5 things to consider with Electric Gates

1. Geometry :  This could bring back bad memories of school maths but for swing gates the geometry of your particular installation will be very important as this will help decide which type of Gate Motor you will require.

2. Installation :  Getting the motors and gates installed should not be beyond the abilities of your average DIY enthusiast but you will require a qualified electrician to connect your installation to the power supply.

3. Safety :  Protecting yourself and your visitors from your opening closing gates should always be considered. Should a risk assessment be undertaken.

4. Intercoms :  You will be able to open and close your Electric Gates using the remote controllers or manually using the override key but will an intercom system be required for visitors.

5. Maintenance :  Your Gate System will be almost maintenance free but keeping the sensors clear and the gates in good working order will ensure a trouble free system.

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Avoiding gate crush with Gate Safety Edges

If you are looking to install an Automated Gate System then one of your first considerations should be be safety. Electric Gates are often driven by powerful Gate Motors that work under resistance and should always have some form of system to cut out the motor in the event of an emergency.

If a risk assessment has been carried out prior to the gate installation, gate crush will always be a consideration. The Gate Safety Edges that are available at GateMotors.co.uk can be used on gates of various sizes and in a sliding or swing opening mode.

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Proteco Spare Parts on Gate Motors

At Gate Motors we aim to supply the best motors at the widest range possible. We are the main distributor of Proteco in the UK and we want to supply the best and most efficient equipment possible.

As we stock the full range of Protecto we can provide any spare parts that you need and we have gathered files in order to help you. For example the Kit Runner Spare Parts Listing guides you through all the different parts that make up that particular kit. Here are the rest of our Protecto Spare Parts documents:

Kit Diamond Spare Parts Listing, Kit Simply Spare Parts Listing, Kit Roller Spare Parts Listing, Kit Aster Spare Parts Listing, Kit Blank Spare Parts Listing.

Don’t forget that when looking at Gate Kits or any other product on our website, to the right hand side is a ‘Download’ box which will provide the relevant PDF documents to either help you understand that product, help you install the product or show you technical information about that product.

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Gate Automation Safety – Crush Zones

An important part of designing an Automatic Gate System is the consideration of Gate Safety.

Electric Gates are a popular addition to many properties, but few people realise that they are installing a piece of equipment classed as a machine. If not installed correctly by a professional the system has the potential to cause serious harm.

During the summer of 2010 two young children died after becoming trapped in powered gates. They were trapped because;

• Their presence at the closing edge was not detected; and
• The closing force of the gate when they obstructed it was too high.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued two safety notices in 2010 giving details on the risks and the protection method needed. The HSE now requires Electric Gate installers to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of hazards to anyone using the gates prior to design and installation, and for the design to eliminate or considerably reduce any risks identified.

The HSE also requires that persons responsible for the management and maintenance of Electric Gates should be provided with appropriate documentation, instructions for use and training to operate and maintain the gates safely, and recommends that regular reviews of assessments should be undertaken to ensure the gates are maintained in a safe condition.

The Crush Zones for an example double swing gate system are identified in the diagram below.

Gate Safety - Gate Crush Zones
Products such as Gate Safety Edging & Safety Photocells can be used to protect the zones identified.




HSE link to Risks to pedestrians from crushing zones on electrically powered gates

Further information from HSE on Gate Safety

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Positioning of the Gate Motor on the Gate

It is advised to attach the Gate Arm to a fairly central position as standard so that the Gate Leaf does not “wobble” from side to side when in motion.

However, the Gate Motors can be positioned anywhere along the gate.

See below some pictures of gate installations, donated by our customers in the past, to demonstrate various motor positioning.

Positioning of the Gate Motor Arms

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Turning off the Automatic Gate Closing function

Below steps to take for the options discussed:

  • Turning off the Automatic Gate Closing function
  • Having one motor opening further than the other
  • Adjusting torque setting

Pre-Install HINT:

This is just my personal preference. I find it easier to install / program the settings without the Safety Photocells attached. Whilst you are programming, If anything was to break the Safety Photocell beam, the control board instantly goes into “panic mode” and flings the motors into reverse with no control, no speed regulation. It ignores the default settings and gets the gates reversed in the quickest way possible. This is a safety feature and a much needed safety feature. By linking out the photocells, this significantly reduces the risk of the photocell beam being broken and potentially interrupting the Sequential Programming sequence. You should already have a link between terminals 2 & 8 to tell the control board you do not have an emergency stop button fitted (unless you do, then there would be no link). Then place link between terminals 3 & 9 and 4 & 9. This FOOLS the control board to think it has photocells attached when they are not. This is a temporary measure. After the programming has been completed, then introduce the photocells to the control board and remove one of the links as necessary.

