Articulated arm motors
As articulated arm motors use a two-part arm with an ‘elbow’ joint to connect the motor to the gate, this arm protrudes from the motor. This means that there has to be room for the arm to move as the gate opens and closes.
These gate motors are easier to install than other types thanks to the geometry of the arm system. They can be slightly more expensive than other types but they open and close gates quickly.
Many homeowners like discrete gate automation systems and articulated arm motors are more obvious when installed, although many have the control system built into the motors. However, these gate automation motors are mounted on the inside of gates so they’re not seem from the outside of closed gates.
In the event of power failure or mechanical breakdown, articulated arm motors can normally be manually released from outside the gate with an optional cable release system.
All articulated arm gate motors use electric motors which can be either 230Vac or 24Vdc and all 24V and some 230V versions have obstacle detection. This means that the gates stop moving and some even reverse when the gates come into contact with an object during operation.
Finally, thanks to the arm system of operation, these gate motors work well on large gate piers and pillars.