SLIDING GATES, A VERSATILE SOLUTION

sling gate

Sliding gates are an attractive and practical solution when you have to design a house. Although it seems very modern, the sliding gates come since Roman era. Likewise, in Japan this is the traditional system used throughout history. Although it has been used rencetly to vehicles access, now it´s so setting up.

Let´s go to review the features and adventages of this kind of gates.

OPTIMIZATION

If you have a reduce area or you don´t want that your gate has a lot of space, sliding gate are the perfect system. They are opened with horizontal movement, so it reduces the required area.

MATERIALS

It´s very important and tricky to choose the correct materials. You have to select a hard, resistant and easy maintenance material. You could find gates made by wood, iron, brick, etc. We always suggest the aluminium material.

Aluminium is, thanks to its resistance against bad weather, perfect to outside installations. It doesn´t need a lot of maintenance and it offers a lot of design´s posibilities. But if you even still loving wood, you don´t have to be worried. Today there are sliding gates made in aluminium and with wood imitation finishing. Great!

STRUCTURES

The gate built into the wall is the usual structure to don´t disturb when it´s opened. Sometimes the client´s budget is crucial to choose an automatic or manual gate, but today the prices are so competitive.

USABILITY

Architects usually want to install sliding gates. So, we could find them in communities, comercial and industrial use. They are versatile and perfect to any ambient.

 

When you start to find the perfect gate, there are some elements that you have consider. Let´s go to see them.

SAFETY

Gates have to be robust, safe and resistant. When gates are automatized, they get a plus of safety oposite manuals. To increase your safety, we suggest you to be advised by a specialized company. They inform you about the best option to you.

DESIGN

Sliding gate could be adapted to any design wished. So, you could find since more traditionals, made by horizontal strips, tight vertical bars, plane bars, etc. If you choose aluminium to your gate, you´ll get the design that you love.

USEFUL

Your gate could be made into a useful and soft element at your home. So, we always suggest to automatize it. Contact wih a specialized company to be advised about it.

Powermatic could help you if you have some doubt about sliding gates. Here we are!

PANDEMIC DOESN´T STOP THE R+T 2001 TRADE

pandemia R+T 2021 pandemic

After a year we have been living and surviving a goblal pandemic. We forced a lot of changes and adaptations day by day. Between 22nd and 25th February, from Stuttgart we live R+T 2021, International Shutter, Gates and Sun Protection Trade Fair. Because this situations the organizing committee decided to virtualized the event this year. So, from www.rt-export.digital, all of us could watch at live what it´s happening there.

R+T garthers, these days, 300 exhibitors from 19 countries. A virtual meeting where, thanks a wild conferences and forums program, exhibitors and visitors could interact and create perfect sinergies.  R+T 2021 is  characterized by its international nature, great veriety of products/services and conferences.

INNOVATION AWARDS

First fair day, 22nd February, it celebrates the R+T Innovations Awards. There are 38 candidates and divide them amoung 11 categories. In the morning, the jury watchs each video. At 18:30h will be celebrate the award ceremony. We could watch it in live by R+T Digital platform.

During the 23rd February, it celebrates te Innovation Day. All winners and rest of candidates will show their services/ideas/products in different conferences. All of them could be watched at R+T Digital platform.

FORUMS AND CONFERENCES

24th February we could participate in some specialized forums where experts could exchange ideas, doubts, etc.

Gates: this forum shall show the lastest news abour automatic gates. After that, it will be a discuss round table.

Casas Conectadas: conseguir dirigir y controlar una casa siempre ha sido un reto, que a día de hoy, está en nuestra mano. Desde las 14:30 a las 17h una grupo de expertos participarán en “Vivir, trabajar en un mundo contactado: oportunidades para los oficios”

Connected Houses: to control and manage a house, it has been a challenge, that today it´s in our hands. Since 14:30 until 17h a expert group joins in the forum “Live and work in a connected world: challenges to get it”

R+T Alliance: some national associations will reflect and analyze about the actual situation, the future developments and challenges. From Spain, the APA (Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Puertas) shall participate in it.

Everything  lives these days will be able to everyone in www.rt-export.digital. Look for your moment, but don´t lose it!

SICUR IS HERE AND YOU HAVE TO GO

SICUR 2020

SICUR, Security International Fair, is ready to open its gates. Since next 25th at 28th February, we have a date in IFEMA, Madrid, to discover everything about security, defense, cyber-security, innovation and techno development.

