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Choosing the Right Linear® Gate Operator for Your Customer

John LeBlanc | September 15, 2021
john.leblanc@nortekcontrol.com
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So, you’ve browsed the website, read some literature and are looking to install a Linear® gate operator, but which one is the right fit for your customer? As there are multiple factors to consider, we put together this handy list of questions to ask yourself before choosing a Linear gate operator. 

 

  1. What type of gate

UL 325 states that pedestrians must not use an opening which is automated for vehicular use. 

  1. Slide – is it Cantilever? Overhead? V-Groove track? Roller? Enclosed track gate?
    b. Swing – What type of gate material? Is Wind a factor?
    c. Barrier – What type of arm? Wood? Aluminum? 
  2. Is the gate new or existing?If the installation is on an existing gate, open and close it manually to assure a smooth operation. Remember, Gate Operators do not correct gate problems! Existing gates that are to be automated must meet the ASTM F-2200 standard for gate construction. Roller Covers? Pinch points protected? Slide Gates screened to 2.25”?

     

  3. What is the length of the gate?What about the height? Or the weight? Does it move freely?

     

  4. Will the operator be subjected to prolong below freezing temperatures?Consider adding a heater or cold weather package.

     

  5. Single gate or paired dual gate application?Up to two Linear Gate operators with an APeX II control board can be networked together to work as a pair in a dual gate installation. Be sure to include shielded cabling in quote (sold in 50’ or 100’ lengths). The PRO SW series can run two actuators (the second, which includes cabling, is sold separately).

     

  6. How many cycles will the gate open and close per day?High duty cycle requires a heavy duty gate operator system. Consider variable speed operators for high cycle locations.

     

  7. What voltage and phase are required for the gate to operate?This is generally dependent on what voltage is available at the site. We recommend the highest voltage available at the site and 3 phase power if available.

     

  8. How will the gate operator be physically installed?Some operators are designed to be pad mounted others post mounted. Kits are available to post mount a pad mount operator and pad mount a post mount operator.

     

  9. How will the gate operate in the event of a power failure?All Linear operators have a manual release device standard, some models offer built-in battery backup. (Some local codes require the use of battery backup.)

     

  10. How will the gate be opened for vehicle entry?They can be opened via access control accessories. Consider the requirements for residents and guests as well as emergency vehicles.
    a. Key switch
    b. Keypad
    c. Radio control
    d. Telephone Entry System
    e. Intercom
    f. Siren or Strobe Activated Emergency Vehicle Sensor
    g. Don’t forget a gooseneck stand to mount access control devices

     

  11. How will the gate close after entry into the property?Use of the built in auto close timer is the most common method. This requires the use of vehicle detectors (loop detectors) to prevent the gate from automatically closing on a vehicle.

     

  12. How will the gate be opened for exiting vehicles?Use of an automatic exit vehicle detector (free exit loop) is the most common method. Detectors for the APeX II may be plug-in style, others need to be wired in. Loop wire kits or pre-formed loops are part of these systems and can be sold with the operator. 

 

Now that you’ve asked yourself these questions, check out our comparison chart here to choose the best operator for your customer’s needs.  

For more information, including exact measurements and application options, check out this helpful PDF on choosing a gate operator.