New Smart Gate Motors from Centurion Systems

Centurion Systems - Next Level Smart

Are they Smart and how smart are they and who benefits more? Things to consider. Deep dive into what’s said, claimed and what exactly it all mean in real life.

Manufacturer’s claims and main features:

  • Taking intelligence to the next level – a machine crafted for excellence and perfected through innovation
  • Pushing the limits of technology to bring you the ultimate in strength, security and endurance – suitable for gates weighing up to 1t with 750 daily operations
  • SMART hardware and SMART connectivity provide the best experience for installers
  • Intelligent theft and break-in protection with an integral vibration sensor and patented theft-deterrent cage
  • More space and dedicated accessory tray for complementary solutions such as GSM devices
  • World-class reliability with a sealed gearbox and improved, more secure manual release mechanism
  • Die-cast aluminum gearbox coupled with a high-torque DC motor built for pure power and performance
  • Uncompromising security, uninterrupted convenience with 24V battery backup
  • Instant access to advanced, in-app diagnostics and logs, monitoring system health in real time
  • Accurate and safe position control incorporating reliable Hall Effect technology
  • Improved wire routing
  • SMART universal controller – compatible with all CENTURION SMART solutions

Centurion D5 Smart

In my opinion.

GATE MOTOR – d5 smart

My thoughts on the D5 Smart after 1st installation.

It is a small’ish motor, fits directly onto the D5’s baseplate and I like that.

I did not like the “Update” or ” “Sync” procedure. It Requires internet connectivity on your phone – It takes a while too. So if you find yourself in a remote area with poor connectivity you will not be able to get this machine going.

I like the height adjusting feature – not just for leveling but now to align with rack.

I also liked the fact that it does not make use of an origin marker, safes time and eliminates future headaches.

The “App” is cool, but the lady talking is annoying.

Let’s talk specs, pretty much the same workhorse ability as the D5 Evo coupled with double the speed – It’s Fast, really fast. Safety beams are strongly suggested. Because of this speed it will need a maintenance checkup every 3rd month, you forget, you pay.

SDO4 – Centurion Sectional Garage Door

With the SDO4 Sectional Garage Door Motor, that experience begins the moment that you open your garage door. With whisper-quiet operation and movement that’s smoother than a Barry White song, the SDO4 garage door operator for tip-up and sectional doors lets you know you’re home.

Adaptive anti-crushing control

The SDO4 Sectional Garage Door Motor was designed with safety in mind! The built-in anti-crushing circuitry will cause the door to stop and reverse if an obstruction is detected, helping to prevent serious damage or injury.

Battery-driven – ALWAYS on

You need to be somewhere in a hurry. The power goes out. You’re going nowhere. Unless you have the SDO4, that is. The SDO4 switches seamlessly between mains and battery power in the event of a power outage, so it’s always on. You can even use solar power to charge the system.

An SDO4 to suit your door

The SDO4 comes in two different models, making it suitable for virtually any size domestic garage door. Choose the T10 for smaller doors up to 12 square metres, or automate your bigger door with the powerful T12 model.

Reliable DC motor

Our 24V geared DC motor provides enough power to move even the largest door quietly and reliably.

Effortlessly switch between door types for the ultimate in flexibility

The SDO4 is suitable for both sectional and tip-up doors, and toggling between the two using the intuitive LED display automatically, and intelligently, adapts the run profile to suit the selected door type.

Total security at the press of a button

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world… and so is the hand that controls Holiday Lockout Mode! This on-board high-security feature allows you to electronically lock your garage door by pressing one of the Wireless Wall Switch or remote control buttons, giving you total control of who gets in.

Lock in any position

For increased security, the Manual Override can be disengaged and then re-engaged in any position. If you’re going away on holiday you can also electronically lock your SDO4 so that not even a learned-in remote control can operate the door.

Autoclose

Look, Ma, no hands! If you forget to close your garage door, your SDO4 will do it for you – if you’ve activated the Autoclose feature. Or maybe you’re moving stuff out of your garage and need the door to remain open – overriding Autoclose is as easy as pressing a button!

Onboard receiver with code-hopping security

A home security system that fits in your pocket. Our four-button code-hopping remote control utilises the same technology found in top of the range vehicle security systems and can control your SDO4, home alarm system, automatic gate motors and whatever else you need to feel safe. Rest easy, knowing there’s a CENTURION standing guard.

