Believe it or not, there is a certain degree of geometry as well as basic algebra involved when automating your home. Intimidating as this may seem, all that is needed is to keep a few elementary numbers close at hand and you should have an installation worthy of Pythagoras (if he had been an installer of gate automation equipment, and not a mathematician). In this blog post – our fifteenth for 2012! – we will be looking at a few distances and measurements to keep in mind when performing your installation.
· When installing a sliding gate motor, mount the origin magnet 500mm away from the sensor in the closing direction
· The distance between the magnet and the sensor should be no more than 20mm
· When preparing to install a roller-door operator (RDO), first ensure that the springs are balanced by opening the door halfway. The door should not move of its own volition for more than 20mm in either direction
· Install ground loops 30mm to 50mm beneath the road surface
· Loops should typically have 20 turns per metre and there should be a minimum distance of 1 metre between opposite sides
· Mount external receivers as high up as possible for maximum range
· The maximum number of daily operations is 150 for the D5-Evo and 750 for the D10
· The D5-Evo can handle loads weighing up to 500kg while the D10 can effortlessly move a gate weighing up to a ton. Lighter gates can be automated with the D2Turbo (250kg with a top speed of 24 metres per minute) or the super-fast D10Turbo (240kg with a top speed of 50 metres per minute)
We hope this post has been helpful – please feel free to leave comments and suggestions in the comments section!