Motorising (and wiring) a roller shutter ?

Do you have a Manual Roller Shutter and want to motorise it?
It's simpler than you think, below we show you how

In this video we show you how to transform your Manual Roller Shutter into a Motorised Shutter. We use the example of a 'Renovation' type Roller Shutter, which has it's own roller box. If your Roller Shutter is "Traditional" model type, with the mechanism integrated above the window, see the dedicated video by clicking HERE

Summary

  • AvosDim motorised tube

    • Choose the motor type

    • Determine the strength brand

    • Select the motor strength

  • Electrical wiring

    • RF remote control motor

    • Switch control motor

1 - AvosDim motorised tube

Motorised roller tubes are the economical and practical solution for those wishing to upgrade their manual Roller Shutter for the first time. Sold as a complete pack, we supply all the necessary parts for the conversion; roller tube, motor, motor adapters, motor support, switch or remote control, slat curtain clips...

Follow the steps below to get the best results!

Choose the motor type

RF remote control motor technology

A wireless RF remote control raises and lowers the shutter.
Find on our site this motor technology under the AvosDim and Somfy ® brands in particular.

Wired switch motor technology

The raising, lowering and stopping of the motor are managed from a hard-wired switch.
Find this motor technology on our website under the AvosDim and Somfy ® brands in particular.

 

For both Roller Shutter Motor technologies, the motor requires electrical wiring. The solar powered roller shutter motors bypass electrical work.

Determine the brand

Now that you are targeting the technology that meets your expectations, it is time to position yourself on the brand of the motor integrated in the Motorized Shaft Kit for Roller Shutter. Our site offers 2 brands, each declined in technology filaire, remote control / RTS and IO.

AvosDim: a whole range of Shutter motors at your service for more than 10 years. Ten year warranty. Engines with useful and now connected features. The radio shutter motor is also compatible with the Box Connectée 005313, for manipulation from a smartphone, at home or on vacation.
A nice price which makes it THE quality / price ratio par excellence.

Somfy:the reputation of this innovative brand is well established. The control points are scalable and constantly offer new functionalities. The cost is higher than the Volet AvosDim motors, nevertheless it is interesting to opt for this brand if you already have moteurs radio Somfy ® or partner brands(1) in order to make groupings on the same order point.

Somfy propose two motor types, the RTS and the IO. The IO is what allows full use of the features of the box connectée Tahoma.Transmitters to be compatible must be RTS or IO depending on the chosen engine technology.

(1)Pairing with other brands (eg Velux ®, Honeywell ®, Niko ®, Hitachi ®,...). Complete list to consult on the Somfy website.

Select motor strength

The motor power must be chosen with suitable power for the shutter curtain weight.
Underestimating may cause irreversible damage. Motor power is expressed in Newtons (Nm). A Newton lifts approximately 2kg. Each product sheet reminds you how to calculate the power required, depending on your shutter dimensions and their materials. It's very simple look:

Slat curtain weight = width (m) x (height (m) + 0.2) x (weight m2*)

*Slat weight estimates: PVC 4kg/m², ALU 4.5kg/m², Wood 11kg/m²

You should now have the weight of your slat curtain, and be able to choose your motorised tube pack. 

Our best-selling motorised tube packs:

  1. motorisation pack avosdim up to 3500mm

    AvosDim motorisation kit

    ø60mm tube - switch control

    As low as £64.90
  2. AvosDim Motorisation Kit

    AvosDim Motorisation Kit

    ø60mm tube - remote control

    As low as £89.90
  3. Somfy wired switch motorisation kit 3500mm

    SOMFY ® motorisation kit

    ø60mm tube - switch control

    As low as £98.90

2 - Electrical wiring

RF remote control motor

Standards

For the installation of a roller shutter, the NFC 15-100 standard (FR) requires the creation of a specialised circuit. For this you will need one or more (depending on the number of roller shutters to be installed) 16A circuit breakers with a 1.5mm² diameter conductor or a 20A circuit breaker with a 2.5mm² section conductor.

Necessary tools:

  • Motorised roller shutter
  • Stripping pliers and cutting pliers
  • ICTA sheath (diameter 16 mm or 20 mm as a general rule)
  • One or more junction boxes to isolate the electrical connections
  • Electric cable section 1.5mm² (red, blue, black, brown and green/yellow)

How to connect your remote control roller shutter

For RF remote control technology motors, the power supply is sent directly to the roller shutter motor, via a junction box or spur generally located next to the roller shutter (flush-mounted or surface-mounted) near the motor. The receiver system is integrated into the engine.

1. Place the motors flexible power cable in a moulding, or trunking if it is visible or in the ICTA sheath if it is intended to be recessed.

2. Feed the motor cable into the control box (or junction box) with the 3-wire 220v power supply (Phase / Neutral / Earth).

3. Connect the green/yellow cable (Earth) of the roller shutter motor to that of the power supply. Connect the blue neutral conductor of the motor to the blue wire of the power supply.

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Legend: Remote control hard-wired switch connection diagram

4. Connect the live phase of the brown or red power supply, to the brown wire on the motor cable

5. Check for short circuit after wiring with ohmmeter.

6. Turn on the power with the circuit breaker.

7. Try the roller shutter, check and if necessary adjust the limit switches using the instructions provided with the motor.

Wired switch motor

How to connect your wired electric roller shutter

1. Place the motor flex cable in a moulding, or trunking if it is visible or in the ICTA sheath if it is intended to be recessed.

2. Feed the motor cable to the control box (or junction box) with the 3-wire 220V power supply (Phase / Neutral / Earth).

3. Connect the green/yellow cable (Earth) of the roller shutter motor to that of the power supply.

4. Connect the neutral conductor (Blue wire) of the motor cable to the blue wire of the power supply.

5. Connect the live phase of the power supply (brown or red depending on the type) to a control terminal of the switch (raise or lower depending on the placement of the motor).

6. Connect the brown wire from the motor to the button terminal marked 1, with an arrow pointing one way (see diagram below).

7. Connect the black wire from the motor to the remaining terminal of the switch with an arrow pointing the other way (see diagram below). If in doubt, check the direction of the contacts with a multimeter in the ohmmeter position.

8. Turn on the power with the circuit breaker.

9. Try the roller shutter, check and if necessary adjust the limit switches using the instructions provided with the motor.

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Legend: Wired switch connection diagram

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