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SlipGate<sup>®</sup>

SlipGate®

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The SlipGate is a new generation of precision sluice/slide gate.

Its all-in-one design makes remote automated control as simple as installation.

Features and Benefits

All-in-one means everything has been designed – drive system, motor control, power supply, local control keypad and telemetry – to function as one single unit. There are no integration problems or incompatibilities, it simply works.

Designed from the ground up with technological innovations, the SlipGate provides precision and reliability even under the high-duty cycles that are a consequence of automation. The patented drive system, laminated panel and unique adjustable seals remove the risk and ongoing maintenance issues associated with trying to automate existing gates.


To enable installation in those remote sites that are most costly to visit, the SlipGate is powered with a high performance solar power system. And that also means you can avoid the electricity costs often associated with automation.

In-built support for the most common SCADA software protocols and a variety of radio or GPRS options provide flexibility without compromising design integrity and reliability.
 

The SlipGate is ideal for
  1. Sites with large operational head variations
  2. Sites where level and flow measurement is not needed or already exists
  3. Automating farmer service points
  4. Gates used to evacuate channels in stormwater situations
  5. Remote locations without AC power

 

Highights
  1. Local control pedestal & display in multiple languages
  2. Sophisticated control software
  3. Designed to integrate with a level sensor or flow meter
  4. SCADA ready communication system
  5. Solar-charged or AC charged battery system
  6. Not affected by seating or unseating head
  7. High duty cycle operation and low maintenance
  8. High strength FormiPanel construction
  9. Robust CableDrive drive mechanism
     
Automatic control

The SlipGate is designed to easily integrate a third party level sensor or flow meter or Rubicon’s own standalone MicronLevel® water level sensor mounted nearby. The built-in software provides seamless SCADA management of the integrated meter or sensor and the following control possibilities.
 

Control objective  
Level control When interfaced with a level sensor, the SlipGate software will collect data from the level sensor and modulate the gate to maintain a desired level in the pool immediately upstream or downstream, depending on the level sensor location.
Flow control When interfaced with a flow meter, the SlipGate software will collect data from the flow meter and modulate the gate to maintain a desired flow regardless of canal levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Low maintenance

The SlipGate’s modular design allows it to be maintained in the field with minimal tools, training, and easily replaceable parts.

  1. Easily adjustable and replaceable gate seals
  2. On-site diagnostics built into the control software
  3. Service can be done by local Rubicon field technicians or authorised/trained independent local integrators
     
Easy to install

Using a slide-in frame, Rubicon’s SlipGates are designed to retrofit to existing check type regulating structures or mount to existing headwall structures as well as mount to purpose built emplacements significantly reducing costs associated with civil work.


In most cases it can be installed and operational in two days; during irrigation or the off-season.

 

Features and Benefits

All-in-one means everything has been designed – drive system, motor control, power supply, local control keypad and telemetry – to function as one single unit. There are no integration problems or incompatibilities, it simply works.

Designed from the ground up with technological innovations, the SlipGate provides precision and reliability even under the high-duty cycles that are a consequence of automation. The patented drive system, laminated panel and unique adjustable seals remove the risk and ongoing maintenance issues associated with trying to automate existing gates.


To enable installation in those remote sites that are most costly to visit, the SlipGate is powered with a high performance solar power system. And that also means you can avoid the electricity costs often associated with automation.

In-built support for the most common SCADA software protocols and a variety of radio or GPRS options provide flexibility without compromising design integrity and reliability.
 

The SlipGate is ideal for
  1. Sites with large operational head variations
  2. Sites where level and flow measurement is not needed or already exists
  3. Automating farmer service points
  4. Gates used to evacuate channels in stormwater situations
  5. Remote locations without AC power

 

Highights
  1. Local control pedestal & display in multiple languages
  2. Sophisticated control software
  3. Designed to integrate with a level sensor or flow meter
  4. SCADA ready communication system
  5. Solar-charged or AC charged battery system
  6. Not affected by seating or unseating head
  7. High duty cycle operation and low maintenance
  8. High strength FormiPanel construction
  9. Robust CableDrive drive mechanism
     
Automatic control

The SlipGate is designed to easily integrate a third party level sensor or flow meter or Rubicon’s own standalone MicronLevel® water level sensor mounted nearby. The built-in software provides seamless SCADA management of the integrated meter or sensor and the following control possibilities.
 

