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Secure gate operator installed at luxury estate

Automatic gate operators from FAAC are being used to help step up security following several incidences of burglaries targeting luxury homes in the Lancashire area. The slimline appearance of the S450 swing gate, and its anti-crush protection, is making it a popular choice in residential property applications.

Lancashire security installer, North Valley Forge, has recently installed automatic swing gates to a residential property using the S450 hybrid operator, which combines the reliability of hydraulic technology with the efficiency of a 24V DC motor. The S450's continuous duty cycle makes it ideal for this application as the proprietor also runs a small commercial business from the same premises.


Richard Ratcliffe, director at North Valley Forge said: "The property is in a remote area and the owner was concerned about security. We specified the FAAC S450 because the gate is made of wood, so it required a hydraulic operator that could withstand wind resistance. As the gate is also used for business access, it has a higher use rate than a typical residential property, so it was important that we used an system with a high opening/closing speed.

Fully compliant with current European safety standards, the S450 operator incorporates a FAAC patented Bus encoder, which allows the gate to reverse if an obstacle is detected. The rear bracket can be adjusted for greater flexibility and its housing is transparent for LED visibility, enabling easy set up and maintenance. Integrated mechanical stops eliminate the need for externally mounted stops on the ground and its long stroke of up to 311mm makes it easy to install.

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