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2023 Buyer's Guide to Tripod Turnstiles: Types, Pros and Cons

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Update time : 2023-01-01 18:57:00

1. What is tripod turnstile? 

    1.1 what is a tripod turnstile made of?

   1.2 How wide are tripod turnstiles?

    1.3 What are tripod turnstiles used for?

   1.4 What types of tripod turnstiles are there?

2. How to configure the most suitable turnstile gate?

3. How much does a tripod turnstile cost?

4. How to maintain tripod turnstiles?

5. Common problems and solutions for tripod turnstiles

     



1. What is tripod turnstile? 

Tripod turnstile is an entry-level pedestrian gate. Its waist-high cabinet comes with three swivel sticks that enforce a one-person entry/exit at a time. Combined with the access control system, tripod turnstiles can efficiently control and guide the access crowd for certain buildings or locations.

 

 1.1 what is a tripod turnstile made of?

Compared with other classes of security turnstiles, tripod turnstiles are simpler in structure. It basically consists of 5 parts: cabinet, three sticks, mechanism, control module and auxiliary components.
Cabinet:
Material of tripod turnstile cabinet is often 304 or 316 stainless steel, while the auxiliary materials include plexiglass, tempered glass, resin, stone, or wood. Turnstiles offer enhanced access control by both sensing and When selecting materials, the following qualities should be taken into account: durability, aesthetic appeal, resistance to deformation, anti-scratch and anti-scratch, resistance to rust and corrosion, and ease of processing and repair.
Mechanism

For reliable funcitoning and silent operation, Macrosafe use more expensive electromagnet or motor drive mechanism instead of lower-cost solenoid mechanism. The mature and stable mechanism ensures that tirpod turnstiles can operate at least 5 million times wiith extremely low maintenance.



Three sticks:
The blocking body of  tripod turnstile is composed of three stainless steel sticks. Each time the control system receives an opening signal, it will be unlocked once, and the blocking body can be rotated 120 degrees to allow a person to pass through.
Turnstile ontrol module:
Microprocessors typically employ single-chip microcomputers; however, if the control system is complex or must be integrated with a large number of other systems (including ticketing systems, access control systems, etc.) and the response time is extremely fast, it is necessary to use higher performance. ARM or possibly Cortex-based CPUs.
The basic control circuit is often implemented by the main control board, the motor control board, and the auxiliary control board, but the complicated control circuit (such as the subway ticket gate) requires a specialized industrial computer to implement additional functions.
Auxiliary components:
Including modules for counting, LED indications, voice prompts, optical detectors, and alarm modules, among others.
Counting module: utilized to record the number of persons passing by, which may be presented through LED digital tube or display screen, allowing managers to intuitively determine if the management area is overcrowded;
LED indicator: Typically formed of an LED dot matrix or LED display, it is used to signal the passing status and direction of the gate. Additional prompt information, such as text or patterns, may be customized.
Voice prompt module: mostly used to notify the user to display the pass certificate, pass status, and other pertinent information.
Alarm system: used to prompt or warn users and managers to stop illegal behavior. These conditions include abnormal gates, illegal passage, power-on self-test, etc. The alarm methods include buzzer (comparatively common), light, voice, etc. 

 1.2 How wide are tripod turnstiles?

Most of the three-roller gate size is 120*28*98cm (L*W*H), which is 28cm (about 11 inches), and the length of the stick is 51cm (about 20 inches).

Macrosafe has also developed several slimmer models with more slender footprint, which are ideal for some entrances with limited space size. Please Check MS01G1 and MS02G1. And MS07G is directly mounted on the wall without occupying any floor area.

Slim tripod turnstiles

tripod turnstile    

 
 

1.3 What are tripod turnstiles used for?

Thanks to the unique mechanical mechanism of tripod turnstiles, it can force only one person to enter or leave at a time, which fundamentally eliminates the possibility of tailgating. Therefore tripod turnstiles are perfect for places that require ticket checking, such as scenic spots, amusement parks, cinemas, gyms, sports centers, etc.
In addition, tripod turnstile can used to refuse unauthorized entry, wrong direction entry, etc., then intelligently manage the flow of people and ensure the safety of the building. It is more compatible with the building alarm system. In the event of a fire or other emergency, the tripod turnstile will automatically unlock, allowing users to leave freely and safely.

