ben joh


Pretoria, South Africa

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  • "The OzAutogate is, in my opinion, a good concept, offering a convenient automatic solution to a common problem for farmers. I appreciate the mechanical system that operates under the weight of the vehicle to open the gate and the fact that it can be opened from both sides. I do, however, think that the design has some problems. The first, being that the gate takes a relatively long time to close due to the hydraulic delay system. This is a supposed feature to allow trailers to pass through ┬áCITATION OzA21 \l 2057 (OzAutogate, 2021), but I suspect that it could stay open long enough for animals to pass through as well. Another problem is that the ramp could potentially cause injury to animals that walk over it. This could be eliminated by covering the gaps in the ramp, eliminating the possibility of animals jamming their feet into the ramp, although this would mean that animals could stand on it, opening the gate. Aesthetically, the ramp could be painted a colour that blends into ground to make it a little less noticeable. I also think that trees or other objects near the gate may get in the way when the gate is raised, not allowing the gate to fully open. The gate could maybe be designed to fold in on itself to reduce its size when being raised or there could be two ramp mechanical systems with two smaller gates split in the middle, thereby reducing the size of the raised gate by half. This would however drive up costs because two gate mechanism would be required. Despite the above mentioned problems, I still think that the OzAutogate is an example of good industrial design because it solves a common problem for livestock farmers, in a practical way. I think that with a few tweaks and modifications it would be an even better product."
    on: Smart Design for a Gate That Automatically Opens and Closes, No Power Needed
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