Like top-rated international benchmark, SICUR joins each 2 years associations, proffesionals and users of this sector to exchange projects, future innovations and challenges. This year, SICURS will be composed by 651 exhibitors, and the involvement of 1.344 companies from 81 countries. The perfect meeting to get a comprehensive security.

SICUR will have 4 different areas where, during these working days, we could enjoy with expositions, presentations and debates about challenges, solutions and lastest innovations.

MUNDO HACKER WORLD

With free access and previous registration, we have to visit HACKER WORLD, 27th and 28th February.  It´s going to be a discuss about cyber-security, showing the threats and solutions to fight cyber-risk.

A conferences, debates and studios area where some experts like Ian Khan or Antonio Ramos will be there. In turn, it´s going to be celebrate showrooms about domotic, smartcities, healthcare and mobility.

CYBER

It´s an area in SICUR sponsored by CIPHER. It´s destined to develop networking whre the goal is to offer exlusive designed solutions to security system. There are some of the issues that we´ll find:

  • Datas of National Cyber-security.
  • Main working guide and acts.
  • New regulations applied to security networks and information systems.
  • Data treatment. Check the risk and evalue the tax.

RESILIENCE

In this area, we´ll join the resilience inside of organizations and companies. Understood like the ability to face positively the adverse situacions, the resilience analyzes the abilities and tools that we need to get over the threats.

These days we´ll find: industrial corporations, technologic assistants, training centers, consultant´s office.

START-UPS

It´s a specific area to go-ahead people. In STAR-UPS we could see all proyects and new companies. They could sjow they most innovative ideas. SICUR becomes, to these companies, in a key place to get contacts and meet professionals of this sector.

SMARTDOORS

Automatism and Gates Fair will be celebrate inside SICUR Fair. It will be located at 2nd pavillion, Smartdoor is the best national showroom to discover the last innovations. A space with unique features where we´ll find the commercial challenges of a sector that it´s growing constantly.

These days in Smartdoors, we´ll see the innovations in commercial and industrial gates, automatisms and control systems. It will be showed the domotic systems that create smart spaces where it´s be integrated  the energy manangement, security and communication systems.

Without a doubt, Smartdoors is going to be the perfect place to get commercial relationships. One space where we´ll find all information and we´ll could evaluate the consume and trends of sector.

All this in 4 days that Powermatic doesn´t think to miss it.

ROLLER SHUTTER: 1ST LEVEL OF SECURITY

PERSIANA

Security is a priority element when we talk about comercial stores. Althought they are located at inside or outside areas, to get a good protections without to lose the elegance could be a big challenge.

First of security elements that you have to installed is the closing system. The roller shutter, manual or automatic, is the first level to prevent the illegal access; then the order of our shutter has to be well studied.

MATERIAL

All the rollers shutter have made by great resistance material. So, when we go to find our shutter, we´ll find 2 types:

  • Roller shutters made in steel: very resistance material, the galvanized version avoids the corrosionof material. It doesn´t need maintenance and it could have a long lifetime. It has a quimic reaction to avoid scratching.
  • Roller shutters made in aluminium: wellknown by its lightness, the aluminium is, with iron, the mostlty used material around the world. It has a long lifetime beacause it´s corrosion resistant. It has the same finished in the both sides. Something doesn´t happen in galvanized shutters, that just have one side.

Althought the aluminum and its lightness are wellknown, when we need to offers a hight resistance, we add more to double the thickness and then the weight is increased a lot.

FISISHED

When we know wich material we´ll use, we have to decice the shutter finished. We have to keep options in mind like:

  • Bussiness style.
  • We want t be according the building where we are.
  • We want people look inside when we are closed.

You have these main options:

  • Die-cutting shoutter: you could close the access and at the same time, people could see the inside. It´s used in clothes stores, etc.
  • Blind shutter: it´s a clossing that doesn´t allow to see the inside of store. It´s used in places where the security is the priority.
  • Microperforated shutter: it´s a mix of elegance and security. If you are looking for a shutter that has style and it doesn´t lose resistance, this is your shutter.
  • Imitation-wood shutter: you´ll have all the wood advantages and no disadvantages.
  • Lacquered shutter: it´s the best option to shutter exposed to scraching, and inclement weather, etc. Oven lacquered gives a extra resistance.