Ease of installation, adjustment, and setup

Ready. Set. Go! The drive unit slides into the rail and the control box slots into position at the back, it’s as simple as that. Additionally, the built-in LED display and colour-coded buttons together make it a delight to configure settings and toggling between the operator’s many unique features couldn’t be easier.

Door Service Monitor

Using adaptive load sensing technology, our Door Service Monitor keeps an eye on things and a courtesy lamp will flash and a buzzer will sound when your door springs are worn out and need maintenance.

Source: Centsys. “SDo4” Nov 18, 2016 Accessed August 08, 2019
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Shortage of D10 and D10 Turbo gate motors

  Dear Valued Client, We just wanted to let you know that we are currently experiencing a shortage of D10 and D10 Turbo industrial sliding gate operators, mainly due to there being insufficient stock of the electrical motors used in these systems.

Why the shortage?

Unfortunately, several factors conspired to create the present situation.
Firstly, a sudden upsurge in demand led to our contingency stock being depleted much quicker than anticipated. As you know, there was recently an outbreak of xenophobic violence in certain parts of the country, and, sadly, truck drivers were targeted in these attacks, making delivery of stock all but impossible without compromising the safety of the drivers. Thankfully, the situation seems to have been contained for the moment, but the shockwaves that it sent through the country’s economy are only now starting to subside.

A final bit of misfortune struck when a ship carrying stock of the motor was waylaid by a severe storm en route to our shores, with physical and IT infrastructure troubles at the port causing further delays.

What are we doing to fix it?

While these events are indeed highly regrettable, we will not allow them to deter us from providing you with the world-class service you have come to expect from Centurion Systems. We can confirm that, after a few delays, we have received stock of the motors and production has already started. Our production team will be working throughout the weekend to build up stock, and a special delivery to get units to the outlying areas has been scheduled for Monday, the 30th September.

Conclusion

To quote a famous saying, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and, try as one might, it is extremely difficult to plan for every eventuality in this increasingly volatile and uncertain world. That being said, we commit to creating higher levels of safety stock going forward.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and thank you for your understanding and support.   Kind regards,

The CENTURION Team  

Centurion to the Test

Centurion to

Mother Nature is a notoriously fickle – and at times downright ruthless – dame. While she may occasionally do something whimsical like giving us a monkey’s wedding, there are also times that it’s quite evident that she’s had a fight with her boyfriend or something. This year especially was fraught with meteorological curve balls including, but not limited to, tornadoes. Freaking. Tornadoes.It’s also starting to become pretty clear that Al Gore was onto something with the whole global warming thing. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Earth’s overall temperature has increased by 0.8°C since 1880. While this may seem insignificant, the effects are dramatic and far-reaching and, regrettably, climate change is showing no signs of slowing down.

While there’s not too much that we can do about the weather, we can set your mind at ease by telling you thatCENTURION products have been designed to handle very extreme environmental conditions.According to senior electrical engineer Tony Baia, reliability as a design philosophy and something to be sought with relentless fervour has been ingrained in CENTURION’s DNA since the very beginning.

“From its inception,” begins Tony “Centurion Systems’ founding fathers and design engineers understood that, to ensure the reliability of its now-famous D5 [sliding gate motor] and other electronic products, they had to tame one of nature’s most awesome and powerful phenomena: lightning”.Lightning has for long been the bugbear of electrical appliances, the lure of so much sweet, conductive metal in one spot simply too much for heaven’s own electricity to withstand. It’s a siren song as old as time, but the tune is no easier to hum along to. Every year, insurance companies pay out millions in lightning-related claims, and some firms do not compensate for lightning damage as it’s seen as a vis major.“With this in mind,” continues Tony “the design engineers approached the CSIR [Council for Scientific and Industrial Research] and other institutions who had the equipment and knowledge to tame lightning.“A cost-effective and highly efficient circuit was designed that has remained with Centurion Systems to this very day, ensuring that our control cards continue to function when other equipment has failed”.Tony provides a detailed description of the kind of technology that goes into such a sophisticated and robust piece of equipment.“CENTURION uses a layered approachto protect against lightning; all inputs exposed to the outside world are protected by multiple components”.

Layer 1

Right up front is a high-power resistor that absorbs and slows down the lightning surge.This is followed by a Zener (analogous to a clamp) that prevents the lightning-induced voltage from going above levels that are harmful to the rest of the electronic components on the PC board.

