Remote cell controlled hog trap release / latch

As experts in automation we get questions unrelated to gate openers quite often. We love to work on these issues and come up with solutions. One question we have received a few times was could our remote access devices somehow be utilized for a hog trap and the answer is YES, absolutely.

Here is the breakdown of a recent system we put together for a customer of ours. They started with a remote video monitored hog trap and had a spring loaded door for the trap. If they didn’t have the spring closing gate mechanistic one of our sister sites, panicexitpro.com.

They would manually open the gate to the hog trap when setting the trap. In the open position they used the Estate Swing low impact automatic gate lock. (alternatively if you wanted to save some money you could utilize the GateCrafters.com automatic gate lock and paint it black or camouflage to not be a distraction. It is a mechanical lock that does not require power to remain locked. When triggered to release it uses energy for only a few seconds to energize a solenoid that releases the lock. The releasing of the lock then allows the springs to slam the gate closed, trapping the hogs in the pen. The automatic gate lock was paired with a 10 Watt solar panel, cell phone receiver and large battery box.

The solar panel will maintain the 12V deep cycle marine Group 24 battery. The battery will be the power source for both the lock and the receiver. The cell phone receiver is the cool part of this system. A GSM SIM card with phone number will be purchased for the receiver. The user will program in the phone numbers of authorized phones that can close the trap. When one of the authorized phone numbers calls the phone number of the GSM SIM card it will recognize the caller ID of the inbound phone number and trigger the lock to release.No apps, passwords, WiFi, or anything else needed. The reaction takes seconds and the hogs will be trapped! So for this customer they will monitor their cameras from their house or any place else with video access. When they see the hogs enter they can call the receivers phone number from any number of phones as long as they have been set up in the system.

 

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Estate Swing gate openers serving the US Military

Estate Swing gate openers were designed to fit needs in the gate automation industry that other brands were not addressing. Because of the ingenuity and flexibility of the brand has been used in an assortment of applications that other gate openers do not get used in.

One of which is being used to serve the US Military. The E-SC 1602 gate opener has been a versatile operator for the Estate Swing line. Originally brought to market to address large column installations for the DIY home owner (large columns cannot utilize linear actuators which at the time were the only type of DIY gate opener being offered). It quickly was adapted with a few changes to become the E-SC 1602 carriage door opener. Carriage doors at that point did not have a way to be automated like standard garage doors and roll up doors did.

The designers of the HELTD (High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator) had a need to automate the rear doors the vehicle. These massive doors needed automation that was strong, reliable and versatile enough to make adaptations for their purposes. The E-SC 1602 fit the bill. In the pictures below you will see that they fabricated their own operator arm to go on the motor that they needed for the doors. They utilize the operator to push to doors out and open.

E-SC 1602 Estate Swing gate opener installed in High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
E-SC 1602 Estate Swing gate opener installed in High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
E-SC 1602 Estate Swing gate opener installed in High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
E-SC 1602 Estate Swing gate opener installed in High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
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