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Planning an install

Planning your swing gate automation

If you already have gates, you need to choose motors that work with your current specification. Below are a list of questions and options to consider before starting your install.

Types of automation

  • Above Ground
  • Underground
  • Articulated
  • Electro-mechanical
  • Hydraulic
  • 1 or 2 leaf


  • What materials are your gates made of?
  • Steel / Timber
  • Vertical Bar Infill
  • Close Boarded
  • Palisade Fencing
  • Mesh Infill


  • Is the area often windy?
  • Gates opening inwards/outwards?
  • Domestic of commercial install?
  • No. of times a day gate opens and closes?
  • How many dwellings does the gate serve?
  • How many users?

Gate Specifications

Weight and lengths?

You need the correct gate automation kit that's suitable for the length and weight of your gate.

If existing gates do they open to 90° or more?

Do the gates open far enough to allow for vehicles to turn into the opening?

How long is each gate?

Where will vehicles turn or park relative to the gate?

Hinge Geometry

Are/will the gates be hung in the centre or behind posts and pillars? Do the gates open inwards or outwards?

Swing Gates

Safety First

The installation of powered gate automation is regulated by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations which recognises a powered gate as machinery. The law requires that the resulting machine complies with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the regulations. Guidance for the required level of safety can be found in EN 12453

If you are not fully aware of the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, the implications of the Health and Safety at Work Act or the contents of EN 12453 you are advised to seek specialist training or the assistance of a properly qualified and equipped powered gate specialist before undertaking to proceed with the installation, repair or maintenance


  • Safety accessories
  • Intercom/keypad
  • Extra transmitters
  • Exit buttons