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Gate Automation Supplies is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of the Genius range of swing and sliding gate automation kits, motors and parts.
We know the Genius range very well and regularly provide advice on the best Genius kit for the job, technical support and troubleshooting advice. If you need any help, our phone number is 03300 883 890 and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can buy Genius swing gate kits and motors plus kits and motors for sliding gate automation here in our online store. We sell 24Vdc and 230Vac gate automation systems and individual Genius motors for residential and commercial installations.
We’ve broken down Genius range into swing gate motors and sliding gate motors and given a brief description of each of their benefits and ideal applications below.
Genius Underground Swing Gate Motors
Gate automation using underground gate motors gives a discrete and clean look that is much-loved by homeowners in the UK. As the motors are installed in foundation boxes below the surface at the bottom hinge of each gate, only the box lid and the motor arm that is attached to the bottom of the gate are visible.
There are downsides with this type of installation, however. These include the need to carefully align the motors during installation. If the motor output shaft is not perfectly in the line with the gate’s top hinge, extra stress is placed on the system.
Underground motors can be described as waterproof but are not designed to be submerged for more than a few minutes. This means that any underground gate automation must have sufficient drainage to prevent water from collecting in foundation boxes.
One last thing to consider with Genius underground gate motors is the position of the motor in relation to the power needed to move the gates. As you apply opening and closing force further away from the hinge, you need less and less power to get the gates moving. Move closer to the hinge and you need to apply more force. Underground motors are actually the bottom gate hinge, so they need to be stronger than other types of swing gate motors.
Linear screw motors are efficient, strong swing gate motors. An internally threaded gate mount is screwed onto a threaded shaft inside the motor housing. As the motor turns the threaded shaft, the gate mounting point moves along its length. As it moves away from the gate motor it pushes the gate closed. Reversing the rotation of the motor and threaded shaft winds the gate mounting point the other way and the gate opens.
As long as linear screw motors are carefully aligned when installed to avoid unnecessary stress, they are highly reliable gate motors.
Articulated arm motors from Genius use an electric motor to rotate a two-piece jointed arm. The other end of the arm is connected to the gate. As the motor rotates one way, the arm pulls the gate open. When it is rotated in the opposite direction, the gate is pushed closed.
Articulated arm motors are tolerant of slightly less accurate installation than linear screw motors. They can be used on wide pillars as the length of the arm will allow the motor to be installed further from the plane of the gate.
As articulated arm motors open gates, the two sections of the arm get closer and slowly close the gap between themselves. As this is a potentially a point where someone’s arm could become trapped, owners of articulated arm motors must be made aware of this potential hazard. However, the Genius range of articulated arm motors includes special anti-shearing arms and 24V obstacle detection to avoid this issue.
Genius sliding gate motors are strong reliable and quiet during operation. Everything is housed inside the protective outer casing with just a few teeth of the motor output drive gear visible. This meshes with a toothed rack running the length of the sliding gate. As the motor turns the cog one way, the gate is opened and when the motor reverses, the gate closes. Sliding gates run on wheels along track laid across the driveway. This should be horizontal so that extra strain placed on a motor pushing a gate uphill and slowing it as it runs downhill is avoided.
The full Genius range also includes gate automation accessories such as safety photocells, keypads, and gate remotes, plus spare parts and replacements.
Genius also has a range of car park and vehicle access control barriers and bollards plus systems for garage door automation.
For help or advice choosing the right Genius gate automation equipment and support with installation and repair troubleshooting, call Gate Automation Supplies on 03300 883 890 or email email@example.com.