Gate Operators

Gate Operators in Houston, TX

A gate operator is a mechanical device used to open and close a gate, such as one at the end of a driveway. There are two main types of electric gate openers – hydraulic or electromechanical; these can be further split into the following categories, worm (or screw) driven, arm openers and underground openers. Automatic and Electric Gate operators are designed for both swinging and sliding gates. They can be programmed to open and close with a wireless transmitter or a manual device. Low Voltage Automatic Gate openers can also be fitted with solar panels to ensure function during loss of electricity or blackouts.

The benefits of the Fence Geeks installing your next gate operator is that we have a Service and Repair team that specializes in Gate Operators and Access Controls.

UL 325 - 6th Edition 2016

Automated gate installers must comply with UL 325-2016, which requires external Monitored Entrapment Protection Sensors - effective for gate operators manufactured after January 11, 2016

Ready yourself for these changes

  • Most gate operators won’t automatically cycle unless you have installed at least one and typically two monitored entrapment protection sensors (photo eye and/or edge sensor).
  • You must install sensors to protect against entrapment in both directions of gate travel.
  • The requirement for external monitored entrapment protection sensors extends to slide, swing, vertical lift and vertical pivot gate operators. Barrier arm operators are exempt when an arm does not move within 16” of a rigid object.
  • The photo eyes or edge sensors you choose must have been tested and approved for use with the specific gate operator you install. Sensors proven acceptable will be described in the installation manual.
  • UL 325 sets MINIMUM standard of safety. You must also verify that the gate site complies with ASTM F2200. Survey site, usage, gate type and other conditions. Design and install appropriate monitored entrapment protection sensors that address specific site needs.

Know how to comply

  • Gate operator manufacturers chose one of three compliance methodologies:
        -  Normally Closed Photo Eye and Edge Sensor
        -  Pulse/Frequency detection - other manufacturers
        -  Resistance detection  - other manufacturers
  • Protect against entrapment in both directions of gate travel.
  • At a minimum, installers must wire at least one, and typically two, external, monitored entrapment protection sensors for the gate operator to cycle automatically in both directions of travel.
  • The number and placement of external sensors is dependent on site conditions and gate type and may be greater than the minimum.
  • A list of tested and approved external entrapment protection sensors is published by the gate operator manufacturer.
  • Refer to gate operator manufacturer installation instructions for installation details.

Transition to UL 325-2016 - The Fence Geeks Way

  • We’ve always provided monitored operation as an option - now it’s the pre-programmed default
  • Gate operator automatically “monitors” photo eyes or gate edges for proper connection and correct operation

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