New Nice Era range of remotes – ON1e ON2e ON4e ON9e

Nice have just brought out a new range of the ON remotes. They will soon be coming to all the new kits we sell that include the ON2 remotes.

You can have a look at the data sheet by clicking Nice Era One.


Nice continue to offer a vast range of products suitable for all types of gates. Being reasonably priced and offering middle of the range products, they appeal to all types of consumers. The benefits of a Nice system are their 24v motors are more suited for large commercial installations when the gates are going to be opened/closed many times a day or an hour.

They also have an obstacle detection safety feature and have the option of running off solar power.



The most popular remote out of the Era range:




If you are looking for a Nice system or something similar then please get in touch with us.






Maintaining your gate motors/automation during the winter

In periods of Cold weather, like a car, your motors may have trouble starting up from a stationary position. Below are some hints and general tips for promoting ongoing happy life of the automation:


1) Increase the torque level by at least 2 to 3 levels to what you see on the parameter – Remember, to trail the new setting before comitting. The motors are only designed to move the weight of the gate only and nothing else. You should be able to still hold on to the leading edge of the gate leaf and be able to stop it. If the gate drags you along with it, the torque is too high.

NOTE: In the Summer periods, the motors may work more quickly and forcefully. Remember to adjust the torque setting back down to compensate. It’s like balancing the scales when it comes to Cold then Hot conditions.

2) Greasing using liquid parafin on the stainless steel arms. The motors are encased in machine grease which is water soluable. There is no maintenance required with greasing of the internal cogs

3) Aid weatherproofing – ensure the linear motor is attached to the gate with atleast a 4mm – 8mm decline MAX. This aids standing water to drain off the stainless steel piping when the gate is in a closed position. If water comes into contact with the machine grease inside the motor, the grease disperses and the gears will start to squeak and often jam.

4) Grease your gate hinges – If the gate can move freely by hand, the motor will move it easily with minimum force. The more force that is used, the more strain the motor is under.

5) Clean the Photocells – The photocells are a safety device and as such are pinicle to the automation. Without them, the gate will not respond to your commands. There are 12-24v constantly buzzing around the photocells making them an attractive warm home for insects. They love to nest over the sensors and it scatters the Infrared beams. Clean out the photocell lenses, ensure units are insect free – use silicone sealant to seal any cracks or gaps in the casings.


You can also check the FAQ section of our website.

If you are having trouble with any of these steps or need some further advice then do not hesitate to give us a call on 01202-717191.


Hydraulic Motors Vs Electromechanical

We currently only sell electromechanical gate automation systems. You can read below the differences and advantages/disadvantages for both, and why electromechanical is overall better:


  • Hydraulic is known to be cheaper because they use fluid which acts as a “gearing” medium allowing them to use smaller, high speed motors. Electromechanical however has risen in popularity becoming overall cheaper with the increase in production.
  • Electromechanical seem to be easier to install partly due to them needing virtually no maintenance.
  • Hydraulic systems are known to be environmentally unfriendly due to fluid leakage.
  • Electromechanical motors are arguably more reliable and much simpler.
  • Hydraulics NEED maintenance. If they run low on fluid there is a danger of severe damage such as broken parts. Electromechanical do not need any routine servicing.
  • Response times for the latest electromechanical systems are far more reliable and faster than hydraulic due to relief valves that can only react as quickly as fluid flows through the pipe work.
  • In both cases reliability is a plus (if maintained correctly obviously). Both systems are known to have had life’s of over 20 years with no parts needing to be replaced whatsoever.
  • Noise levels are much more apparent in hydraulic systems with electromechanical being quieter especially when hydraulic components wear.





New Nice Inti range of remotes

Nice have just brought out a new range of remotes called Inti!

The remotes replace the FloR range and come in six different colours. Click on Nice Inti Remote to purchase and read about the new range.


Nice have also brought out a universal kit which includes three of the Inti remotes and a Nice receiver, in order to use those remotes on other brands of automation. This is a great replacement if you need additional key fobs which you can no longer purchase, maybe because of the different frequency. With this kit you would still be able to use your old fobs, you’d just be plugging in a new receiver and you save yourself a lot of money compared to buying a new FAAC receiver and then the remotes on top of that. The Nice Inti Universal Kit is only compatible with 12/24v systems.

Click on the Nice Inti Universal Control System to purchase and read more about it.


More links:

Nice Inti Data Sheet

Nice Inti Overview


Obstacle Detection for Gate Automation

The most common type of obstacle detection used with gate automation is amperometric sensitivity.

Amperometry in chemistry and biochemistry is detection of ions in a solution based on electric current or changes in electric current.

Obstacle detection is designed to keep users accessing the automated gate safe. It is recommended for commercial installations and anywhere young children are around.


It is possible the system will be able to pick up an obstacle with less than 400 Newton’s of force applied to it. It is usually about 0.7 seconds from when a force is applied to it realising there is an obstacle there and will stop and start to reverse.


