An electric gate is an entrance gate which can be opened and closed via an electric powered mechanism.
The most popular electric gates for residential properties are swing gates, but these are not the only option available
Articulated gate openers can be used for gates with wide posts allowing opening in small spaces. An easy system for DIY installers as they are simple to install but not as aesthetically pleasing as other motor designs. If space is an issue or the driveway behind the gates is on a steep incline, a better option would be a sliding gate. Sliding gates are also very popular in a commercial environment. Sliding gates are also used for cantillever gate systems.
The first commercial electric gate systems were hydraulic and designed for reliability and ease of use. The cost of the hydraulic systems however meant that other companies started producing more affordable electromechanical alternatives. Hydraulic motors are the preferred choice on large and heavy gates as they can generate high levels of torque, electromechanical systems designed for lower usage domestic installations because they can be produced more cost effectively. A number of larger manufacturers now produce both hydraulic and electromechanical systems providing unbiased choice for customers.
The backbone of any electric gate, whether automatic or not, is the electric gate motor. This is the electric device which actually enables the electric gate to open and close without having to manually push the gate. All types of electric gates and barriers make use of a motor of some kind.
Centurion Systems is a South African manufacturer and developer of award-winning gate motors and other access control systems. Their products include gate motors, traffic barriers, remote controls, garage door operators, GSM solutions and intercom systems and are developed in South Africa in accordance with the ISO9001-2008 quality assurance system.