Security gates are used to control access into a specified area. They are commonly used at the entrance of a facility and typically control vehicular access on and off of the site. Security gates can also be used within a facility. For example, inside a parking garage to separate employee parking areas from public areas of the garage.
The slide gate is an automatic gate that is most commonly used in light-duty commercial applications.
A slide gate slides horizontally back and forth across the gate opening. Rollers are used on the bottom of the slide gate to support it and usually ride along a metal track that has been installed along the ground across the gate opening.
Unlike a slide gate, a cantilever gate is supported from rails that run along the inside of the fence. Cantilever gates use a “counterbalance” system that usually requires at least 1/2 the width of the gate opening therefore it needs a wider area than slide gates to counterbalance the weight that is being shifted. Since these gates don’t use rollers that provide friction, they are very reliable and commonly used for heavy-duty and industrial gate applications.
Swing gates use a hinged side to swing open and closed like a door. When swing gates operate there is a 90 degree arc between their open and closed positions. Swing gates can swing in or out and consist of a single leaf or double leaf. Because of this large arc, space must be made available for vehicles to remain in the clear while the gate is in motion.
Vertical pivot lift gates rotate up and down in front of the gate opening as if on a hinge. In addition, they also use springs to serve as a counterweight. Since this type of gate is supported entirely from the gate operator itself, it does not require any additional structures for support.
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