So the obstacle detection is activated based on how much force is applied to the gate when the system does not expect it i.e not at the end of the opening or closing phase. The system will learn upon setup the opening and closing cycles, so if you have gate stops in place it will always expect that when it has reached a certain distance in its automation cycle (either the end of the opening phase or the end of the closing phase) it will push up against something solid. So anything that comes into contact with the gate out of those zones will be presumed as an obstacle.


We sell many automation kits which have this obstacle detection feature, such as the Kit MyAster, Kit MyHook, Kit MyShark, Kit Wingo, Kit X-Metro and many more!


Gate Automation Obstacle Detection – Came Obstacle Detection

Came 24v automation systems use amperometric sensitivity.

Definition: Amperometry in chemistry and biochemistry is detection of ions in a solution based on electric current or changes in electric current.


Amperometric sensitivity: the level of gearmotor sensitivity in the face of obstacles during operation.


The following information is relative to the ZLJ24 control board which comes in Came kits such as the FerniE and Axo:

When the amperometric sensitivity is on, and an obstacle is engaged, depending on how the configuration is set, the gearmotor works in the following ways:

- timed endpoint: it stops while performing a gate run;

- end point: it inverts direction of travel during operation;

- decelerations: it inverts direction of travel during operation, while during the deceleration phase it stops;

- Fcap-RallCh.: it inverts direction of travel during operation, while during the deceleration phase it only stops when on a closing run.

When the amperometric sensitivity is off, and an obstacle is engaged, the gearmotor stops when the maximum current threshold is exceeded (i.e. overload).

N.B.: this function appears only if the “encoder” function is not selected in the FUNCTIONS menu.


Obstacle detection on the ZLJ24 control board:

This shows obstacle detection is activated during gate operation and declaration.


Adjusting the sensitivity of the obstacle detection on ZLJ24 control board:


Reconditioned Gate Automation Kits / Motors

Looking for a cheap gate automation kit? We now have in stock some reconditioned kits. It is only the motors that are reconditioned so all other electrical items such as the control board, photocells, remotes are brand new. The motors still come with the usual 3 year warranty so if you don’t mind some minor cosmetic marks then there is no reason to not go with one.

Looking for a replacement motor? We have reconditioned motors such as the Diamond and Aster if your existing one has become faulty.

You can find our special offers page here.


New Comelit Intercoms listed on Gatemotors

The Comelit Smart 8471s Colour Video Intercom and Comelit iPower 8595 Colour Video Intercom have just been added to the site and offer the user a greater experience.

The Comelit Smart is very sleek with the inside handset being just 3mm thick. It comes with a 3.5″ high quality colour display and has a nifty little feature of being able to push a button to bring up the video camera on the outside caller unit. So even if the push button outside is not pressed you can still check at any time if anybody’s outside. The Smart Kit can be flush or surface mounted and aimed at attractive yet practical installations.


The Comelit iPower is a one of a kind intercom, being the first wireless colour video intercom. All it requires is for the system to be plugged straight into the mains. It is a revolutionary product as it eliminates the long and tiring installation process of cables and more. It also has a video memory function, allowing a guest to leave an audio or video message on an SD card if there is no one in at the time.

There are many more features to these intercoms so have a look at the product pages in order to get more information and to place an order.

If you require any further help with these intercoms or require one more suited for your needs then contact us on 01202-717191.



The new Proteco MyGate automation

Proteco have just updated their range of automation kits and have more features than they did before. They have changed the names of each as well, the Kit MyAster, Kit MyHook, Kit MyFlow, Kit MyShark, Kit MyRoller, Kit MyStrike all have the new Q71 control boards which include an obstacle detection feature. This means that if something or someone comes into contact with the gate then it will stop and start reversing, a great safety feature on top of photocells. The Kit MyShark also has in-built opening and closing limit stops which means you won’t need physical gate stops in place, you set the travel on the motors. All MyGate Kits are also available in a single form for single gates.

With the MyGate range you will still get all the required parts in the kit, such as the motors, control unit, remotes for operating the gate, an override key for disengaging the motor so you can manually push the gates, safety photocells for installing on either side of the gate and obviously all the instruction manuals you need to install it yourself.

The MyGate range are our best sellers and are aimed at all types of gates for example wooden, metal, gates hinged on small posts, gates hinged on large brick walls and of course we supply above, underground and sliding gate motors depending on your preference.


BFT Gate Parts / Spares for Gate Automation

The BFT brand of automation have many different motors to suit swing gates and sliding gates. We can supply all sorts of replacement spare parts for existing BFT setups such as BFT Control Boards & Receivers, BFT Remote Key Fobs, BFT Swing and Sliding Gate Motors, BFT Photocells.

If you can’t find what you’re after then get in touch with us as we don’t list every single BFT product on our website. You may be looking for a whole kit from BFT which we will be able to get hold of for you.