What is an Automatic Gate
‘What is an automatic gate?’
An automatic gate is a power operated machine that is made up of many parts, all working together, to achieve the desired response required by its owner and or users.
Its reason-for-purchase, or its purpose, can be equally varied and this could be affected by seasonal changes, temporary alterations and changing environments.
It can have many different functions and be fitted to work in lots of alternative ways. It is unique and can look and be constructed using a vast assortments of materials and parts, each from dozens of suppliers all with multiple choices.
It can be reasonably basic in functionality or be vastly complex and interact with other products and services. Private, domestic, multi-user, public, commercial, industrial even military, all have their own specification, regardless of style and often despite size.
Like all machines, every gate system should be safe in use, both manually and under powered operation, not just for users, but also for any likely by-stander, pet or livestock, etc. It needs to be reliable and trouble free, for at least a reasonable life expectancy.
It needs to be maintained and serviced with spare parts suitably assessable and relatively easy to repair if damaged.
‘But what actually is it?’
It is a gate that moves under its own power. It can be controlled in many ways, with many safe guards and different operational logics.
A gate system often has one of three main types of logic, or operational cycles that affect the movement of it, subject to safety device or similar intervention.
- Push or Hold-to-run, requiring the user to operate the gate each direction, by continually activating a command device while the gate moves.
- Semi-Automatic, requiring a single command for the gate to complete travel in a single direction and stop.
- Fully-Automatic, requiring a single command to set the gate off in a full cycle of operation travelling both directions, with a pause between each.
Other special logics are known but not common, including a variable changing logic.
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