1.4 What types of tripod turnstiles are there?

Manual tripod turnstile: manually operated tripod turnstile is one that is entirely mechanical and devoid of any electrical components. It restricts access in one way and only allows entrance or leave in that direction. Automatically find and reset the system with a swipe of the card. The construction is straightforward, and passing requires only a gentle hand press of the brake lever.

Semi-automatic tripod turnstile: This improved version of the manual tripod turnstile has one motor or two electromagnets to regulate how the in and out direction is locked and unlocked. When the passage has been given the go-ahead, the positioning arm of the movement is opened, the unlocking arm is driven to unlock by an electromagnet, the release lever may be turned 120 degrees in one direction, and the user can then gently press the lever to pass through the opening. The access authority will be revoked if the user does not pass after verifying the information within the allotted time.

Fully automatic tripod turnstile: Although it goes by a different name, the fully automatic tripod turnstile is essentially an electric tripod turnstile. A motor is a feature of the fully automatic tripod turnstile, and it powers the turnstile's whole functioning. The power is automatically switched on, which is very convenient to use, at the same time that the motor causes the brake lever to revolve.

The brake lever on the fully automatic tripod turnstile will automatically rotate forward at an angle of around 5 degrees once the card has been swiped, and will then automatically spin and reset after being softly touched by the body. This is due to a motor that powers the completely automated tripod turnstile's inside. The fully automatic anti-tailing effect is excellent, so some places that need to strictly regulate the number of people, such as children's playgrounds, theme parks, cinemas, scenic spots, water parks, gymnasiums, etc. , more inclined to install fully automatic type.

Tripod turnstiles that people often say are generally semi-automatic tripod turnstiles: People use their bodies to press the brake lever forward and pass after swiping the card;

As noted above, the fundamental distinction between an automated tripod turntable, a semi-automatic tripod turntable, and a manual tripod turntable is whether or not they include a motor. Customers can choose the appropriate style according to the needs and budget of the project.

2. How to configure the most suitable turnstile gate?

When customers buy a tripod turnstile, they often ask: how much does a tripod turnstile cost? But in fact, the price of a tripod turnstile is not static, from its own material, finish, size, drive mode and its additional Features and accessories, will affect the final price. Different configuration, its appearance and function are not the same, the price is not the same. The following factors need to be considered when configuring tripod turnstiles:

Tripod turnstiles themselves:

1.Material: Most of the tripod turnstiles are made of 304. In some places with extremely acidic air or high humidity, such as leather factories, printing and dyeing factories, paper factories, electroplating factories, oil refineries, seaside hotels, sea parks, etc., it is recommended to use SUS 316 stainless steel with higher anti-rust and anti-corrosion properties. Besides stainless steel, there are many other options such as marble, wood, acrylic, tempered glass and many more
tripod turnstile brushed 304 stainless steel
2. Finishing: Some high-end luxury places, such as five-star hotels, company headquarters, shopping malls, clubs, etc., can choose customized powder coating, electroplating paint and other patterns to better fit the overall building or facility. image.
3. Driving mode: as mentioned above, the driving modes of tripod turnstiles are divided into fully automatic (motor-driven), semi-automatic and manual. They have their own advantages and disadvantages, and you can choose the appropriate one according to the project needs and budget.
4. Size: The regular size of tripod turnstiles is 1200*280*980, Macrosafe provides more mini with small footprint tripod turnstiles for places with limited space.