Layer 2

The lightning-induced voltage sometimes climbs much faster than the Zener is able to respond; to further protect the sensitive electronic components, another capacitor and resistor are used to slow down the rising voltage allowing the Zener time to respond and clamp the harmful voltages.

Layer 4

To protect against lightning surges, the energy that is being absorbed by the above mentioned layers needs to find a path to earth or ground; to achieve this, another gas arrestor connects to the mains power supply earth.

Layer 5

CENTURION power supplies like the CP84SM have an earth tab that connects to an earth spike, allowing the lightning surge energy to find a very quick and easy path to earth, thereby avoiding damaging the sensitive electronic components on the control card.

Layer 3

The TRG [trigger] input is the one that is most exposed to lightning surges due to it having the longest connection length – this connection could run from the gate motor all the way to the indoor intercom system.To ensure that this input has even more protection against lightning surges, a gas arrestor is placed in front of the high-power resistor to further absorb the energy of the lightning surge.

Layer 6

The power supplies like the CP84SM also have protection against lightning surges coming down the municipal power lines. These take the form of metal oxide varistors, or MOVs. MOVs limit the voltage supplied to an electrical device by either blocking or short-circuiting to ground any unwanted voltages that are above a safe threshold.“Lastly,” Tony concludes “it must be remembered that, if the lightning surge is too powerful or too close to the gate motor then something has to give. That is when most of the components referred to above will be damaged, sometimes leading to unseen damage of other components on the PCB”.In addition to superior lightning protection, CENTURION operators boast a number of sophisticated design features intended to moderate Ma Nature’s onslaughts. These include:

  • Insect-ingress protection – insects are a big problem throughout continental Africa
  • High water-level lines for reasonably good immunity to flooding
  • Black-out and brown-out failure protection – CENTURION’s products are purpose-built to address these classically Third World-type infrastructural problems

 

 

Source: Centsys. “Centurion vs. Nature” Nov 18, 2016 Accessed April 24, 2019.
|https://www.centsys.co.za/centurion-vs-nature-2/

Guide to Sliding Gates

to Sliding Gates

Guide to Sliding Gates

Unless you possess the power of teleportation (in which case we’d like offer our thanks for reading our modest newsletter, oh visitor from another world), chances are that you gain access to your property by means of a point of entry enclosed by walls, or “gate” as we sometimes like to call it (as an interesting aside, the word “gate” derives from the old Norse word gata, meaning road or path). But, perhaps you only recently had the fence or wall erected and it as yet sans gate, or you have simply decided to automate an existing one. Then, dear reader, it is important to know what kind of hardware you’ll need and what function it performs, lest you end up with a gate that is either recalcitrant  or, even worse, unsafe. Fortunately, we in the gate automation business composed an ease to follow  Guide to Sliding Gates. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Guide-rollers

  • Guide-rollers do exactly what their name suggests, they guide the gate. In other words, the guide-rollers – which are normally just two nylon rollers that rotate on shafts – hold the gate vertically and prevent it from falling over which is, you know, something you’d want to avoid if possible. For improved safety, we recommend fitting additional support posts to prevent the gate from falling over should the guide-rollers fail.

Anti-lift Brackets

  • Again, the job description is more or less in the name here. Anti-lift brackets help prevent unauthorised access to your property by ensuring that the gate can’t simply be lifted off its track by some devious criminal/strongman combo (of course, most gates are light enough not to require a strongman to lift it, hence the need for anti-lift brackets).

Endstops

  • Endstops are very important from a safety point of view and prevent your gate from abandoning its track. Remember that there is always the chance, however remote, that the gate will overrun its limits (and we’d like to point out here that with our new generation of gate motors, the chance is even more remote since the operator will always look for the origin magnet and will run the gate slowly if it is not detected), and you don’t want the gate behaving like a runaway train with nothing to stop it. CENTURION recommends installing mechanical endstopsthat are sturdy (preferably welded onto the track) and do not move even when subjected to considerable force.

Wheels

  • The movement of your gate depends largely on the presence of a collection of spherical objects that rotate about a shaft, or “wheels”. Keep in mind that the entire weight of your gate will rest upon the wheels, so it’s important to keep them in a good condition and rotating freely. They will also need to be compatible with the profile of the rail. CENTURION stocks both U- and V-profile gate wheel kits, as well as the novel GateShox system which dramatically reduces noise in sliding gates. Over time, the rails of sliding gates can become corrugated and uneven from use, and GateShox help absorb the load through a spring system, resulting in a smoother ride and quieter operation.

