Automated Woodworking Blast Gate System

"Put sawdust where it belongs, in the penalty box."

The Gate Goalie Automated Blast Gate System is designed to keep sawdust collection in the woodworking shop convenient and efficient.

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The Gate Goalie Automated Blast Gate System simplifies the process of needing to open and close blast gates and the turning on and off of the dust collector in the woodworking shop.

Typical Shop Dust Collection Systems

Many home and custom cabinet shop dust collection systems consist of a Dust Collector and a manually operated blast gate at each tool location to open or close the vacuum path between the tool and the dust collector.  This method for milling the wood involves the following list of tasks.

Task 1 - Close any previously opened blast gates.

Task 2 - Open the blast gate for the tool to be used.

Task 3 - Turn on the dust collector.

Task 4 - Turn on the tool.

Task 5 - Perform the wood milling task.

Task 6 - Turn off the tool.

Task 7 - Turn off the dust collector.

Gate Goalie Dust Collection

With the Gate Goalie Automated Blast Gate System the task list becomes much simpler.

Task 1 - Turn on the tool. (The blast gate opens and the dust collector turns on.)

Task 2 - Perform the wood milling task.

Task 3 - Turn off the tool. (The dust collector turns off and the blast gate closes.)

 

You are done!

Gate Goalie Overview

The Gate Goalie System is designed to automate the dust collector and blast gate functions in your wood shop.  The system has been engineered around using a pneumatic controlled blast gate and a wired communication network.  At this time Gate Goalie's main business is not in the manufacturing of the blast gates themselves but does offer some solutions and components to create functional blast gates for your shop based on what type of collection pipe you are using or will be using in your dust collection design.

The best way to get the most efficient dust collection in a small shop is to only have one path open at a time between the tool being used for milling and the dust collector.  In order to accomplish this a blast gate at each tool is installed. The only blast gate open is the one at the tool being used and all other gates are closed.

A very informative site about dust collection in the woodworking shop can be found here:

Wireless Dust Collector Power Switching

Dust collector wireless remote power control is available from third party vendors and many newer model dust collectors are including a wireless remote power control feature built in.  This does save footsteps walking to and from the dust collector power switch.  Our experience with the wireless remote systems has been that occasionally the dust collector would turn on when there was no one in the shop. Many times we would have to move the remote around pressing the on or off button to find a good location to get the remote signal to communicate successfully. Then there is the miss placed remote control problem.  Wireless remote collector power control just did not always work like the theory of how it should work for us and it doesn’t cut out any of the seven task steps listed above.

Gate Goalie Components

  • Sensor Enclosure

    • An electrical current sensor is attached to the outside of the woodworking tool’s power cord. The sensor connects to the Blast Gate Enclosure.​

  • Blast Gate Enclosure

    • The Blast Gate Enclosure controls the opening and closing of the blast gate for a particular woodworking tool and sends a signal back to the Main Panel Enclosure to activate the dust collector.

  • Main Panel Enclosure

    • The Main Panel Enclosure is the home base for all of the Blast Gate Enclosures and it controls turning the dust collector on and off when a tool is turned on and off.

  • Dust Collector Power Control Enclosure

    • The Dust Collector Power Control Enclosure is where the electrical power for the dust collector is switched on and off. The configuration of this enclosure depends on the power consumption needs of your model dust collector.

Blast Gate Components

  • Air Cylinder

    • An air cylinder is the part that mechanically controls the blast gate damper to open and close. These are available in 4 inch and 6 inch stroke lengths depending on your dust collection system design needs.

  • Air Solenoid

    • The Air solenoid is the part that actuates the air cylinder to open and close the blast gate slide.

  • Polyurethane Tubing

    • The polyurethane tubing is light weight flexible tubing which carries the compressed air from the compressor to the air solenoid and from there to the air cylinder.

  • Push to Connect Fittings

    • The PTC (Push to Connect) fittings are used to connect the polyurethane tubing to the air solenoid and from there to the air cylinder. Running air lines using the polyurethane tubing and the PTC fittings makes the process very easy.

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