OPENING AND CLOSING

We could addapt a lot of opening system in our roller shutter:

  • Fobs: if we install a receiver we´ll get to open the gate with the fob.
  • Proximity device: they are cards or tags that you put close to the reader installed and the shutter starts to open.
  • Tradictional key:  you use a inlay lock to open and close the shutter.
  • Keypad: we could addapt a keypad, then you introduce a correct code and the shutter starts to open.
  • Smarphone: there are different systems by App from your smartpone. You don´t need to be close to the gate to open or close.

TOTAL SECURITY

If you are looking for the total possible security, you have to install a self-locking shutter. This system is only to automatic shutter, not manual. It has a extra security that blocks the shutter when you force a manual mode.

We keep in mind that this shutter needs a complete installation, in other words, if we have an automatic shutter we´ll have to change all the devices, so it´s more expensive.

Powermatic has a range of shutter, you could contact us and our qualified technician are ready to help you.

LIVE IN PEACE IN RAINNING SEASON

Rains and automatic gates

The rains have arrrived to Spain, this year it happened very soon.  According to Mediterranean weather, the raining season is coming. We have to know that Autumn and Winter are the raining season, and we have to be ready to face them in peace.

After last day with DANA episode, we can´t do anything, there is a lot of water that it´s impossible to go out without damages. Beyond this exceptional situations, we coud to face the water without problem.

Powermatic  gives you some tips to help you to avoid that rains become a headache.

CLEANING

You have to clean the automatic gate area to be sure about the good workinfg of it. If we don´t take care of this, dirt and leafs could bock the gate movement and other gate devices. If we don´t clean this area, some drops could damage our gate.

WATER TIGHTNESS

Some electronic devices are exposed to bad weather or they are inside the floor. To check the covers of theses devices are very important.  We couldn´t lose the water tightness of theses devices, they could be damaged. Remember that the sun weakens the covers, then we recommed you to change them.

REVIEW

As we check our vehicle every year, we change the wheels or filters… we need you to chek and review our gate. We recommend to review it each 6 months, at least once per year you should do it. It´s the best way to extend its lifetime.

AFFECTED DEVICES

There are some devices more exposed than others and for that reason we have them a special consideration.

Photocells, that help us to avoid accidents and a gate closes when someone/something is crossing, are affected by rains. A lot of drops on the sensor make that the gate doesn´t close. Clean them and say goodbye to the problems.

Gates are an outside device and it´s exposed 100% to everything. You have to choose a goof material to have a safety gate. We recommend you aluminium even thought it´s more expensive than others.

Water tightless is necessary to protect the engines and also it´s very important if we talk about wiring. Check all the wiring system.

With prevention and good opinion the rain never becomes our enemy

GOLD METAL TO GOOGLE ASSISTANT

Google Assitant

Perphaps, our country is discovering all the functions of the voice assistants, but there are places like USA where these devices are integrated day-to-day.

Para aquellos que no estéis familiarizados con los asistentes de voz, hablamos de un asistente virtual con inteligencia artificial que, a través de conversaciones bidireccionales, permite comunicarse con el dispositivo por voz y éste procesa, interpreta y responde al usuario.

The devices mostly known are: Siri by Apple, Google Assistant by Google, Alexa by Amazon and Cortana by  Microsoft.

These software are integrated in differents hardwares, for example:

  1.  Smart speakers like Amazing Echo, Google Home or Microsoft.
  2. Messages App like M by Facebook Messengers.
  3. Integrated software in systems like Siri, Cortana or Google Allo.
  4. Electrical appliance, vehicles, smart watches, clothes…
GOOGLE ASSISTANT

Today we´re going to talk about Google´s voice assitant, Google Assistant.

There is a fight with the others voice assistants to get the first place on this sector. Google has done a big investment an it gets to be on the top of them:

Time to Answer: Google Assistant offers faster answer than the other assitants.

Background Noise: Google Assistant and Siri work so good with background noises.

Best results: Google gives better results than Alexa. Google uses its onw searcher to give better results. Meanwhile, Amazon assitant looks for around its webs and showed products.

Integration: the integration is a key element. Google Assistant is ready to be used by Android or iOS system, meanwhile Siri only works with iOS system.

Personalized results: Google has a lot of personal data, it doesn´t mean that it hasn´t privacity, when you looking for something. Then, it could give you a personalized results.

