Steel Slide Gates: Uses and Automation

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Steel slide gates are in use at residential, commercial, industrial and government locations.

There are several different types of steel slide gates from tracked (both overhead and in pavement), roll gates (both hard rubber and balloon tires) and cantilever slides. The type of slide gate used depends on the available space for the gate, volume of use, security requirements, type of surface at the gate opening and the project budget.

Steel slide gates provide strong, secure reliable and cost effective solutions to of a location whether in manual or automatic mode. 

Steel is more forgiving to the incidental bumps from vehicle traffic than other materials resulting in fewer and less costly gate repairs. Slide gates enable a large gate to be easily opened or closed even in the manual mode.                

Steel gates do not experience the sagging problems incurred by swing gates and do not require larger post sizes as the gate leaf increases. It is quite common to have single slide gates covering an opening of 30 feet and still use the same post size as much smaller openings. Existing manual slide gates can easily retrofitted to an automatic application at less cost than a single or double swing when a single slide gate is the object of the retrofit.

automatic steel slide gate automated access entry gate

The drawbacks to steel slide gates. The gates are heavy and weight is the enemy of rollers, tracks, wheels and operators. The higher the volume of traffic through the access road the greater the strain on the gate system. Much of this can be eliminated with proper and routine maintenance of the slide gate and rollers. Polyurethane gate rollers also save wear and tear on the gates and ease the operation of the gate considerably.

The most popular slide gate in today’s market is the cantilever slide gate. This popularity will remain the case until gates that provide the strength of steel, the lighter weight of aluminum and the resulting freedom of maintenance that it provides is available at a reasonable cost.

 

Topics: Military Fence, Government Fence, Commercial Fence, Steel Slide Gates

Options for Commercial Access Gates and Fence Solutions

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jul 03, 2014

A Professional Fence Company should have a variety options for Commercial Gate applications. The gate systems are designed to restrict unwanted entry and ensure the protection of assets and employees. Gate systems are designed to work efficiently with repeated mechanical use in any setting. Hurricane Fence Company offers the latest in Commercial Gate System trends and technology in a plethora of scales and styles. These maneuverable fence barriers can be engineered to meet the needs of everything from small Residential Secured Access to the most complex structural demands.

The following are a few examples of routinely offered Commercial Gate Systems.  

Swing Arm Gates

swing arm gate

Swing Arms are motorized barriers that raise a steel or aluminum arm from a horizontal position to a vertical position. They give you the ability to control pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic on roadways up to 38'. These gates can have an assortment of automatic controls, such as card readers, vehicle detectors/counters, reversing logic, which causes the arm to re-open should it strike an object, and anti tailgating devices, which keep multiple vehicles from pulling through on a single cycle. A switch in a security office can also be set up to control these gates.

Many Fence Contractors also offer High Speed Swing Arm Gates that will open in less than two seconds, using either 8 or 12' arms. Heavy duty gates, with arms up to 24', are also available if gate specifications require them.

Slide Gates   

sliding gate 

Sliding Gates are often the best solution for commercial premises with busy access points. You must have room set aside for the gate in the open position. Installers can customize slide gates to accommodate a wide range of commercial applications. Many different styles of slide gates are available of which the most common is a two-rail slide gate.

There are three rail slide gates that will allow the use of almost any material you wish to face the gate. For this the commonly used materials are plastic, wood, or metal. A well set up fence supplier can also custom fabricate a slide gate to match a wide range of already existing gate styles. 

Cantilever Gates

cantaliever gate cantaliever gate

Automation of a cantilever slide gate involves the addition of a slide gate operator that can be pad or post mounted. This provides a means to open or close the gate and the addition of safety devices such as safety loops, gate edges or photo eyes. Gate operators can be added to existing gates as well as new ones and integrated into any existing access control system.

The gate itself does not touch the ground and is supported by rollers, which are attached to two large side posts.

The gate will have a tail that is used to support itself when it is in the open position. One thing to keep in mind when considering the installation of a cantilever gate is that you must have adequate overhead clearance to ensure that the gate can open fully.

Cantilever Gate Systems can be constructed with nearly any fencing material, but the distance of the opening will play an important role in determining which type of materials you can use when constructing your Commercial Gate. Lighter fabrication materials should be considered when spanning wide opening, which will make the overall weight of the gate lighter.   

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Why Buy An Aluminum Cantilever Slide Gate?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Mon, Mar 14, 2011

Cantilever slide gates eliminate the requirement for ground tracks or overhead support rails. Cantilever construction allows for overhanging structures without external bracing.  These gates have framework that is fixed at one end and is free at the other as seen in the image below. These sliding gates provide a fast, reliable and efficient method of operating a gate for vehicle access. These gates can be made of steel, chain link or aluminum materials. They are durable, safe and can be manually or system operated with ease.

Aluminum Cantilever Slide Gates

Aluminum cantilever slide gates offer certain advantages over steel cantilever slide gates. Aluminum gates are lighter than steel cantilever gates and operate on fixed top or bottom track truck assemblies. Larger gate sizes can be accommodated at much less weight and that weight can be distributed over two or more truck assemblies. Less weight means larger gates can be operated manually or automated with less powerful gate operators, which results in lower cost for installation and operation.

Lighter weight and the aluminum finish add to the physical and operational life of the gate. Gate rollers do not offer the smooth operation of truck assemblies and rollers can require monthly maintenance depending on size and type of roller. There are a few disadvantages of steel versus aluminum as steel can take more abuse than aluminum and you don’t have track damage issues if a vehicle hits the gate. Steel cantilever gates are initially less expensive than aluminum cantilever gates.

Aluminum cantilever gates, because of the weight and weight distribution advantage can cover large gate openings with relative ease of operation both manually and automated. Aluminum cantilever gates are recommended for high volume continuous duty operation. Aluminum cantilever gates may just be your best investment depending on gate size, mode of operation and traffic volume. Aluminum cantilever gates are available in chain link and ornamental styles.

Automation of a cantilever slide gate involves the addition of a slide gate operator that can be pad or post mounted, a means to open or close the gate and the addition of safety devices such as safety loops, gate edges or photo eyes. Gate operators can be added to existing gates as well as new ones and integrated into any existing access control system. The number and type of safety devices required for gate automation is determined by the class of gate (i.e. 1,2,3 or 4) and if UL325 is required for that installation.

chainlink gate                                                          Simple Chainlink Cantilever Gate.

Topics: Gates, Steel Slide Gates, Aluminum Fence

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