 

The Q60 control board is versatile as in it can operate two motors independent of each other with respects to how far the gate opens / closes. We can tell one motor to start before the other / close before the other / to be more aggressive than the other etc. We achieve this by adjusting just the parameters for that one specific motor at a time. So in this instance, we need one motor 1 (wired into terminals 13 / 14 / 15) to open to its maximum degree and motor 2 (wired into terminals 16 / 17 / 18) to 80 degree angle.

 

As at this stage the installation is not yet complete, we need to run the Sequential Programming first. As explained on the phone, the motors are where the installation is not quite complete; the control board does not know what force is needed to move the motors or how long it will take to open to any point other than what the default settings values are set at. (Please see column on Q60 Install guide labelled “standard default values” – this gives an idea as to what the control board is working to right now.

The angles are set by judging how long the motor took to open. This is very much hinged on your input. Always best to use the key fob for this. The instruction guide does suggest using a key switch but I personally find that if you are not quick enough to flick the key, you may miss-judge the running time for the motor and it could over-open or go past the point where you want it to stop. Program the key fobs first before proceeding. Please follow next steps:

a)      Press the button A on the gate control panel 2 times, the display shows rA

b)      Press button B on the gate control panel 2 times, the display shows tc

c)      Press and hold a button on the  remote control (the green light on the key fob illuminates) until a dot appears on the display (this means that the receiver is ready to store the button’s code)

d)      Simultaneously press and hold button C on the gate control panel to store the new code.

e)      A 2 digit number will briefly show on the screen e.g. “01” before showing tc. This number is the location the control board has stored the key fob code in

f)       Repeat from step C to E for the remaining key fobs you have, when finished follow step G

g)      Press button A on the gate control panel 3 times to return to the stand-by mode - -

Now we can complete the installation by running the Sequential Programming.

 

Sequential Programming

 

Following the next process of steps will overwrite the default settings. Once this is done, the motors should behave how you want them to with respect to opening angles.

 

From standby mode “- -“

a)      Press Button A4 times. Show AS

b)      Press Button B2 times. Show 2N (2 motors)

c)       Press Key Fob Button (Give start signal), motor starts to open and shows N1.

d)      Wait until leaf is open 90%, then press key fob button (give another start signal), R1 is shown, gate leaf goes into deceleration mode.

e)      Wait until leaf is at rest tight with gate stop and press key fob button. This tells the motor to stop. Gate stops and second gate leaf starts to move, shows N2.

f)       Wait until leaf is open 90%, then press key fob button (give another start signal), R2 is shown, gate leaf goes into deceleration mode.

g)      Wait until leaf is at rest tight with gate stop and press key fob button. Gate stops. The control unit has calculated the opening and deceleration time of both leaves.

h) Now shows TP on screen. The gate system is now calculating PAUSE TIME. Press key fob button after desired pause time. Both gate leaves begin to close using the same calculations it made to open. (this is standard – remember we are turning this function off afterwards)

i)        When the closing cycle is complete, both gates resting against centre gate stop, the program cycle is complete. The control board automatically exits from the sequential program process and all working times have been saved that it felt it needed to complete the operation.

j)        The control board will now be in stand-by mode. You will see “- - “.

If you feel it got it slightly wrong, or you were not quick enough pressing the key fob during set stages, we then can adjust the individual motor that needs correcting. I have attached a chart below which talks about the parameters we can look at to “tweak” and what each of those parameters do.

 

Do have your front page of Q60 Control Unit for Swing Gate instruction guide for reference:

 

 

Once you are on the chosen parameter, to increase a value press button C, to decrease value press button D. N1 and N2 parameter values represent seconds – example: 21 = 21 seconds. F1 / F2 values represent level of torque intensity.

