Electric roller shutters, blinds and awnings help you to maintain the ideal temperature and protect your home against burglary. The added thermal insulation from electric roller shutters can help to reduce your heating and energy bills drastically too.
A smooth running tubular motor is quiet, low maintenance and can be quickly integrated into all good existing home automation systems.
Electric belt winders vs tubular motors
Anyone that is interested in installing electric roller shutters in their home or workplace has two options:
An electric belt winder
An electric belt winder opens and closes your roller blinds easily and effortlessly. There are models available for all types of belt box which makes retrofitting these quick and simple. There’s no need to replace the roller shutter shaft or lay a supply cable either, and the belt winder also saves space.
It’s easy to add more features as and when you need them, there are modules for everything from a timer to insulation additives.
A tubular motor
A tubular motor sits on the roller shutter shaft and drives it. There the roller blind is rolled up. This option offers more control and automation as standard. Radio-powered motors are not only convenient, but they also remove all those annoying cables. Some models can be controlled remotely if you need to pop out unexpectedly or even from a sunny beach!
The decisive advantage of tubular motors over electrical belt winders is safety. Tubular motors block the roller shutter curtain when the screen is down, and anti-lift protection provides the necessary security. You can identify high-quality tubular motors by their almost loss-free power transmission.
7 Steps To Install Electric Roller Shutters
Screw the motor mount onto the motor head.
Slide the shaft adapter up to the stop ring on the motor head. To do this, you must pull the inner groove of the adapter over the rebate of the rotor ring.
Place the driver on the motor journal or the inner expansion clamps until they engage. The screwed-on metal plate should face outwards.
Slide the motor carefully into the roller shutter shaft until the adapter ring stops. Position the adapter and driver so that they fit into the intended recess in the inner groove of the shaft. It is essential to prevent the shaft from slipping off the adapter or rotor ring to avoid later problems during installation!
Slide the shaft capsule over the shaft on the other side and then screw on the motor bearing and counter bearing in the roller shutter box so that the roller shutter shaft is balanced. Then you can push the ball bearing against the axle pin.
Now start mounting the motor. Place the ball bearing in the counter bearing and position the motor with the square motor in the motor bearing. Then place the ball bearing firmly in the bearing shell of the counter bearing and press it in place. Fix the motor square with the cotter pin in the engine mount by slightly expanding the latter. Tip: By pulling out the shaft capsule, you can compensate for any inaccuracies of up to 40 mm.
After installation, you need to adjust the tubular motor. When calibrating the paths and end points, work as accurately as possible to avoid problems later on. The upper endpoint should be set with 2-3 cm spacing. First, connect the motor to the power supply and set it to the “Roller shutter open” position. Then follow the first opening cycle. Use the “+” adjustment screw to move the roller shutter to the desired position and open it again. Repeat this process until the roller shutter has reached the desired position. Once the opening cycle is set, repeat the same steps to set the closing mechanism. Tip: During initial installation, the motor should stop at the top and bottom roller shutter end positions. If this is not the case, disconnect the motor from the mains and correct the limit stops.
Save time and money with smart tools
If you don’t want to lay new cables, you may want to consider radio tube motors. These allow you to control individual shutters or a group from the comfort of your sofa!
Unsightly buttons disappear entirely, which enhances the appearance of the living space.
Wireless radio controlled shutters enable you to set individual daily and weekly programmes to raise and lower the blinds automatically. The control works using time switches. In addition to the daily or weekly programmes, many models also offer random programmes that protect against fraudulent activity and can act as a deterrent to burglars. There are also holiday programmes, sun and twilight sensors as well as the automatic changeover from summer to winter time.
Smart home concepts offer a further benefit to security and cost savings. It’s possible to control roller shutters and awnings as well as other components like heating or lighting conveniently through apps on your phone. Schellenberg, a specialist in this technology, for example, offers smart home solutions that make your home intelligent in just a few steps. The products are intuitively controllable and easy to install. The modular structure of the smart home concept allows you to add new components quickly without over-complication.