Additional features:

1. Access control system: Tripod turnstiles are compatible with various access system hardware and software, such as push to exit button, proximity reader, badge reader, biometric access control systm, card access system and others.
2.Number of lanes:
Tripod turnstiles are one of the few security turnstiles that can provide two lanes in a cabinet, providing higher throughput in the least amount of space.
 

tripod turnstile gate     stadium turnstiles


3. People counter:
The gate equipped with a counter can accurately count the number of people entering or leaving, so that the administrator can better control the number of people in the venue. This function is very important in the current Covid-19 epidemic era.
4. Display:
The display screen can display the identity information of the entering personnel in real time. If it is used in the office, it can display its number, department, photo, etc. If it is used in an amusement park or scenic spot in combination with the
ticketing system, it will display the information of the ticket holder and the ticket, such as daily, monthly, annual or one-time tickets. Sex tickets, as well as valid time, valid times, etc.


 

3. How much does a tripod turnstile cost?

Prices for Tripod turnstiles range from $200 to $500, depending on configuration and materials.
There are more models here, welcome to contact us for quotation.

4. How to maintain tripod turnstiles?

1. External maintenance of the equipment:
Most tripod turnstiles are made of domestic SU304 stainless steel. Although 304 stainless steel is anti-rust and anti-corrosion, it does not mean that it is 100% rust-free. If it can be maintained regularly, it can ensure the stable operation of the gate and prolong its service life.

Specific maintenance methods: clean the surface every week, remove dust and acid rain, clean the surface of the main box with a thin cloth, and apply rust inhibitor. Hand touch, otherwise it will destroy the actual effect of surface anti-rust treatment. If the surface is painted, wipe the dust on the lower surface, if there is any scratch, repair it with the same color paint.

2. Maintenance of the movement:
Keeping the equipment's movement in good working order is essential. A monthly maintenance is typically required, where the top cover is opened and the power supply is disconnected. Add butter or high-concentration car oil after cleaning up the dust on it and part of the transmission system.
Make sure that none of the parts are damaged. Whenever the distance between the positioning arm and the positioning plate exceeds 3mm, the positioning arm should be tightened in order to achieve a normal gap of 1-1.5mm.
Inspect the standard parts for looseness and tighten them as necessary.
It is advisable to add butter or car oil to the valve core of the relay moderately, in order to reduce frictional resistance and ensure that the relay is properly lubricated during its up and down motion. Be careful not to overdo it.


3. Maintenance of the internal cables:
Using the prior application as a guide, determine if there is an issue with the motor control component. If there is no issue, check whether the switching power supply is wrapped in several ways, whether the cable is brittle, and whether the cable has been replaced. If there is no issue, refer to the tripod turnstile's instructions for usage and examine the major parameters everywhere.


 

5. Common problems and solutions for tripod turnstiles

The most typical style of pedestrian gate is a tripod turnstile. The market has acknowledged its extraordinary simplicity, ease, and anti-trailing impact, among other attributes. It has also become a perfect option for several companies, villages, beautiful areas, theatres, and ports.

As an electrical device, Tirpod turnstiles are susceptible to different operational issues. If you are able to anticipate frequent errors and their remedies, you will be able to fix the issues in time so as not to disrupt the end-users' usual use.

The indication light of the tripod turnstile does not illuminate.
Check the power supply or the fuse.

There is an impact noise when the tripod turnstile is opened.
Solution: adjust the damper's strength

The buzzing sound occurs when the tripod turnstile is opened.
Solution: adjust the four corner screws of the electromagnet to lower the electromagnet's pull-in gap.

Problem: tripod turnstile cannot be opened.
Solution:
Check the control panel and the electromagnet screw for looseness or damage.
The drive board of the three-roller gate should be inspected. It is common at this point to short-circuit the input end of the drive board (1# open gate or 2# open gate input), and if the solenoid valve or green light responds, the input is functioning properly.

Problem: tripod turnstile arm cannot be lifted manually
1. Check if the electromagnet of the power-off drop bar attracts the iron block.
2. Check if the electromagnet of the power-down rod has a DC12V power source.
3. Check if the electromagnetic device of the power-off drop bar presses against the spring plate in the turntable. If so, raise the entire apparatus so that the two do not collide.


After reading the above article, you have a preliminary understanding of some common problems and solutions of three roller gates. If you have any other questions, please contact Macrosafe technical staff for assistance.
 

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