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Gate automation is like any other business. The ideal situation means you buy cheaply and sell for maximum profit. There are lots of wholesalers and a wide range of manufacturers in this industry. So who do you use for your kits, parts and accessories? While you have to make a living, there’s a lot to be said for buying from a supplier that provides maximum value rather than simply the cheapest kit.
Value might come in the shape of free technical advice or flexible payment terms or a high level of service and supply. Do you buy from Amazon because it’s a great price or because they have an incredibly wide range of products delivered incredibly quickly at great prices and with wonderful customer service if something goes wrong?
At Linkcare, we’re loyal to our customers and reward trade with discounts across all our ranges. However, you have to be logged in to our site in order to see your appropriate discount. We don’t want the general public to see what prices you can buy gate automation kits etc at because that means they can see what profit you are making and that can only be bad for business.
The public doesn’t always understand why you have the ability to buy at trade discounts and can complain if they know what you are making. This is why we keep your pricing private and only available to you. We can also often price match if you’ve found a genuine cheaper price somewhere else because we have great buying power with the main manufacturers supplying the UK gate automation industry.
Next time you are on www.linkcare.net looking for a gate automation kit or part, remember that the price you see is for the public unless you are logged in. That way, you can see how much you can really save.
To save on all your gate automation and access control kits, parts, spares and accessories, click to apply for a Linkcare trade account.
If you already have an account but don’t have your access details to log in and see your trade discounted pricing, email email@example.com
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year celebrations and that you are all now enjoying a fruitful start to 2013.
We’re planning on passing on lots of practical safety related information this year to help ensure our industry is as accident free as possible. This has come about following a visit to an existing (not new) sliding gate installation by the HSE. We were able to get involved with the case after the HSE was called in and the gate was deactivated and locked open. The installer is a long-standing professional with many years experience and the issues cited for the HSE’s action were not expected by him.
This highlighted for us just how easy it can be to install what is thought to be a safe gate but actually turns out not to meet all the requirements laid out in the masses of guidance and legislation that exists today.
There has to be a simpler way so we’ve started to look at gate installation from the side of the installer when you’re on site. Safety audits already exist but everything looks so complicated so how can we simplify it all? We’d be very interested to hear from anyone with any comments, thoughts or requests relating to this issue.
In the meantime, here are a few more details about the gate mentioned above.
- It was a sliding gate at the entrance to a residential gated community so appearance was important
- The gate was operated by a 24Vdc motor with obstacle detection
- The gate was manufactured by the installer and was free from sharp edges, burs, etc
- The vertical bars were under the required distance apart.
The issue raised by the HSE concerned where the sliding gate passed over the metal fence railings as it opened or closed. The installer was convinced that obstacle detection would prevent any injury to anyone stupid enough to pass a limb through the railing and get caught between the moving gate and the static fence resulting in a shearing accident.
For even greater safety on commercial gates, this installer always advises that mesh is included on either the gate or the fence in the cross-over danger area. However, there was an issue with the aesthetic of these gates because they were at the entrance of a a gated residential community.
The HSE’s ruling was that obstacle detection is NOT enough and could fail in such a way that the gate does not stop when an obstacle is detected, so an additional level of safety IS required.
One option available to the installer to make this gate safe would have included preventing any access to the danger area where the gate and fence overlap during opening and closing. This is the best form of safety – exclusion from the danger zone.
The next best would have been to physically reduce the danger by installing mesh on the gate or the railings in the overlap zone, but still allow full access to the area.
Finally, electronic safety devices such as 24V motors with obstacle detection, safety edges, photocells etc provide safety at a level that can be avoided, can fail to unsafe or can be tampered with.
When assessing the degree of potential danger, this third level of safety is often considered to be inadequate without the inclusion of additional safety precautions.
These precautions only relate to the one safety issue covered here. All other danger areas, such as the gate’s edges approaching pillars or the leading edge of the gate on opening and closing, have to be considered individually with the same approach.
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Do you know the difference between a reversible (‘non-locking’) gate motor and an irreversible (‘locking’) gate motor?