Cost/Quality Balance: with a price of 120€, Google speaker isn´t the cheapest device, as Alexa is, but it doesn´t get the 350€ of Apple assistant. It´s a great balance of quality/price.

FUNCTIONS

If we think what could Google Home do for us if we install it at home, we´ll discover that:

– We connect it with the automatic shutters and we could open and close them with our voice.

– We connect it with our automatic garage gates and with our voice we could open and close the home access.

Electric devices could be connected and we could swith on without force.

This is only the begining of a technology with a great future.

EMERGENCY OPENING IN AUTOMATIC GATES

unlock automatic gate

It isn´t an usual situation but sometimes our gates could fail. Sometimes the problem is an electric failure or engine. We have a big problem if this happens and we are inside and couldn´t go out.

If we are in this situation, we need to unblock the gate and open it by manual mode. We´re going to show you how you could unblock all the automatic gates. First of all, you have to be calm and you have to know what kind of gate is yours.

Folding gates unblocking.

Folding gates have a electric lock that it fixes the gate to the frame; it´s to give more security. The engines could have an extra blocker that you could unlock if your turn the key located in the engine. When the blocker is free, you have to take the cover off and turn the key to open the sheets by yourself.

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Roller gates unblocking.

Roller gates use to have a block inside the engine. If you want to unblock just pull the wire that you´ll find into outside box or pull the inside handle. After that you have to open by yourself. Sometime the roller gates is heavy and you need an extra help.

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Sliding gate unblocking.

Sliding gates have a little lock or screw located at the top of engine. This element frees the movement of the sheet.

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Swivelling gate unblocking.

Swivelling gate are easy to unblocking. They have a rope from the lead carrier. You have to pull the rope and the gate will be free to be opened. Sometimes you´ll need an extra aid with short movements at the same time.

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Sectional gates unblocking.

Sectional gates unblocking is the easiest emergency opening. Just you´ll find a rope or handle in the tramition guide to free the engine. If you couldn´t open, maybe it´s a mecanic problem. Then, let to try and contact withe a qualified technician.

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Because life always has a solution!

HOW COULD I SECURE MY AUTOMATIC GATE?

security devices to automatic gates

Don´t forget to think in security when you are talking about automatic gates. It´s easy and confortable to have some automotions at home. If we could raise and put down a big weight, it´s a diary force and damages that we avoid them.

There are some devices to give our gates more security. We´re going to show yoy the most important element to get a very secure automatic gate:

PHOTOCELLS

Essential element that we coulnd´forget to install in our automatic gate. This system detects a obstacle and send a signal to stop or open again the gate. There are two groups:

  • Retro-reflecting photocell: the emitter and receiver are the same element. To get the ultraviolet light go back to emitter, it uses a retro-flecting device like mirrow.
  • Photocell with emitter and receiver: this system has a double device, a emitter located on a side and the receiver on the other side. If the receiver doesn´t receive the sign, it opens the gate.

PARACHUTES

The swivelling gates use this security system to avoid big disasters. Theses gates work with a lateral springs, if one of them is broken, the parachute stops the gate. A similar system is the emergency brake of elevators.

ANTICRUSH SYSTEM

Anticrush sysmte is composed by a rubbers installed at the end of the gate. In case of sliding gate, we install them between the two sheets. They avoid to introduce a hand between the sheets and a direct crush with gate.

ALERTING LIGHT

Turn signal is a way to inform about precaution situation. So, it´s a good idea to install a device with flash lights when the gate starts to open. It´s a way to advice pedestrians to take care becasuse a vehicle is going to exite or enter.

SAFETY EDGES

The sytem  is installed on the frame; the safety edse are very useful when the gate hasn´t got an anticrush system. It´s made by rubber and when your press it, it sends a sign to stop the closing.

AUTUMN, A HARD SEASON TO YOUR GATES

automatic gates in Autumn

Say goodbye to summer is the end of sunny and calm days. At Spain, the autumn is a season of atmospheric instability. Our gates will fight versus hot,  hummity and rain at the same time. If you didn´t hone your gate in summer, now it´s your time!
Powermatic goes to show you some standards to enjoy the autumn without headache.

IMPENETRABILITY

If you don´t want a dowpour becomes a disaster, we recommend you to check the impenetrability and water tightness of electronic devices. Get and special check with the buried engine.

