Habitat Screen Motorized Operator Options

Motorized Operators – An Overview

Talius offers two main motor options for Habitat Screens, Standard Limit Motors, and Somfy RTS Motors. Both motor types are available in a variety of torque capacities to operate any size of Habitat Screen.

Standard Limit Motors

High-quality Standard Limit tubular motors are designed for reliable, long-lasting, maintenance-free operation.  These motors are hard-wired, with hard-wired switches, and feature mechanical limits. The standard limit motor can be operated with the flip of a switch or the push of a button.  Choose from a variety of controls including:  single switches for individual operation such as Decora Paddle Switches or Keyswitches, or add relays to allow for group control of multiple Talius products from one master location.

Standard Features: 

  • 110v/60 Hz
  • CSA and UL certified
  • Thermal overload switch
  • 6’ Motor cable

Somfy RTS Motors

Somfy Radio Technology (RTS) products provide flexible, convenient options. Somfy RTS motors feature built-in radio frequency receivers and electronic limit switches for simple programming.  The motors can be operated via hand-held transmitter(s), wireless wall switches, timers, or even from the convenience of your smartphone. When combined with the appropriate interface, this motor will integrate with your fire alarm, or building automation system.

Standard Features: 

  • 110 v/60 Hz
  • CSA and UL certified
  • Thermal overload switch
  • Interim stop position
  • Standard 6’ cable, but 12’, 18’ and 24’ cable options are available

Motor Preparation Package

Purchase this package with your manual operator if you are concerned that your customer may find it difficult to operate the manual Habitat Screen in future years, or if your customer simply does not wish to spend the additional cost for a motorized operator at this time but may want to motorize in the future. This package installs during manufacturing all the necessary components, except the motor and switch, for motorized operation. This makes it less time consuming and expensive for the customer to convert to a motorized operator at a later time. The customer simply purchases a motor and switch in the future, and the installer can easily remove the existing manual operator and field-install the new motor and switch, without any further components.

Switches for Standard Limit Motors

If you have selected your Habitat Screen with standard limit motorized operation, you’ll need to select an appropriate switching device for your motor. Numerous options exist from simple switches and key switches, to Group Control, Timers, and Remote Control. The following pages contain typical switching components that you may select from. For more special switching requirements, such as sun and wind sensors or home automated controls, please contact Inside Sales for additional switching solutions that may be available for your application.

Standard Limit Motor Switches

Standard limit motors are easily operated with the flip of a switch or the push of a button. Choose from a variety of controls including:

  • Single switches for individual operation.
  • Group controls for operating multiple Talius products from one location.
  • Timer switches for convenient, automated opening and closing.

What is the difference between Maintained and Momentary Switches?

Maintained switches are three-position switches featuring an up, down and stop position. Maintained switches are designed to allow the user to operate the switch in the direction of their choice (up or down) and the switch will operate the Habitat ScreenTM continuously until it has hit its upper or lower limit unless otherwise interrupted in the stop position.

NOTE: Maintained switches allow the operator to let go of the switch and allow the motor to keep running until it reaches its upper or lower limit.

Momentary switches are three-position switches featuring an up, down, and stop position. Momentary switches are designed to allow the user full control of the operation of the Habitat ScreenTM by having to keep contact with the switch in the direction of their choice (up or down) and the ability to stop the operation by releasing their hold on the switch.

Momentary switches are ideal for areas in which safety of small children or animals is a concern, or where the operator needs to monitor the operation of the Habitat ScreenTM to ensure that it does not project downward on any objects that may damage the objects or the Habitat ScreenTM.

Standard Limit Motor Component Options

Standard limit motors are easily operated with the flip of a switch or the push of a button. For group controls please contact Talius at 1-800-665-5550.

Standard Limit Motor Operator Wall Switches

Switches for Somfy RTS Motors

If you have selected your Habitat Screen with Somfy RTS motorized operation, you’ll need to select an appropriate switching device. One of the benefits of the Somfy RTS option is the ability to easily operate multiple units from a single transmitter. Talius offers transmitters that allow for the operation of up to 16 units on a single transmitter.

Somfy transmitters have a range of approximately 65’ through double reinforced concrete. However, this range can vary slightly based on factors such as interference, building construction, wiring, and location of components. If you find that you are having this issue or that you need a longer range an RTS Repeater can be used to extend the range of the signal.

Somfy RTS Motors also allow for control with sun sensors to provide maximum sun protection for your customer. Sun sensors automatically lower Habitat Screen units when the sun hits the sensor and raise when the sun sets. This allows for maximum sun protection and therefore energy efficiency.

Control Your Habitat Screen with Your Phone

The Somfy myLinkTM allows you to use your smartphone to control your Habitat Screen, even when away from home. The myLink allows for full control of your Habitat Screen and includes individual control, group control, remote access and a 7-day schedule.

Somfy RTS Handheld Transmitters

Lets you operate a motorized Habitat ScreenTM from anywhere in or around the building. These compact hand-held transmitters are personally coded for maximum security with up, stop and down push bottoms make using them just as easy as a wall switch.

Somfy RTS Wall Switches

Somfy RTS Patio Transmtters

Patio transmitters are shock and water resistant making them ideal for decks, patios or other outdoor usage

Somfy RTS Specialty Switches