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The advantages of the motorization of a portal are no longer to demonstrate. Actuating the leaves with a remote control is a comfort you can not do without once you have tasted it!

gate operator swinging

In 2014, there were eight million portals installed. This market is 80% dominated by the swinging gate, even if the sliding model is constantly growing. If the first remains the market leader, it is thanks to its ease of installation and the fact that it adapts to all existing configurations. Especially since, for simplicity of use, their opening can be motorized.

Control unit and accessories

The technological developments of recent years have made it possible toimprove the efficiency and functionality of the engines. It is very easy to find in DIY superstores affordable models that are easy to install. However, before embarking, it is necessary to know the different organs of the system to better understand its implementation.
The motorization of a gate with two leaves includes indeed two engines, a central control unit connected to the mains (which is found today more generally integrated into one of the engines) and accessories such as remote controls, flashing lampetc.
The central transforms the electric current, supplied by the table of the house, into low voltage. She receives the commands from the remote control and communicates them to the engines. Mechanically fixed to each of the pillars, the motors actuate, depending on the model, articulated arms or cylinders.
To stop the race of the leaves, we install on the ground a central stop and two lateral if the motorization does not integrate it.
Engines are self-locking. This function keeps the gate closed while ensuring the locking of its leaves. Even if some gates are equipped with a battery backup, in case of power failure, it is still possible to unlock the motors manually.
A integrated security system also stops the flaps as soon as resistance is detected (people, animals, objects).

The essential checks

In addition to burying power cables to provide between the electrical panel of the house and the gate, it must be ensured that the existing gate supports a motorization, because all can not.
For example, a PVC gate must be provided with a metal frame. The force that the motorization exerts on the wing being consequent, it is also necessary to ensure the good behavior of the fastenings of the leaves and to make sure that the leaves do not rub on the ground. A arm drive is more tolerant in case of imperfect installationbut it requires space around it to run smoothly. It must therefore be ensured that he has the necessary field for his movement. The jacks mechanism is more suitable for tight spaces, but its installation is more rigorous.
Finally, to choose the right engine, you must know the dimensions and weight of the leaves to have a power accordingly. It is also necessary to take care of the action of the wind and to envisage a motorization which supports this additional force. In the case of a portal full, it is better to privilege the jacks mechanisms which incorporate an endless screw.

The different engines of portals

different types of motorization

There are different types of engines to choose depending on wind exposure, terrain configuration, etc.

  • Arms: exist in hydraulic or electromechanical version.
  • With jacks (see diagram): exert a strong force on the hinges of the leaves. The cylinders are electric, pneumatic or hydraulic.
  • On wheels: this solution is recommended for steep or deformed terrain. The wheels are fixed at the bottom of each leaf.
  • Buried (see diagram): invisible, the system is placed at the foot of the pillars. It is more expensive because its installation requires masonry work. It is also more durable because its mechanical parts are protected.
  • Integrated: alternative to the buried motor, this solution is easy to install. The mechanism is concealed in each amount (hinge side) of the doors of the gate.

illuminated flash for automated portal

Passersby should be alerted to the presence of an automated portal.
Its opening and closing are indicated by a flash of light, usually attached to one of the pillars.

The power supply of a gate operator

power supply of a gate operator

The power supply of a gate operator from the house requires a 10 A differential circuit breaker (amperes) on the electrical panel and a 30 A type A branch circuit breaker, a 3 x 1.52 mm cable2 for a distance of less than 10 m between the switchboard and the gate. If it is higher, it is necessary in this case to increase the section of the cable to 3 x 2.52 mm2.
Regarding the supply of system accessories (flash, safety photocells, etc.) a 0.752 mm cable2 enough.

Solar energy device

solar power kit for gate operator

Alternatives to a classical installation, the solar power kits allow to provide energy to the mechanism without loss of performance. However, the solar panel must have an optimal orientation.
As for the system, it is better to favor a kit equipped with a battery with long battery life to compensate for days without sunshine.

