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Vertical Pivot Gates


What is a vertical pivot gate?


Vertical pivot gates (VPG), sometimes called pivot gate systems, operate similarly to crash arms. In the simplest of terms, this gate works in exactly the same motion as a parking lot or railroad crossing arm, but instead of a single crash arm rising upward, the entire gate/infill panel arcs into the air 90-degrees.


What are the advantages of a vertical pivot gate?


Vertical pivot gates require less space to install than a rolling slide gate or cantilever slide gate. Because the gate opens like a drop arm, there is less interaction with pedestrians because there is no incursion into the property’s roadway entry space like a swing gate. Because the gate lifts upward, it is more adaptable to the uneven or sloped ground that is so often problematic for slide gates. This enables the bottom edge of a vertical pivot gate to operate within 2 inches of the substrate grade or to be designed to accommodate curbs.


Another advantage is vertical pivot gates have faster operating speeds compared to swing and slide gates because the arm does not need to travel the entire horizontal length of the roadway. In terms of access control, a vertical pivot gate can process about 2-3 times more vehicles per minute compared to slide gates. At high volume control points, this can dramatically reduce wait times and tailgating.


What Is tailgating?


Tailgating is the practice of an unauthorized person following closely behind an authorized vehicle or person to improperly gain entry. This often occurs at locations that have slow gate operations where it is possible to follow immediately after the authorized vehicle in front of them that has been given access. This can cause both security breaches as well as accidents that damage the gate. Fast operating gates can act as a psychological deterrent to tailgating attempts.


What materials are used to make vertical pivot gates?


The most common materials are aluminum, steel, iron and composites.


Where are vertical pivot gates frequently used?


Vertical pivot gates are used at a variety of low and high security areas:


  • Military bases
  • Self storage facilities
  • Airports
  • Ports & Rail yards
  • Power plants


What are the rating standards for vertical pivot gates?


The industry benchmarks for vertical pivot gates are:


UL 325 -- Standard for Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems


ASTM F2200 -- Standard Specification for Automated Vehicular Gate Construction


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What type of operating system does a vertical pivot gate use?


Most vertical pivot gates are electric or hydraulic and can be controlled using a card key reader or other access control product, making manned personnel unnecessary. A good example of this would be 24-hour access storage facilities. Some vertical pivot gates are available in a manual configuration.


What security options are available for vertical pivot gates?


Security options and anti-personnel deterrents include the following:


  • Traffic warning lights
  • Flood or Strobe lights
  • Caution signs
  • Barbed wire
  • Spike toppers
  • Concertina razor wire


Where can I find vertical pivot gate systems?


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