The first allows an automatic gate to be pushed open or closed by hand in the event of an emergency when there is no power. The second usually features some physical mechanism to prevent this from happening. This could be a hydraulic non-return valve or the way the motor and gears are connected. However, it is possible with enough effort, to force a ‘locking’ gate motor but you will break something in the process.
Most manufacturers will recommend additional locking for any leaf of 2.5m or longer. This is to protect the mechanism and not the entrance. This is why you will often find ‘locking’ and ‘non-locking’ versions of the same motor specified for different length leaves.
You must understand that the leverage that even a small child can exert on a long leaf is immense. As the mathematician Archimedes is said to have commented on the lever, ‘Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.’
I have seen with my own eyes the 10mm thick steel brackets holding a motor on a 4m five-bar gate (which did not have a lock to hold it shut) being bent by a 9 year old pushing at the opening end.
So if reversible gate motors and even ‘locking’ gate motors do not lock a gate shut, what’s the point of having them? Where is the security they’re supposed to offer? Where is the resistance to winds, falling objects or children pushing against them?
The answer is simple and not expensive. It’s also the recommended additional security for any gate over 2.5m in length. It is a simple mag lock.
Traditionally, reversible motors have been used for applications that include a requirement for opening in the event of a fire without power. In this situation, if the power fails, a mag lock will release and the gates can be pushed open. This design has been superseded by the advent of 24V systems which can be backed up easily by batteries and allow a gate to be powered open in the event of a fire.
Mag locks are generally simple to fit and allow for a certain amount of play in a gate. It is enough that the lock and plate meet face to face for it to hold the gate locked, although you must remember that if the power to the lock fails it will release.
So don’t be fooled by the promise of ‘locking’ gate motors – they don’t exist. If you want to provide your customers with genuinely locking gates that lock shut at the end of their closing cycle and are released when their opening cycle starts, simply fit a mag lock.Posted in Latest News Tagged gate automation, gate lock, gate motor, gate safety |
Over the years the subject of automatic sliding gates on slopes has reared its ugly head many times.
This is specifically about automatic gates that open and close on two wheels that run along a track fixed to the ground.
Over 15 years ago, when I started in the business, gate automation manufacturers would tell me that an incline of up to 4% was acceptable for sliding gates. That gives a height change of 4 cm for every meter of track. With a typical 6m track length, that means a total height change of 24cm!
Of course, this was in the days before the tragedies that have illustrated an automatic sliding gate’s effectiveness as a horizontal guillotine. Thankfully, we have obstacle detection that can prevent such tragic loss of life and horrific injury but how does this affect the working requirements of sliding gate motors?
Slider motors are designed to move an automated gate backwards and forwards by getting it moving and stopping it on level ground. They are not built to cope properly with the completely different forces at work when either driving automatic gates up hill or controlling them as they descend. Even without clever electronics, this type of use is likely to lead to rapid problems with mistreated gearboxes if nothing else.
These days, most slider motors are equipped with obstacle detection that is built into the electronics. These motors are definitely confused by the different forces involved when operating a slider on a slope, so there are likely to difficulties in even setting them up in the first place.
For the last few years I have not found a gate automation manufacturer who will recommend their equipment for use with gates on a slope of any kind. Even with safety edges it would probably be impossible to guarantee that such an installation meets today’s requirements for gate automation safety.
If you have a slope, and need the benefits of a slider, the best answer is to either level the ground or use a cantilever gate.Latest News Tagged automatic gate on slope, gate automation, gate safety |
Automating a gate changes it from normally open to normally closed.
In the UK, there is a culture, often amongst the more mature, suggesting that automatic gates indicate that you’re lazy. As a result, gates are often installed without motors.
For the first few weeks, when the new gate owner comes home, he diligently gets out of his car that he’s parked on the busy road he lives on to open his new gates.
Eventually, the dangers of this exercise, a desire to stay dry when it’s raining and warm when it’s cold, plus general boredom with the whole thing mean that the gates get left open.
One day, the family leaves for their holiday with the intention of closing the gates while they’re away. So, with the car full of luggage and kids, our manual gate owner tries to close his seized gates. After a great deal of struggling, he eventually gets them shut only to realize that they’re never shut, so burglars are bound to know he’s gone on holiday.
