Automatic Sliding Gates in Aberdeen, Scotland, Aprimatic, BFT, Beninca, CAME, Ditec, FAAC, Nice: Centurion Security

General Principles

Automatic Sliding Gates, while not as common as swing gates in the domestic and light commercial markets, provide a unique, high-security solution under many circumstances.  However in larger commercial/industrial sites they are quite common and for a variety of reasons.

Sliding gates can either be single-leaf or twin-leaf.  They do not encroach into the driveway or yard area since they slide either side of the opening.

In some user situations where there are rising driveways, sliding gates are ideal since they do not have to "rise up" the driveway -- and  provided there is sufficient room for one or two leaves to slide in one or either direction beyond the opening.

Large Sliding Gate Installation

Benefits of Sliding Gates

Sliding Gate Systems are the most secure automatic gate systems around. 

Due to their operation and positioning, when closed they are almost impossible to open.  They are held in place by the tracking system, drive motor, and other featues of the installation, such that they cannot be wedged sideways except by very unusual and extreme force.

Types of Sliding Gate Systems

Sliding Gates would normally run back and forth on grooved or circular wheels along a level horizontal beam fitted with a channel.  The motoe will drive the gate back and forth using a rack and pinion mechanism on the gate, powered by a cog at low level on the gate motor.  This configuration however does require that the ground is relatively level and that a steel beam can be sunk into the ground the full length of the gate in both the opne and closed positions.

Any sliding gate in such circumstances requires to be able to slide at least its own width either side of the opening, also taking into account the width of the motor (usually around 300 mm).


An alternative method of operation  is the Cantilever System

Here there is no sunken steel beam the full length of the gate plus itself again.  Instead the entire gate is suspended on a relatively short cantilever system involving wheels set in a  channel (rather like the wheels of a train carriage). 

The "overhang" of the gate beyond the opening is usually aroung 30% to 40% of the nominal gate width and the entire gate pivots on the cantilever wheels.  It then operates by running  back and forth on these cantilever wheels.  The gate motor principle is the same (i.e. toothed rack and pinion), with the motor being located in roughly the same position as with a standard sliding gate system.

Weight Factor

Unlike swing gates where other factors dictate how effeiciently the gates will operate, a critical factor in sliding gates is the weight of each gate leaf.

The entire gate leaf, in this situation is both powered by and resting on the drive unit.  Thus individual automatic sliding gate systems are calibrated in terms of gate weight in relation  to motor specification.

Method of Operation

Due to the design and direction of automatic sliding gates the "hydraulic vs. electromechanical" argument does not enter into the equation. 

Sliding gates by their very nature cannot be hydraulic in operation.  but they do require other features such as oil bath clutches.  They require to be able to engage or disengage when under, at or over recommended thrust levels, in order that the motor does not fail.  This operates rather like a clutch in car, which engages to drive and disengages to idle.

Size and Rating of Automatic Sliding Gate Motors

Centurion BFT Deimos Application


Most domestic and light commercial applications can operate on the same motor supporting gate leaf weights of around 300 Kg to 800 Kg.

Heavier sliding  gate leaves for commercial and industrial applications might require motors which will drive weights in the region 1000 Kg to 2000 Kg.

Centurion BFT Icaro Motor


Centurion BFT Urano Gate Motor

Typically the above motors would operate from 240V, single-phase AC supply, avalable in most homes and businesses.

Exceptionally heavy industrial gates, such as in dockyards and perhaps spanning in excess of 20 metres, might require motors capable of driving gates in the reigion of 2000Kg to 4000Kg.

These hyper-duty motors would usuallly require 415V, three-phase AC supply, normally available in industrial premises.



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