 

If the sequential programming did not calculate your wish for one motor to open further than the other, increase the “Operating time” in increments of 4 seconds, then maybe reduce to 2 seconds until you fine tune to precision.

 

With gate stops in place, the motor cycles will be regulated on every operation. If gate stops are not in place, the motor will not detect resistance when they are slowing down and the motors will over-run and fall out of synchronisation.

 

 

Automatic Closing

 

This function is always set to ON by default. In normal practice the gate would open, then hold open for 3 seconds and then close. By turning off the automatic closing we are telling the control board to only open when instructed and to stay open until it’s told to close.

 

Please follow the next steps to turn off this function:

On the left hand side of the control board are 4 tactile buttons marked A / B / C / D

 

1)      Press button A twice, you will see “PA” on the screen

2)      Press button B once, you will see “N1” on the screen

3)      Press button B a further 15 times, you will see “P3” on the screen (automatic closing step by step), after seeing P3 briefly the screen will show “SI” – this means the function is ON.

4)      Press button D once, you will now see “NO” – this means function is now turned off.

5)      Press button B 7 times, you will see “SU” on the screen (save function). Once you see “SU”, Press and hold button C until you hear the relays on the control board double click. This is an audio confirmation that the changes made has been saved.

6)      The control board will now automatically return to the “- – “status (standby mode) to confirm it is ready for use.

 

To turn Automatic Closing back on:

 

1)       Press button A twice, you will see “PA” on the screen

2)      Press button B once, you will see “N1” on the screen

3)      Press button B a further 15 times, you will see “P3” on the screen (automatic closing step by step), after seeing P3 briefly the screen will show “NO” – this means the function is OFF.

4)      Press button C once, you will now see “SI” – this means function is now turned on.

5)      Press button B 7 times, you will see “SU” on the screen (save function). Once you see “SU”, Press and hold button C until you hear the relays on the control board double click. This is an audio confirmation that the changes made has been saved.

6)      The control board will now automatically return to the “ – - “ status (standby mode) to confirm it is ready for use.

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Proteco Gate Motor Spare Parts

We have a full range of Proteco spares for all types of Proteco gate motors. Maybe you’ve inherited a gate system with your property or you just want to get a replacement Proteco part.

We stock the full range of Proteco gate automations, including majority of Proteco spare parts but not all. Any specific parts can be obtained from our factory direct for any range of the gate automation and accessories.

We can offer next day delivery at a charge for any urgent deliveries needed and provide full pre-sale support as well as comprehensive after-sale support (paid support) including free technical support via email – support@gatemotors.co.uk.

Upon request, we supply technical installation guides for all of our automations and often can design suggested automation layout’s to achieve your customers gate automation needs. These installation guides are available to download through our website www.gatemotors.co.uk, along with the majority of the accessories. If there is any specific guides you request that are not available through the website, you may contact us for supply.

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Keyfobs / Transmitters programming

The Key Fob is a three channel remote control. Each channel can operate an independent system. For example, a property may have two gates; one entrance gate, one exit gate each operated with their own key fob remote. Instead of carrying around 2 key fobs in your pocket, you can operate both off the one key fob.

As each channel (button) of the remote is separate from the other, one button must be designated and used to operate the gate.

The key fob can be programmed to have one button to act as an Emergency Stop. This can be handy where an external Emergency Stop push button has not been fitted.

To start with you should already have assigned one button to operate the gates opening / closing cycle. To set another button as an Emergency Stop, please follow the next set of steps:


TO SAVE NEW REMOTE CONTROL CODE

a) Press the button A on the gate control panel 2 times, the display shows rA.
b) Press button B on the gate control panel 3 times, the display shows CP.
c) Press and hold a button on the remote control that you have designated to be the EMERGENCY STOP command (the green light on the key fob illuminates) until a dot appears on the display (this means that the receiver is ready to store the button’s code).
d) Simultaneously press and hold button C on the gate control panel to store the new code.
e) A 2 digit number will briefly show on the screen e.g. “02” before showing CP. This number is the location the control board has stored the key fob code in.
f) Press button A on the gate control panel repeatedly until the display returns to the stand-by mode “ – - “

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