If you automate gates, they are normally closed and give you added security. They open when you come in or go out, and they close behind you when you’ve gone.
Automatically.Posted in Latest News Tagged gate automation, gate safety |
Linkcare is more than just the UK’s leading independent supplier of electric gate automation kits and parts, we also regularly help our trade installer customers with training and expert product and safety advice.
Right now, anyone with a Linkcare Gate Automation trade account could win £100 worth of free kit from our store in our Winter promotion. So, if you don’t have a Linkcare trade account, open one today for your chance to win.
All you have to do to qualify for our prize draw is to have a Linkcare Trade Account and to spend £500 online between 14th of February and 31st of March*. One of our customers will then be drawn at random to win £100 to spend on whatever equipment they want from the Linkcare Gate Automation online shop.
If you don’t already have an account with us, sign up now. You’ve nothing to lose and you’ll qualify for our trade discounts which vary from supplier to supplier but could be as high as 40% from day one.
There’s no cost for having a Linkcare Trade Account and lots to gain. But it can take us up to 48 hours to process accounts so sign up here now so you don’t have to wait to qualify for your chance to win £100 worth of free kit from Linkcar Gate Automation.Latest News Tagged gate automation |
Mobile phones – they have become an essential and constant necessity for many in today’s fast paced and unrelenting world. Giving you quick and convenient access to communicate with your loved ones, it’s not surprising that people have come to rely on them. To keep up-to-date with the latest technology, new and exciting products are being produced, including the new and exclusive GSM access system for automatic electric gates.
As a modern and cutting-edge company, the team here at LinkCare Gate Automation like to keep our finger on the pulse of new developments within the industry, and subsequently, we stock the latest technology which offers a complete lifestyle change. We firmly believe that technology can be used to enhance your standard of living, especially the GSM access systems.
About the GSM System
As a mobile phone user, you may have already heard of GSM which stands for Global System for Mobile Communication. It is a wireless network used by mobile phones to transfer packets of data.
So, what exactly is the GSM access system? It’s a brand new entry system, allowing you to control who enters your premises at all times – from anywhere in the world. Upon installation the system requires a SIM card, and it is this SIM card which allows you to control who enters your property via your mobile phone.
Upon pressing a button on the external outdoor unit, the GSM system will phone your mobile. Once you receive the call you can talk to the person to verify their identity, and then upon recognition you can allow them entry via a touch of a button on your mobile. You don’t even need to be inside the property at this time, as this technology allows you to grant access from wherever you may be.
If you would like further information regarding this new entry system for Automatic electric gates, then the professional and friendly team here at LinkCare Gate Automation are on hand to help. With our experience and expertise, we are capable of addressing any queries or concerns which you may have. Call us today on 01895232626.Posted in Latest News Tagged electric gates, gate automation, gsm, mobile phone |
There are many reasons why homeowners up and down the country are investing in automatic electric gates for their homes, and you are about to find out why from the experts. Here at LinkCare Gate Automation we have an abundance of industry accumulated knowledge surrounding automated gates, which enables us to offer our customers a great insight into the benefits they could be reaping if they decided to invest in an electric gate kit.
Understandably, as a consumer you want to know all the facts before purchasing, which is why we have decided to outline five of the most popular reasons our customers opt for automatic electric gates.
When it’s pouring down with rain, the last thing you want to do when you come home from a hard day of work is to jump out of the car and manually open the gate to your property. One way to prevent this scenario from occurring is with an electric gate kit from us at LinkCare Gate Automation, which also leaves you safe in the knowledge that your gate will always be securely closed. Moreover you have the added the convenience of being able to open your gates for friends and family, from the comfort of your home.
Every parent will share our concern of safety. As a parent, your worst nightmare is for your child running out into the middle of a road, but one way to stop this from happening is with a reliable automatic electric gate.
Security is a major worry for many homeowners. One way to improve the security of your property is with an electric gate, as it offers a physical barrier to deter unwanted guests, and gives you control over who enters your property.
