Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System

Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System

The last post was about automation for very large gates, using hydraulic rams. But hydraulic rams only work where the gate is hung on posts or close to the edge of a pillar.

So what do you use when yo have large gates that are hung in the centre of concrete pillars? Easy, you use a Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System. That's the thing about us, we have the answer to all your gate automation problems!

Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System

When you have very large gates that are mounted toward the centre of the pillar, the Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System is the answer.

This system is similar to the articulated arm system that I talked about in a previous post, only this one is on steroids. The Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System can reach up to 500mm in from the back of the pillar face - to reach the gate. (However, we have also custom built systems that have reached almost 1m also - so anything is possible.)

The Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System

This helps explain how the Hydraulic Articulated Arm Gate Automation System moves to open the gate

The gate in the picture is one half of a pair, each weighing over 900kgs and each leaf is 3m long. The gates were hung at 450mm from the back face of the pillar. This meant that they were too heavy for an electro-mechanical system and too far in for hydraulic rams to operate. We had first installed a heavy duty underground system, but in the winter there was a problem. These gates are located 100m from the shoreline in Warrenpoint, Co. Down. Facing onto the Irish sea, the wind in the winter, blowing on to the gates was preventing them from closing fully. The underground system couldn't produce enough force to reliably close the gates in gale force winds.

Large apartment gates with hydraulic articulated arm gate automation system

These apartment complex gates have been fitted with a hydraulic articulated arm gate automation system

The hydraulic articulated arm gate automation system has the benefit of having increased leverage on the gate. this means that it is reliably closing the gates into the wind regardless of the weather conditions. The hydraulic systems are capable of operating continuously, so it is ideally suited for high traffic installations such as apartment car parks. the hydraulic system is large and robust, but because the hydraulic pump and motor is located behind the pillar - it does not take away from the appearance of the gates. It is a very neat system when installed.

The hydraulic articulated arm gate automation system is very reliable. Reliability is crucial when there are 50 plus cars using the gate at peak rush hours. The arms are very robust, so it can withstand the typical abuse that gates tend to be subjected to at apartment complexes. However, they are not ram raid proof. We have a different type of system that's suited where vandalism is a problem.

The hydraulic articulated arm gate automation system, like it's little cousin, is a very safe system to use. There are no pinch points along the arms, so no-where for fingers to become trapped.

Like all our other gate automation systems, there is an easy to use manual release system, that allows the gates to be opened or closed by hand if necessary.

So, in summary, if your gates are very large, hung towards the centre of the pillars, if your gates are subjected to a lot of wind, or if it is a high traffic location - the hydraulic articulated arm gate automation system probably should be considered.