4 Factors to Consider for a Swing Gate Operator

Post by: admin - June 10, 2024

Automated swing gates are integral to residential, commercial, and industrial properties, offering convenience, security, and control over access points. However, with the wide array of swing gate operators available on the market, selecting the right one can be a daunting task.

Rotech’s range of swing gate operators has been chosen with the needs of the Australian market in mind. For example, the new SMARTY7 Swing Gate Operator, recently launched by Italian manufacturer, Roger Technology, boasts advanced features and capabilities that cater to the diverse needs of professionals such as electricians, gate and fencing suppliers, security businesses, specifiers, architects, and engineers.

So how do you ensure a seamless installation, optimal performance, and long-lasting durability when adding an automatic swing gate to your premises?

In this comprehensive article, we’ll walk you through the top considerations for selecting a swing gate operator, shedding light on the importance of gate leaf sizes and weight, gate panel formats, articulated versus linear arm designs, and mounting considerations and calculations.

1. Gate Leaf Sizes and Weight

When selecting a swing gate operator, one of the most essential factors to consider is the size and weight of the gate leaves. Larger and heavier gates demand more powerful motors and higher torque capabilities to ensure smooth and efficient operation. Failure to account for these specifications can lead to premature wear, inefficient operation, and potential safety hazards.

The SMARTY7 Swing Gate Operator has been engineered to handle even the most demanding gate leaf dimensions and weights. With its brushless digital motor based on a permanent magnetic field using neodymium-iron-boron magnets, the SMARTY7 delivers exceptional power and torque output, making it suitable for gates up to an impressive 7 metres in length.

When evaluating gate leaf sizes, it’s important to take into account both the width and height of the gate panels. Wider gates often require more torque to overcome the increased resistance, while taller gates may be subject to greater wind loads, necessitating additional counterbalancing measures. The SMARTY7’s robust design and advanced control systems can manage gate leaves of varying dimensions, ensuring optimal performance across a variety of applications.

The weight of the gate leaves is another factor that can significantly impact the choice of swing gate operator. Heavier gates, typically constructed from materials like steel or solid wood, demand stronger motors and robust mechanics to handle the increased load. The SMARTY7’s brushless digital motor, reinforced aluminium casing and sturdy galvanised carbon steel fastener brackets provide the necessary strength and durability to support even the heaviest industrial gates.

By carefully considering the gate leaf sizes and weight, and selecting the appropriate swing gate operator, professionals can ensure a reliable, long-lasting, and efficient gate automation solution that meets their requirements, regardless of the gate’s dimensions or construction materials.

2. Gate Panel Format – Bars vs. Full Body

The format of the gate panels – whether bar-style or full-body – plays a crucial role in determining the appropriate swing gate operator. Bar-style gates consist of horizontal or vertical bars, providing an open design that allows for airflow. In contrast, full-body gates are constructed with solid panels, typically made of wood, metal, or composite, offering a more enclosed and secure barrier.

Wind resistance is a significant consideration when evaluating gate panel formats. Bar-style gates, with their open design, generally experience less wind resistance, making them suitable for areas with moderate wind conditions. However, in regions prone to high winds or extreme weather conditions, full-body gates may be more appropriate as they offer greater wind resistance and structural stability.

The gate panel format also influences the choice of swing gate operator. Bar-style gates, with their lighter weight and open design, may require less powerful motors and torque capabilities. On the other hand, full-body gates, being heavier and more solid, demand stronger motors and robust mechanics to handle the increased load and wind resistance.

The design of the SMARTY7 Swing Gate Operator is made to accommodate a wide range of gate panel formats, including both bar-style and full-body gates. Its brushless digital motor, reinforced aluminium casing, and adjustable travel limits ensure smooth and efficient operation, regardless of the gate panel design. 

3. Articulated vs. Linear Arm Design

Articulated Design

One of the most important design considerations is the choice between an articulated or a linear arm. This decision can significantly impact the installation process, operational efficiency, and overall performance of the gate automation system.

Articulated arm swing gate operators feature a jointed arm that can pivot and adjust to accommodate various gate configurations and mounting positions. This design offers greater flexibility, as the articulated arm can adapt to different gate geometries and installation scenarios. Articulated arms are particularly beneficial for gates with limited clearance or obstructions, as they can be mounted closer to the gate post, minimising the required space. However, this design typically requires more precise adjustments and may involve additional components, potentially increasing installation complexity.

Linear Arm Design

On the other hand, linear arm swing gate operators employ a straight, rigid arm that connects the motor to the gate leaf. This design is generally more straightforward to install, as the linear arm requires less adjustment and can often be mounted directly onto the gate post or nearby surface. 

Linear arms are well-suited for gates with ample clearance and unobstructed mounting areas. They offer a more direct and efficient transfer of power from the motor to the gate leaf, potentially resulting in smoother operation and reduced stress on the system components.

When selecting a swing gate operator, it is vital to consider the specific site conditions, gate geometry, and mounting requirements to determine whether an articulated arm or a linear arm design is better suited for the application. By carefully evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision and ensure a seamless and efficient gate automation solution.

4. Mounting Considerations and Calculations

Proper mounting is paramount for ensuring the smooth and reliable operation of a swing gate operator. Overlooking critical mounting considerations can lead to misalignments, excessive wear, and even potential safety hazards. As such, it’s essential to carefully evaluate the site conditions, gate post dimensions, and clearances to determine the most suitable mounting options.

For trades and professionals, one of the key considerations is the gate post size and material. More substantial gate posts may provide greater flexibility in mounting options, while smaller or irregularly shaped posts may require additional adapters or customised brackets. The SMARTY7 Swing Gate Operator addresses this challenge with its sturdy galvanised carbon steel fastener brackets, available in long or short versions, designed specifically for installation on large and heavy industrial gates.

Clearances around the gate and mounting area are another crucial factor to consider. Insufficient clearance can restrict the gate’s movement, leading to potential obstructions or collisions. An articulated arm design offers greater flexibility as it can be mounted closer to the gate post, minimising the required clearance.

Precise calculations are also necessary to ensure the correct positioning and alignment of the swing gate operator. These calculations should account for factors, such as the gate leaf length, desired opening angle, and the motor’s mounting position. Failure to properly calculate these variables can result in inefficient operation, premature wear, or even damage to the system components.

Rotech’s SMARTY7 Swing Gate Operator simplifies the installation process with its adjustable aluminium travel limits, reinforced with titanium for added durability. These limits can be easily adjusted, even after installation, by removing the aluminium cover, allowing for fine-tuning to optimise the gate’s operation.

By carefully considering mounting requirements and performing the necessary calculations, installers can ensure a seamless installation of the swing gate operator, maximising its performance and longevity while providing a reliable and efficient gate automation solution for their clients.


With its innovative features and robust design tailored to address the key factors of gate leaf sizes, panel formats, arm designs, and mounting considerations, the SMARTY7 Swing Gate Operator is a comprehensive and versatile solution for the Australian market. 

This cutting-edge operator boasts a powerful brushless digital motor, reinforced aluminium casing, adjustable titanium-reinforced travel limits, and advanced control systems, making it the ideal choice for automating even the most demanding swing gates.

By carefully evaluating and accounting for these crucial factors, you can ensure optimal performance, reliability, and longevity for your gate automation projects. The SMARTY7’s versatility and ease of installation, combined with its ability to handle gates up to 7 metres in length, make it a game-changer in the industry.