Hydraulic Versus Electromechanical

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Hydraulic versus electromechanical technology has been a debate for a long time. Both technologies have proven their worth, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Pointing out these differences will provide information on which one may be better depending on usage or the environment in which it will be used or installed. There are a lot of industries that depend on hydraulics and electromechanical technology. Let's sort through some differences and why you might want to choose one over the other.


Hydraulic gate openers are generally the best option for maximum strength and reliability. These gate openers remain reliable in harsh conditions like extremely cold temperatures(-40℉), dirt/dust, or saltwater spray. The last thing anyone wants is a malfunctioning gate or security system during a storm. Hydraulics are going to be the best choice when high strength is needed. A stronger drive system will benefit any heavy gate or vehicle barrier meant to stop hostile vehicles. Hydraulics maintain pressure levels that allow it to hold a load or ensure it is ready to respond when required. Heavy-duty hydraulic gate openers require fewer moving parts and operate on less than a gallon of hydraulic fluid. Biodegradable fluid is available as an option, too, for a more environmentally-friendly approach. Hydraulic operators will cost more upfront; however, the longevity and reliability will be better than electromechanical over time.


Electromechanical gate openers have a lower upfront cost than hydraulic openers. They are not as strong as hydraulics; however, this may not matter depending on the weight of the gate. Electromechanical gate openers are more susceptible to malfunctions when there are harsh environmental conditions like super cold weather or saltwater spray due to more moving parts. Once again, if the area where the operator will be installed does not have these harsh conditions, it may not be a concern. Generally, electromechanical is going to require more maintenance compared to hydraulic openers.


If you do not mind paying more upfront and need a stronger, more reliable gate opener or vehicle mitigation system, hydraulic is the way to go. If looking for something with a lower upfront cost but may require more maintenance, electromechanical would be the choice. Secure Openers offers a wide range of heavy-duty gate openers and hostile vehicle barriers that suit many applications. Datacenters, government buildings, correctional facilities, and border agencies are just a few applications to which we offer solutions. Don't hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable and helpful sales representatives if you have any questions or want to place an order. We offer customized solutions for any application, depending on architectural design.

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