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Archive for June, 2014

GoingGreen1Going green is a concept that is expanding to many previously unheard of areas of energy conservation. One of the most interesting ways people are using renewable energy is through connecting solar panels to electronic gate openers. The concept might seem futuristic, but it really is part of the here and now. The science of harnessing solar energy for a variety of purposes has been perfected. Reliable gate opening devices powered by the sun is a perfect example of this.

Solar Power and Sliding Gates

Upon flicking a switch, a sliding gate opens. This is the most basic explanation of how you open a sliding gate. Of course, the motor that opens the gate has to be powered by electricity. The source of the electricity does not have to come from fossil fuels such as coal or oil. The rays of the sun can be most effectively utilized as a power source.

GoingGreen2The solar panels connected to the gate system operate in the same manner solar panels on a home would. The panels capture sunlight, convert it to electricity, and then store the electricity in a battery . The battery then becomes the direct source of power to the sliding gate by way of a mechanized gate operator.

The Reliability of this Type of System is Unquestionable

Advancements in technology have greatly boosted the ability to effectively harness solar power no matter what your geographic environment may be. No matter where the property is located, if it can get an inkling of sunlight, the sliding gate can be powered.

Hybrid Systems: Protection Against Power Failure

Those who might not be sure if they want a fully powered solar gate might wish to looking into hybrid options that are available. These gates run on traditional AC power, but also have a solar backup that is fueled by the aforementioned panels. Over time, the solar batteries are charged by the connected panels and they are ready to go if the power lines fail. Terrible weather conditions, wiring malfunctions, or blackout could cut off the AC or DC power necessary to open the gates. Since there is a solar power backup in place, the loss of AC or DC power has no real bearing on the ability to open or close the portal.

There are also inverse version of the previously described backup system. That is to say, the primary power source is solar energy and then a fully charged battery acts as the backup supply.

No matter what system you select, you can feel confident your solar gate system is not going to let you down.

For more information about solar panel operating gate systems, contact Vortex Doors or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

Category: Solar Panel Operating Gate System

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ClosingUpShop_HorizontalSlidingGate2After a long day of running your business, you may feel more than a little satisfied and thankful to all the visitors who were nice enough to patronize your establishment. Now, the time has come to leave the store or other establishment until the next time the doors are to open. When they are closed though, you absolutely want them to remain closed. Investing in a horizontal gate just might be something you may wish to do because such a barrier can definitely keep those who are not allowed access to stay out. The time to be inviting is during business hours.

Outside of established business hours, you have to keep people out. A solid, reliable horizontal gate is going to do quite well as a means of establishing a demarcation line to keep people out of the property when no one is to be there.

These sliding gates are certainly impressive looking. They draw their impressive nature from their ability to completely keep people off the premises. Procuring entry when one of these gates stands in your way is going to be extremely difficult. Installing one of these gates is not just for visual effect. No store or other commercial enterprise is going to invest sums of capital into a gate solely because it looks ominous. Rather, the gate is intended to serve a critically important purpose. The gate aids in keeping liabilities low.

Anyone who breaches entry to your property places you and your business at a great liability risk. Standard gates might not be enough to keep trespassers out. As such, the best way to secure your property is to have a high end gate installed.

Trespassers are not even the worst of your worries. Burglars, vandals, and other criminals might have their sights on the business. Keeping them out is not easy when they truly do want to breach entry. Through installing the right gate, life becomes a lot more difficult for those ClosingUpShop_HorizontalSlidingGatewith ill intentions. In fact, they might choose to go elsewhere since the gate creates far too great of an obstacle to overcome.

The costs of horizontal sliding gates can be quite reasonable and installation can be done relatively quickly. For these reasons and more, looking into purchasing such a gate might be a good move for anyone who wants to keep their store secure.

For more information about horizontal sliding gates, contact Vortex Doors or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

Category: Horizontal Gate

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