Much like finding a great pair of shoes or fantastic hat, accessorising your home with an automatic electric gate can add style and sophistication to the front of your property. If you have an existing gate, then it undoubtedly fits well with the style and aesthetics of your property. If this is the case, then you needn’t worry about an automated gate ruining its appearance, as our gate kits can be fitted to your existing gate for a subtle finish.
5. Increased Property Value
With all these advantages it is not surprising to learn that the value of your property will be increased. This is great news for those who do not intend to stay in their current home, as you can still have all the previously mentioned benefits, with the additional one of increasing the value of your property.
Automatic electric gates offer homeowners numerous advantages. If you would like further information on the various gate kits and accessories which we stock, please do not hesitate to contact the specialist team at LinkCare Gate Automation. We are always happy to help our customers, and if you do not find the information you want on our website then feel free to phone us directly on 01895232626.Posted in Latest News Tagged electric gates, gate automation, gate motor, gate safety |
Climate change, whether you agree with it or not, has made us think about the environment. Yet being kind to the environment does not mean you have to completely change how you live your life. In fact, with the robust advancements being made in technology, you are able to live a eco-friendly and convenient lifestyle with all the essential amenities, without the need to alter your lifestyle. One home comfort which may be considered a luxury are solar powered automatic electric gates available via us here at LinkCare Gate Automation.
Technology has advanced tremendously meaning it’s now possible for homeowners to have an automated gate which is completely powered by solar energy, such as our Nice SOLEMYO system. The main advantage of this particular system is that all you need is a little sunshine. Regardless of whether you have a long driveway, or you live in an isolated and rural setting – you can still benefit from our SOLEMYO system, because it’s powered via solar energy. This means there is no need for a mains power source to power the gate automation system.
At Linkcare Gate Automation we appreciate that you may be sceptical about investing in our solar powered electric gates. Yet, we believe it’s worth remembering that solar power has become a very reliable source of renewable energy, even within the UK.
The SOLEMYO system works by using the power of the sun to continuously charge the a battery that will keep your gate system running day and night, come rain or shine. Which enables you to be environmentally friendly whilst saving on your running costs and benefitting from the convenience of automatic electric gates.
If you’d like further information about how the SOLEMYO system works or you’d like guidance on the best solar powered electric gates for your family’s needs and requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact our team here at LinkCare Gate Automation, by calling 01895232626.Posted in Latest News Tagged electric gates, gate automation, Nice Solemyo, solar power |
Finding the best automation for electric gates can be a difficult task; especially if you’re not sure on which system would be best for your needs and requirements. Fortunately, our professional and honest team here at LinkCare Gate Automation are able to offer you impartial advice, based on our experience within the industry, to ensure that you get the best electric gate kit for your home.
Some of the automation systems we have available include:
RAM gate motor systems are amongst the most economic automation type. Although not the most attractive of systems RAMs are extremely robust, holding the gate well without putting undue stress on the motor or the gate itself and are suitable for electric gates of nearly all sizes and weights.
For those looking for an automated system which promises to remain aesthetically pleasing once installed, then the underground system available via us here at LinkCare Gate Automation could be the ideal solution.
Underground gate motor System:
An Underground system is one of the most popular methods of automation in the UK. Housed almost entirely underground they do not interfere with the aesthetics of your automatic electric gate. However, underground systems are not the most practical way to automate a gate as the underground motors can be prone to water-logging and the manner in which the motor moves the gate can put great stress on both the gate and automation. By far the best solution for discrete automation would be the Erreka Magic system, fitted inside the pinions of the gate it is completely hidden from view.
Another fantastic and innovative system to recently reach the UK is the Wheel System.
Wheel Gate Automation System:
This is by far one of the most practical, fastest and safest types of gate automation, whilst also being easy to install. It is one of the only systems able to cope easily with gates installed on slopes and handles gravelled or chipped driveways with ease.
When you’re looking for a way to turn your current commercial or domestic gate into automatic electric gates, one of these systems will be the ideal choice. If you’d like more information surrounding the range of gate automation kits available, contact us via 01895232626.Posted in Latest News Tagged electric gates, gate automation, Ram gate motors, swing gates, Underground gate motors, Wheel gate automation systems, Wheel gate motors |
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