy attachment on the mounting lugs.
- For the second rack length, ensure that a firm clinging is enhanced.
- Cut the last length of the rack upon a successful fitting.
To get the best out of your money and energy spent on installing an automatic sliding gate, consider an appropriate type of gate for your premises because different types of gates are made to suit different premises. Also, consider your security and the security of your property. Therefore, go for quality.