We can design a full system to cover factories with over 180 machines. All controlled by a single greenBOX MASTER controller. But what if you only need to control one?
Ecogate has a solution for shop owners that just want to control a handful of their machines. A Standalone Gate automatically opens/closes based on workstation activity sensor signal.
How do Standalone Blast Gates work?
It's quite simple, the gate must be connected to a 24V DC power supply and the workstation activity sensor must be connected to the “SIGNAL” input on the gate’s standalone motor via low voltage cable. (The best sensors for standalone operated gates are Volt or Current sensors).
The gate can also be wired to a dry contact on your machine’s electrical panel, if one is available. Simple timers or switches will also work for machines that do not have an electrical panel, like a simple chop saw for example. And the best part is, you do not need a central controller (greenBOX) to manage the opening and closing of this gate.
When should you get a Standalone Gate?
Standalone blast gates are optimal if you have a large system but just want to manage airflow at a few machines and not your entire system. For example, if you have a few machines in the back of your shop that are used very seldom, you may want to consider installing standalone blast gates on them.
The benefit here is that by closing off suction to machines that are rarely utilized, you will redirect airflow to your highly utilized machines, like a CNC or Router for example, and get better suction in those places. When you are ready to use a machine with a standalone gate installed on it, simply start using it or flip the switch or timer if you have one of those installed and the gate will automatically open, giving you great suction while in use.
Standalone Ecogates are more cost effective than a whole control system if you just need or want to purchase a few gates but still want the automation. And the best part is, you'll never have to worry about the hassle of remembering to open and close a manual blast gate ever again!
Also, something else to keep in mind is that purchasing a standalone blast gate is also a great way to test one of our Ecogates for yourself before purchasing a com