CLEANING

Don´t forget that automatic gates are a part of your home too. So, you should add them in your cleaning rutines.
For example, sliding gate uses to build up filth inside the guides. This could be an obstacle and damage the engine.

LUBRICATION

Summer dryness could affect to the gate movements. It´s so easy to know if your gate needs lubrication. How? If you listed a lot of noises and unusual skeals… your gate needs your help.

Powermatic recommends you take care with the brush, fix and move points. Keep your gate lubricated.

3 standars to control your gate and to be ready to all seasons.

  • Remember, you should contact with a qualified technical team to get the best reshaping! 🙂

AUTOMATIC GATES AND ITS COMMON FAILURES

usual failures in automatic gates

So many year around gates, automatism and surveillance system. After this time, Powermatic has resolved a lot of problems, someone more dificult than others.

In this article, we´re going to show you the commonest failures in automatic gates and how to proceed with them. Remember that a qualified technician could help you to assure the correct working of your gate.

Sliding Gates Failures.

Motor doesn´t work: if we see that our gate´s motor doesn´t work, first of all we´ll confirm the power supplier. We´ll check if there are blown fuse or the wires are out of their terminals. Don´t forget to check that security contacts are shor-circuited, emitter is programmed and has frecuency.

Gate is closed and we can´t unblock:  we have to look that limit switches are working correctly and if  the gate stop without we need to press it.

Gate doesn´t open and close completely: in this case, we have to check the manoeuvre timing of the gate. We´ll need more seconds that really required. So, we´ll look that limit switches are installed correctly. Don´t forget take attention, during the movement, the limit switch.

If we block the light of photocell and the gate stops and closes: we have to change the opening and closing wires, and the limit switches.

Motor sound but the gate doesn´t open and close: first of all we have to unblock the gate and move it until the middle. Push and test that opening and closing are correct, and the limit switch. We have to regulate the mecanic, electronic clutch and force.

Gate stops at the middle of movement: if motor stops to work, we have to increase the work time.  If the gate stops but motor still works,  we have to regulate the force (mecanic or electronic) and chech there isn´t any obstacle.

Swing Gates Failures.

Motor/motors don´t work: we have to check the power supplier. We´ll ckeck if there are a blown fuses or the wires are out of their terminals. We´ll ckech that the security contacts are short-circuited and emitter is programmed and it has frecuency.

One engine opens and other closes: change the opening and closing wires from motor. To know what it´s correct, we´ll have to see the leds or wait to automatic closing.

If we block the light of photocell and the gate stops and closes: we have to change the opening and closing wires, and the limit switches.

Gates don´t close: we have to check that photocells are connected correctly. Also, we´ll check they are aligned and the signal arrives to control pannel.

Gates stop at the middle of movement: we´ll have to regulate the work time, at leat, two or three seconds beyond the required time to do the complete movement.

Gates don´t open and close completely: we´ll check the regulation of hydraulic and/or electronic force. We´ll verify if there aren´t friction points during the gate movement. Don´t forget to check the installation levels that are fixed correctly.

Swivelling Gates Failures

Gate doesn´t work: first of all we´ll check the power supplier. So, we´ll check the blown fuses or if the wires are out of their terminals. Also, we´ll verify if the emitter is programmed and send frecuency. Finally, we´ll check if the security contacts are short-circuited.

Motor stop when gate is down and come up again: we´ll have to regulate the engine force, and the gate hasn´t any obstacle. At last, we´ll check the limit swicthes.

To open and close, the motor still works: we´ll have to regulate the limit switches.

Gate doesn´t close: we´ll check the photocells are connected, aligned and the pannel control receives the signal.

Gate closes by fits and starts: we´ll ckeck if the gate is balanced, and we´ll add extra weight if it´s necessary.

Motor sounds but gate doesn´t open: we´ll have to check  if gate is balanced and we´ll add extra weight if it´s necessary.

Barriers Failures.

Barrier doesn´t work: first of all we´ll check the power supplier. So, we´ll check the blown fuses or if the wires are out of their terminals. Also, we´ll verify if the emitter is programmed and send frecuency. Finally, we´ll check if the security contacts are short-circuited.

Barrier doesn´t open: we´ll veriry the spring, motor conections and limit swicthes.

Barrier doesn´t close: we´ll check if photocells are connected correctly, aligned and the signal arrives to central pannel.

Barrier opens and closes by fits and starts: we´ll have to regulate the spring.