As a youth I thought the future was fixing cars. I know some people wanted to be astronauts or firemen, I wanted to fix cars. Early on I learned that proper sequences make a difference, if you have ever seen a sequence like; 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2, you will understand that a V-8 engine needs to fire in a specific sequence. Starting at the front and working to the rear is probably not going to work out very well, or the mechanic at one garage doing it one way and a different mechanic doing it a another, not a good plan.
Steps matter, so does the sequence in which they are performed. Automation, like in the example of the engine, allow the sequence to happen, over and over exactly the same. Automation, correctly designed, installed, and maintained assure consistent performance of redundant tasks.
Automatically sequencing the Crowd Gate is a simple way to assure consistent performance. In today’s age of PLC’s it is almost endless what sequences can be performed. Want the gate to advance for 10 seconds and retreat for 1 second every gate cycle, done. Want the gate to advance for 5 seconds, pause for 2 seconds and then advance for 6 seconds more, done.
People tell me all the time that the Crowd Gate is misused, why? The simple answer is because it can be. Crowd gates are powerful tools for automating the cow milking process, absolutely necessary when milking speed and labor efficiency is considered. Take a look today, how long does the gate need to run to “close up” the space left when a group enters the parlor, why not provide an automatic operation of that event?
“It is a true miracle when a man finally sees himself as his only opposition”. Vernon Howard