Portal, gate, shutters... all connected

connected objects in a house

Shutters (1), alarm (2), camera (3), garage door (3), gate (4) and gate (5), all these bodies can now remote control.
Manufacturers of automation and access control systems (Somfy, Diagral, France Closures...) offer solutions to control, from his sofa or remote, all the engines present at his home.
The command is executed by various means: landline or mobile phone, multifunction remote control, computer, touch or voice keyboard, tablet...

connected gate motorization

  • The motorization of the portals does not escape the technology of "connected objects" present in the habitat. It is now possible to control them using a smartphone. Just download the application...

Eight swing gate operators

Comparison of eight swing gate operator systems

comparison of 8 portal motorizations


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Blyss, Castorama (309 €)

Castorama engine

Price: 309 €
Maximum leaf width supported by the engine: 2 meters

  • Movement: worm cylinders
  • 90° opening speed: between 5 and 20 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of the leaf: 150 kg
  • Gate stop: no
  • Integrated power plant: no
  • Backup battery: optional
  • Solar Power: Optional
Distribution: GSB
Warranty: 3 years
The +: the opening speed

Evoarm2200 from Evology, Leroy Merlin (449 €)

motorization Leroy Merlin

Price: € 449
Maximum leaf width supported by the engine: 2.2 meters

  • Movement: Arms
  • 90° opening speed: between 8 and 15 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 200 kg
  • Gate stop: integrated
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: yes
  • Solar power supply: no
Distribution: GSB
Warranty: 3 years
The +: the receiver included for a command by intercom

Evolvia 400, Somfy (729 €)

Somfy motorisation

Price: 729 €
Maximum leaf width supported by the engine: 2 meters

  • Movement: Arms
  • Opening speed at 90°: 8 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 200 kg
  • Gate stop: integrated
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: yes
  • Solar Power: Optional
Distribution: GSB
Warranty: 3 years
The +: automatic recognition of added accessories

Mhousekit WS 200W, Lapeyre (899 €)

Lapeyre motorization

Price: 899 €
Maximum width of leaf supported by the engine: 3 meters

  • Movement: Arms
  • 90° opening speed: 8.4 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 250 kg
  • Gate stop: integrated
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: yes
  • Solar Power: Standard
Distribution: Lapeyre stores
Warranty: 3 years
The +: a battery life of 99 cycles for the battery

Kustos Ultra BT A40, BFT (€ 1,099)

BFT motorization

Price: 1099 €
Maximum leaf width supported by the motor: 4 meters

  • Movement: worm cylinders
  • Opening speed at 90°: 17 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 250 kg
  • Gate stop: integrated
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: yes
  • Solar Power: Optional
Distribution: network of installers
2 years warranty
The +: the photocell integrated in the flashing light

Brown Line, Cam (1,170 €)

Motorization Cam

Price: 1170 €
Maximum leaf width supported by the engine: 2, 2 meters

  • Movement: Arms
  • Opening speed at 90°: 17 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 250 kg
  • Gate stop: mechanical
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: optional
  • Solar power supply: no
Distribution: network of approved installers
Warranty: 1 year (+ 2 years provided / installed)
The +: the manual unlocking inside and outside

Energy kit, Faac (€ 1,331)

Faac motorization

Price: 1331 €
Maximum leaf width supported by the engine: 2 meters

  • Movement: Arms
  • 90° opening speed: 13 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 200 kg
  • Gate stop: integrated
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: optional
  • Solar Power: Optional
Distribution: specialized networks, licensed installers
Warranty: 3 years
The +: its speed of opening / closing defined according to the weight of the portal

VersaMatic P Kit, Hörmann (€ 1,380)

Hörmann motorization

Price: 1380 €
Maximum width of leaf supported by the engine: 3 meters

  • Movement: Arms
  • Opening speed at 90°: 10 s
  • Partial pedestrian opening: yes
  • Maximum weight of leaf: 300 kg
  • Gate stop: integrated
  • Integrated power plant: yes
  • Backup battery: optional
  • Solar power supply: optional (autumn 2016 commercialization)
Distribution: Installer Network
Warranty: 5 years
The +: the duration of the guarantee


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