Control objective  
Level control When interfaced with a level sensor, the SlipGate software will collect data from the level sensor and modulate the gate to maintain a desired level in the pool immediately upstream or downstream, depending on the level sensor location.
Flow control When interfaced with a flow meter, the SlipGate software will collect data from the flow meter and modulate the gate to maintain a desired flow regardless of canal levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Low maintenance

The SlipGate’s modular design allows it to be maintained in the field with minimal tools, training, and easily replaceable parts.

  1. Easily adjustable and replaceable gate seals
  2. On-site diagnostics built into the control software
  3. Service can be done by local Rubicon field technicians or authorised/trained independent local integrators
     
Easy to install

Using a slide-in frame, Rubicon’s SlipGates are designed to retrofit to existing check type regulating structures or mount to existing headwall structures as well as mount to purpose built emplacements significantly reducing costs associated with civil work.


In most cases it can be installed and operational in two days; during irrigation or the off-season.

 

Technologies


The SlipGate uses core technologies which are common across TCC® products:
 

Local control pedestal

Each SlipGate installation includes a robust pedestal that provides power and control to the gate and is a secure, weather proof housing for electronic components and batteries.


The pedestal also serves as a local user interface. A keypad and LCD display are located under the pedestal lid, allowing farmers to monitor, or operators to control and troubleshoot on-site.

 

 

High-strength FormiPanel™ construction

FormiPanel is Rubicon’s high-strength gate leaf construction that uses techniques adopted from the aerospace and marine industries.


The gate panel assembly is a laminate construction that utilizes high strength industrial adhesives to bond structural grade aluminum extrusions and skin plates to a synthetic core material. The result is strong, lightweight, and corrosion resistant.

 

 

CableDrive™ and SolarDrive® gate control technology

CableDrive™ is Rubicon’s actuation system designed to provide precision gate position accuracy and repeatability in harsh environments. The drive is a wire-rope (cable) and drum mechanism that provides positive drive in both the raise and lower directions. It is designed for high duty cycle operation and provides precise gate positioning to within ±0.5mm (0.02in).


The drive is managed by Rubicon’s SolarDrive technology – a purpose built integrated circuit board that manages gate positioning, solar power regulation, battery charge and the pedestal user interface.

 

 

 

Unique seal technology
Gate seals are fitted on three or four sides of the gate leaf depending upon whether the entire leaf is under water. The seals are continuous and fitted to the internal frame of the SlipGate. They extend along the full perimeter of the outer and underside of the gate panel.


Seals on both the upstream and downstream sides of the gate mean it can hold flow in both directions and is not affected by seating or unseating head.


The crush between the seals and the gate leaf wear pads can be easily adjusted to compensate for wear.  The pads are constructed with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to reduce the coefficient of friction and increase service life, especially under high duty cycles.

The unique gate leaf profile crushes the bottom seal when the gate is closed to ensure an excellent seal.

 

Technologies


The SlipGate uses core technologies which are common across TCC® products:
 

Local control pedestal

Each SlipGate installation includes a robust pedestal that provides power and control to the gate and is a secure, weather proof housing for electronic components and batteries.


The pedestal also serves as a local user interface. A keypad and LCD display are located under the pedestal lid, allowing farmers to monitor, or operators to control and troubleshoot on-site.

 

 

High-strength FormiPanel™ construction

FormiPanel is Rubicon’s high-strength gate leaf construction that uses techniques adopted from the aerospace and marine industries.


The gate panel assembly is a laminate construction that utilizes high strength industrial adhesives to bond structural grade aluminum extrusions and skin plates to a synthetic core material. The result is strong, lightweight, and corrosion resistant.

 

 

CableDrive™ and SolarDrive® gate control technology

CableDrive™ is Rubicon’s actuation system designed to provide precision gate position accuracy and repeatability in harsh environments. The drive is a wire-rope (cable) and drum mechanism that provides positive drive in both the raise and lower directions. It is designed for high duty cycle operation and provides precise gate positioning to within ±0.5mm (0.02in).


