Automatic Gate System for Dublin Zoo

Posted: 1/1/1970

Dublin Zoo have introduced a bull elephant into the herd as part of the zoo’s international breeding programme. The elephant is housed separately, in a brand new habitat specifically built for him, complete with two external automatic gates and five internal automatic gates. In each of these automatic gates are smaller pedestrian gates, which ensures zoo keepers have full access to conduct veterinarian examinations.

The system included the following components:

  • 1 bespoke hydraulic power unit
  • 2 pump/motor units with backup
  • 2 pump/motor units with backup
  • Lock valves
  • Electrical gate control panel, fully programmed
  • Ultrabeam frequency transmitters and receivers
  • UPS transmitter back-up
  • Bespoke hydraulic actuators
  • Limit switches
  • Food grade hydraulic oil

All seven gates are run off one central, bespoke power unit with two motors and additional battery back-up to allow for ease of opening in the event of any potential power or motor failure, also special wireless controllers were installed to allow the zoo keepers safety open and close each gate at distance, if necessary, and whilst moving around the elephant.

The elephant enclosure measures 200m² is made up an 11m wall lined with insulated panels, radiant heating and a 1.5m deep sand pit. It is divided into animal and keeper areas by 4m steel barriers.

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