You've seen how handy our window blind and shade systems are; now you can use the same safe, low voltage technology to open and close your windows. We also have a wireless, battery operated opener.
It is easy to adapt these chain drive units to most types of windows and skylights because they do not need to rotate in any way like hinged units do. The flex chain simply emerges from the housing in a straight line and pushes the window or skylight open (or anything else you want to move).
It should be noted that window openers can be dangerous to children and adults as they normally have a considerable amount of force that is used to draw the window closed and provide security. There is more than enough force to crush fingers of small children and/or cause injury to adults, pets, or other animals.
If you need to motorize a window or other object where there is a potential danger because the motor is within normal reach, you should consider using a screen or some other method of keeping fingers away from the actuator mechanism. They will automatically stop if an obstruction is sensed, but there's still more than enough force to inure fingers and hands.
It is important to understand that even the battery unit can exert a push/pull force of approximately 15 lbs before the obstruction sensor will stop it. Please keep this in mind if you are operating a powered window or skylight where children, adults or pets can reach it.
The locking mechanism of the battery unit is activated by a separate motor, so this unit does not rely on brute force for security, like other chain drive systems. It simply slides a solid locking mechanism in place once the window is closed.
It is a completely wireless solution and very easy to install. It runs on 4 AA batteries for approximately 6 years! It is controlled by a simple IR remote, or with our optional RF remote control RollerNode™ system (same as our blind motors) when used with our RollerNode™ relay version.
You can buy these battery powered electric window openers in our online store.
If you are planning to use actuators for lifting heavy skylights, you can offset the weight of the skylight with gas shocks, torsion springs, or external counterweights. We have customers that have used gas shocks very successfully (the type used for the rear door of a minivan), reducing the amount of lifting force required to just a push of a finger.
For other applications, here's our standard series 12 volt electric window opener for controlling vents, windows, skylights, shutters and any other item you would like to move with a motorized actuator. It can be controlled by a simple switch, or with our optional remote controls. The unit can exert a push/pull force of approximately 20 lbs before the obstruction sensor will stop it.
You can also use it with our RollerNode™ programmable controller that responds to the same multi-channel remote controls used by our blind and shade motors. It has a built-in LED output too, so you can control blinds, shades, window openers and lighting all from the same remote. You can also extend our system with the Vera wifi link and use your phone, tablet or laptop to control all these devices (and other items) from home or while you are away.
The linear chain actuator pushes straight out from the fixed housing which lines up unobtrusively with your window frame, fastened in place with mounting screws. Attach the end of the chain actuator to the window with two screws and you're done!
The flex link direct push drive has a 300mm stroke (~12"), the opening/closing force is approximately 20 lbs (9 kg), current consumption is ~1.5 A.
Use it to control the motion of anything you want, including windows, greenhouse vents, skylights, etc.
It can be adapted to work with most types of windows: single hung, double hung, hinged casement, skylights, etc. The internal electronics provide motor overload cutoff and travel limit stops.
Please see below for details and photographs showing how to install these units. The installation is quite simple and you can use these with our RollerNode controller, which gives you the ability to control these units with the same multi-channel remotes that control blind and shade motors and LED lighting.
Please keep in mind you can also use them with our web enabled USB transceiver, which further extends control to your phone, tablet, laptop or any other web enabled device (whether at home or away).
This article contains more information about web and wifi enabled control:
Care should be exercised when these units are installed where adults or children could get fingers caught in a closing window - serious injury could result. Use of insect screens can help eliminate this possibility.
We sincerely hope you enjoy using these advanced motors; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!