CARLSBAD, Calif. (December 4, 2007) â€“ Linear LLC, an innovator in the access control security market, today announced the release of the ApeXâ„¢, its next-generation gate operator controller. The APeX is designed to work with all of Linearâ€™s OSCO brand gate operators, and to replace current circuit boards with a new design that is simpler and sleeker, while also integrating a number of convenient features, and providing greater integration between the gate operator and the access control system.
The new APeX gate operator controller has been designed to operate with Linearâ€™s OSCO brand of slide, swing gate operators and barrier gate operators. It features on-board, low-voltage surge protection for lightning protection on all inputs. It also has plug-in loop detector capability (open, shadow/reset, reversing), as well as pluggable, European-style field wiring connectors. There are LED diagnostic lights and a built-in MegaCode radio that can program up to 40 handheld transmitters and two MGT gate edge transmitters, as well as an integrated three-button station (momentary contact: Open, Close, Stop). To simplify dual gate installation and operation, the APeX is networkable, and allows accessory devices to be wired to either machine in a dual gate application. The APeX controller also features automatically resetting fuses, and there are no dipswitches or potentiometers to set. It has a dual seven segment LED display for programming and diagnostics. The APeX controller will also bring soft-start / soft-stop capability to OSCOâ€™s line of commercial DC battery backup gate operators. The APeX controller meets all UL 325 requirements and is CUL listed.
â€œThe APeX controller puts Linear / OSCO gate operators ahead of the competition in terms of diagnostics, aesthetics, and communications â€“ features that offer a level of installer convenience and flexibility unprecedented in the industry,â€ said Randy Baker, Linearâ€™s OSCO Product Line Manager. â€œIt easily integrates with both the gate operators and the access control systems, and offers a new level of simplicity for installers and users.â€
The APeX is currently available on the OSCO slide gate models (SLC, SLR, and SLD) and swing gate models (SWC, SWR, and SWD). Throughout 2008, the APeX controller will be introduced to the rest of the Linear/OSCO gate operator product line, including barrier gates (BGU, BGU-D, BGUS, and SG), variable speed industrial swing gate operators (VS-GSWG), commercial/industrial slide gate operators (HSLG, GSLG-A), and variable speed industrial slide gate operators (VS-GSLG).