During a storm, a gigantic maple tree came down in our emu enclosure. Luckily it didn't land on the fencing or any animals, but getting in and out with the truck to clean it up has been a hassle. To open the badly-sagging gate, get the truck inside, prevent the emus from running through the gate, and get the gate closed requires both my wife and I. It will be even worse when I've finished bucking the tree and have to tow the log splitter and the wood chipper through the gate, because it will take longer to get those items through.
What I'd love is something like this, to at least automate the gate part:
That's the OzAutogate, a brilliant invention from Australia. You don't have to get out of the truck, you don't have to worry about a power source like with an electric gate, it automatically closes behind you, and the design is not liable to sagging.
It also features a dampening closing mechanism, which you can see in the demo below. You can also see the one feature that definitely needs some design attention, the little bar you use to lock it in the open position:
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Sadly, this wouldn't actually work in the emu pen—they'd run right into that ramp and trip over it (you cannot believe how dumb an emu is). But I think the design is brilliant for other applications.
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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
I do, however,
(OzAutogate, 2021), but I suspect that it could stay open
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
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.
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.