Upgrading An Outdoor Security Gate

It takes teamwork and innovative products such as the Locknetics 390+ electromagnetic lock, Locinox Titan Gate Closer, GRI 4400 Series magnetic contracts and HID MaxiProx reader to get the job done right.

My client called me up and asked if I could help him upgrade a personnel gate to a secured opening and connect it up the premises access control system. Although gates aren’t my thing, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to manage this project because I knew I could do a great job and...

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Next I wanted to be sure the gate would always close after it was opened. That way it would always lock.
I discovered a unique closer made in Belgium, the Locinox Titan 350 & 550 Gate Closer, which was designed specifically for exterior gates. It looked great and it worked well.
This Belgian manufactured device is essentially in a class by itself. The choices for outdoor commercial gate closers are very limited.
The units are precision engineered and made of stainless steel. They look and feel like top of the line, and my customers love them.
Mounting hardware is supplied with each unit to accommodate different hinge types found on exterior gates.
The 550 is rated for a heavier gate than the 350, but which you use has a lot to do with specific site conditions such as the weight of the gate, the condition of the hinges, and the nature of the traffic passing through it. We found that the weight of the gate is only one factor determining the inertia (and momentum) the closer must manage.
The width of the gate determines the leverage a user has when pushing or pulling the gate open. I found that the 550 presented more resistance to opening than the 350, but the 550 maintained more control over the gate as it closes.
If the objective is to prevent the gate from slamming, this is the unit for you.
One drawback was that there are no adjustments possible for either model, but the company is working on a design which provides adjustments.
A visit to the LOCINOX web site reveals that the company offers an extensive line of  gate and security products, all possessing the signature robust design and elegant appearance.
For more information, visit the web site www.locinox.com or E-mail Locinox@lockinox.com.

I selected an outdoor magnetic contact with mounting hardware from George Risk Industries (GRI), a U.S. company that specializes in quality magnetic contacts for the security industry.
G.R.I.’s 4400 switch series is a heavy duty surface mounted industrial grade contact. A rugged aluminum housing and a variety of optional mounting brackets make it ideal for securing chain link gates, overhead garage doors, safes or walk-in freezer doors. It can operate within a temperature range of 257 degrees to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Closed Loop SPDT DPDT
Standard Gap 4400 4402
2 1/2”+ 4400-A 4402-A 4405-A
A standard three-foot length of stainless steel cable is offered as is a vinyl jacketed CL-2 type cable. Custom cable lengths of either type are available by special request. A case spacer PN #5226 can also be ordered as a separate mounting accessory. Switch sets include all other mounting hardware. A mounting kit PN #8297 is also available for garage door track mounting. The kit includes a 4402-A switch set, brackets and mounting hardware.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or GRI, 800-445-5218 or www.grisk.com.

HID MaxiProx® Reader
We were to control traffic in both directions, and wanted to make it as easy for employees to use as possible so I once again specified my favorite workhorse, the HID MaxiProx reader .
This reader is ideal for installations incorporating parking control and long read range applications. The MaxiProx reader packages all the electronics in one rugged, attractive and easy-to-install housing.
Recommended cable is ALPHA 1295 (22 AWG) 5 conductor minimum stranded with overall shield or equivalent. Additional conductors may be required for LED or beeper control.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or HID Corp., telephone 800-237-7769 or web site www.hidcorp.com.
Of course there were a few surprises and problems along the way, but my client was happy, and I was glad that I undertook the job.      

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