Safety & Sensors

Automated driveway gates require safety precautions that protect against entrapment and hazardous pinch points. Photo Eyes, Safety Edges and other Sensing Mechanisms are designed to detect a potentially dangerous situation, such as a vehicle blocking the gate travel path and either stop or reverse the cycle.

Photo Eyes or Beams are “non-contact” devices that operate by shooting a beam of light across the gate opening. Interrupting the beam will prevent the gate from closing, or will stop the gate and reverse its motion.

Safety Edges are “contact” devices that operate when touched using pressure sensitive sensors. If an obstacle is encountered, the device signals the gate opener to stop and/or reverse operations.

Warning Devices such as Signs, Signals, Lights and Bells are useful accessories to any automated vehicular gate system. They provide visible and / or auditory indicators of potentially hazardous situations.

Vehicle Loops and Loop Detectors are used to detect the presence of a vehicle to open a gate, or as a safety device to prevent the gate from closing on a vehicle in its path.

Vehicle Loop Detectors are available with two types of connectivity; plug-in and wire harness. Direct Plug-In Loop Detectors are designed for specific control boards while the Wire Harness or Mountable Socket is universal fit. Vehicle Loops are available as Direct Burial or Cut-In. In general, Direct Burial Loops are placed below the surface prior to application of asphalt or concrete while Cut-In Loops are installed within a slot sawed into the existing surface.

Probe Style Vehicle Sensors are self-contained units including a loop detector and sensing probe or wand. This type of vehicle motion detector is easy to install however, it is not recommended as a safety loop.