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How to Increase the Efficiency of Your Automatic Gate

You already know an automatic gate is an excellent addition to your commercial, industrial or construction security fence perimeter. But are you using it to its potential? Try these add-ons and tips to get the most out of your automatic gate.

Keep it lubed

An automatic gate has many moving gears and parts. Over time, dirt and debris can clog the machinery and cause it to slow down or stop working, requiring a gate repair. Lubricating all the parts and joints at least every six months will keep your gate working efficiently and reduce wear and tear. Add some lubricant to the chain, hinges, pulleys and screws to keep everything working smoothly.

Add a backup battery

If there’s a power outage, your automatic gate won’t work, leading to costly downtime. Adding a backup battery to the kit during your fence installation will ensure your automatic gate continues to work when the power goes out. A fully charged battery has enough energy to open and close the gate a few dozen times, potentially enough to keep things moving until the electricity starts flowing again.

Upgrade the antennae

Factory-installed automatic gate antennae typically have a range of between 30 and 45 metres. But you’re not limited to that. Upgrade your system with a high-gain antenna (HGA) that’ll give you more flexibility and freedom to control your gate. An HGA can often double the range from which you can remotely open and close your gate, which is a significant advantage for large worksites.

Go for high speed

Consider upgrading to a high-speed motor if you have a wide gate that takes a long time to open and close. A high-speed motor significantly reduces the time it takes for the gate to open and close, improving efficiency and reducing the risk of someone breaching your perimeter while it’s open.

Take control

Today’s technology gives users more freedom and control than ever before. Using an app on your smartphone, you can control your gate settings from anywhere, set automatic timers and get notifications if there are any breaches or faults in the system.

Automatic security gates and fence installation in Toronto

At City Fence Inc., we carry a wide selection of security gates, including swing, sliding and cantilever gates, or we can customize a solution specific to your needs. Check out our gallery to see some of the security gates we’ve installed in the Greater Toronto Area. We also offer security and construction fence repair services. Contact us today to learn more about our automatic gate systems and request a free estimate.


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