Rack

  • If you’re planning on automating your gate (and, let’s be honest, it’s the logical thing to do), you’ll need a toothed rack fitted along the length of the gate to mesh with the pinion of your gate motor. The setup works in an almost identical fashion to the rack-and-pinion configuration found in the steering wheel mechanisms of most cars and, depending on which operator you’re planning on having installed, you’ll need either Raz, nylon angle or steel rack. Not sure which one? Give us a call on +27 11 699 2481 for some friendly advice.

A Reliable Gate Motor

  • We previously likened buying a new gate operator to selecting a new car. Considerations such as the weight of the gate, maximum number of daily operations, push force and duty cycle all need to be taken into account when choosing an automation system. But, most of all, it’s important to ensure that you choose a gate motor that will never leave you out in the cold, so to speak. CENTURION manufactures a wide range of reliable swing and sliding gate motors for domestic, light industrial and full industrial applications. Our operators are constructed from only the most robust materials in accordance with the ISO9001 quality assurance system, and carry a 24 month warranty.
 
Centsys. “Guide to Sliding Gate : What You’ll Need” Aug 27, 2013 Accessed April 24, 2019.
https://www.centsys.co.za/the-ghost-of-gate-motors-past-2/

 

The Apex Predator of Gate Motors

The Apex Predator of

The Apex predator

CENTURION D5-Evo

It is not often that the worlds of natural science and access automation meet, but I do think that I have, quite by accident, found a parallel.

It was while channel surfing recently, perhaps sub-consciously scouring for material for our next blog post, that I happened upon a show about apex predators, and it got me thinking about our tried, tested and perfected sliding gate motor, the D5-Evo.

Here is something that has been designed to be the absolute best in its class: purpose-built, tenacious and completely unstoppable.

 

So what exactly is an apex predator?

Apex predators have been defined as predators with no natural predators of their own, thus residing at the very top of its food chain. To me, that sums up the D5-Evo perfectly. This superior sliding gate motor exists in a world of many competing operators, each vying for a place at the top of the access automation food chain, each snapping at the ankles of the powerful D5-Evo – the apex predator – but never really finding purchase. The D5-Evoremains the dominant operator.

It’s a bold claim, I know. So let’s take a quick look at why the D5-Evo is the saltwater crocodile (or tiger, or killer whale) of the access automation arena.

 

Lets have a look at the D5’s specs

1. Advanced diagnostics

This feature goes a long way towards establishing our benchmark motor as the undisputed alpha dog in its pack. A futuristic LCD display provides detailed information on everything from the battery and charger voltage to the amount of current being drawn when the gate is in motion to the ID number of the last remote pressed.

2. Intruder-detection Alarm Modes

We’ve written a great deal about this functionality, and with good reason. Enable the Break-in Alarm, and you’ll be notified the moment that someone loiters in front of your gate thanks to the controller’s on board alarm being triggered. Similarly, the Ambush Alarm will notify you should the beams remain interrupted for a pre-defined period of time, so criminals won’t get away with sticking insulation tape over the beam lenses. Remember, you have the apex predator standing guard!

Centsys. “D5-Evo: The Apex Predator of Gate Motors” March 01, 2013 Accessed April 24, 2019. https://www.centsys.co.za/d5-evo-the-apex-predator-of-gate-motors/

3. Multiple operating features

One characteristic of an apex predator is that it has evolved to adapt remarkably well to its environment. In much the same fashion, we have designed the D5-Evo to be fully configurable to suit any site conditions. From adjustable ramp-up and ramp-down distances, to Positive Close Mode and ultra-safe collision sensitivity, the D5-Evo is the master of its environment.

4. Onboard timer technology

This feature is one of my favourites. Those of you with a working knowledge of ancient Greek will know that the word “chronos” means of or related to time, and it makes a fitting prefix to our built-in, ultra-advanced timer technology known as ChronoGuard. ChronoGuard allows you to set automatic activation for certain times of the day, month or year and even includes a time-barring feature whereby certain inputs can be barred from working after hours, during public holidays, etc. This is absolutely groundbreaking functionality as far as the marriage of access automation and perimeter security goes.