The drive is managed by Rubicon’s SolarDrive technology – a purpose built integrated circuit board that manages gate positioning, solar power regulation, battery charge and the pedestal user interface.

 

 

 

Unique seal technology
Gate seals are fitted on three or four sides of the gate leaf depending upon whether the entire leaf is under water. The seals are continuous and fitted to the internal frame of the SlipGate. They extend along the full perimeter of the outer and underside of the gate panel.


Seals on both the upstream and downstream sides of the gate mean it can hold flow in both directions and is not affected by seating or unseating head.


The crush between the seals and the gate leaf wear pads can be easily adjusted to compensate for wear.  The pads are constructed with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to reduce the coefficient of friction and increase service life, especially under high duty cycles.

The unique gate leaf profile crushes the bottom seal when the gate is closed to ensure an excellent seal.

 

Specifications

General
Data interface Local display (4 line LCD with keypad), Modbus serial, data radio
Unit of measure User definable (metric/imperial (US))
Keypad language Supported languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Italian
Data tags 140+ available for integration into SCADA systems
Control Local or remote via SCADA
Drive mechanism  CableDrive™ stainless steel wire rope and cable drum assembly for precision positioning and long life
Electronics  SolarDrive® power management and control technology housed in the local control pedestal. Each unit passes a 12hr heat soak pre-stress and 100% functional test.
Typical weight  Refer to SlipGate data sheet
Motor  12V DC; 28AH
Seating/unseating head Not affected by seating or unseating head due to the unique double sided seal
Gate position  256 count magnetic encoder
Seal performance  <0.1 gallons/minute/foot of seal (exceeds AWWA C513 leakage standards)
Actuation options  12V DC powered (solar); 120V AC powered; manual with hand-crank or car battery
Material
Frames  Extruded marine grade aluminum 
Gate panels  Composite laminate construction using marine grade aluminum sheet bonded to RTM Styrofoam on aluminum extrusion
Hardware  Stainless steel
Shafts  Stainless steel
Seals  EDPM rubber (Durometer 70 (Shore A))
PVC PVC
Power
Power supply  12VDC self-contained battery charged from solar panel or AC line power
Solar panel  85W monocrystalline
Batteries  (2) or (3) 12V 28 Ampere-hour sealed gel lead acid with temperature sensor (~5yr life, provides ~5 days of operation without solar or AC line power)
Communications
Protocols  DNP3, MDLC, Modbus

Specifications subject to change

 

Specifications

General
Data interface Local display (4 line LCD with keypad), Modbus serial, data radio
Unit of measure User definable (metric/imperial (US))
Keypad language Supported languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Italian
Data tags 140+ available for integration into SCADA systems
Control Local or remote via SCADA
Drive mechanism  CableDrive™ stainless steel wire rope and cable drum assembly for precision positioning and long life
Electronics  SolarDrive® power management and control technology housed in the local control pedestal. Each unit passes a 12hr heat soak pre-stress and 100% functional test.
Typical weight  Refer to SlipGate data sheet
Motor  12V DC; 28AH
Seating/unseating head Not affected by seating or unseating head due to the unique double sided seal
Gate position  256 count magnetic encoder
Seal performance  <0.1 gallons/minute/foot of seal (exceeds AWWA C513 leakage standards)
Actuation options  12V DC powered (solar); 120V AC powered; manual with hand-crank or car battery
Material
Frames  Extruded marine grade aluminum 
Gate panels  Composite laminate construction using marine grade aluminum sheet bonded to RTM Styrofoam on aluminum extrusion
Hardware  Stainless steel
Shafts  Stainless steel
Seals  EDPM rubber (Durometer 70 (Shore A))
PVC PVC
Power
Power supply  12VDC self-contained battery charged from solar panel or AC line power
Solar panel  85W monocrystalline
Batteries  (2) or (3) 12V 28 Ampere-hour sealed gel lead acid with temperature sensor (~5yr life, provides ~5 days of operation without solar or AC line power)
Communications
Protocols  DNP3, MDLC, Modbus

Specifications subject to change