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.

Top 10 Most Common Problems with Gate Motors

No1

Problems due to cold weather and low (very low) temperatures

There are several problems your gate motor might experience when the low (10’C) temperatures strike. You might notice some delay in opening of your gate, or even the inability to open at all.

Metal components will contract as the temperature drops and unless you are using grease specially intended for lower temperatures, the grease will thicken, too. All this makes it harder for the gate to move and open since it requires more power.

Another problem is the battery since it is inside a metal box. Due to this, as the temperature gets lower outside, the internal temperature of the battery will also drop and this will make it harder for the battery to start because of the reduction of the electro-chemical reaction. This reaction is meant to produce the electrical current which allows the gate system to operate.  You may have noticed that if you try to open it a couple of times, it will finally work.

No2

The gate is not reacting, moving or making any sound

  • First you should check if the breaker and the switch (mains power supply) are working properly.
  • Check the outlet in which the gate is plugged. You can use some other device to see if they work when plugged in the same outlet.
  • Then look at all your outlets to see if their ground fault interrupter is tripping. You have to check all of them because if GFI is tripping this action will cause power to be cut from any device in the GFI’s circuit.
  • The problem might be the remote controller, maybe it’s broken, the batteries are dead and need replacement or it has run out of its “working hours”.

No3

The gate doesn’t stop where it is supposed to

If your gate doesn’t stop where it is supposed to it is mainly due to the limit switch / origin marker nut or cam failing to hit/read the limit switch at the designated time. If you have a slide gate you’ll notice that a lever like/ knob like thing is holding the limit nut in place. It’s riding inside the slots of the limit nut. To solve this problem you have to press it back out of the slot on the limit shaft. This will put it back in its correct place. ~ for your older models, earlier most reacent gate motor models use a counter & resistance system, You should study installer manual to “re-run” limits, DO NOT DEFAULT THE UNIT!!!!!!

No4

The gate doesn’t open unless there is someone standing next to it

This problem can occur in two scenarios.

  • One reason might be the antenna which was cut or just shortened. Try to put it as high as you can and be careful not to let it touch any other metal surface.
  • The other might be that some other source of transmitting is interfering with your source. Check to see if there is any possible source of radio transmitting near where you live. This could be a radio station, a military base, a flight path or an airport. If it happens that you do have these sources near you, then you will have to get a special receiver and an antenna.

Check the face of your receiver cover. It is common that gate openers have separate receivers. Look for the names like Multi Code, Liftmaster, Linear and Mega code. Check your remote clicker because it will have the same name as the receiver cover does. While pressing the remote you should listen and wait for the click coming from the rec receiver.

No5

The gate doesn’t close

  • Check to see if there is something blocking the gate physically. Check the wheel bearings to see if they are broken and check the chain and track too to see if they is any visible damage on them. For a swing gate you should check the gate arm for damage, as well as the hinges since they could be stuck or even broken.
  • If you still can’t find the cause then do the next thing. After making sure that the power supply is off, detach the chain for a sliding gate or detach the gate arm for a swing gate. Now try to move the gate to open/close it. If it can be done it means that there is nothing mechanical causing the problem. If you can’t move it means that there is a mechanical issue involved and that it would be smart to call a professional technician.

No6

Remote controller doesn’t work

As on any remote controllers, there is a little red light on the top part of it. This light will be lit when you give a command to the gate to open or close. If the light didn’t lit up when you pressed the remote key, then you problem can either be the batteries or the life span of the controller. Try changing the batteries with the new ones. If the problem continues after you have replaced the batteries then it is obvious that you need to buy a new remote controller since the old one has probably run out of its “working hours”. You can call a technician or a supplier from who you bought it. The technician will program the new remote controller and your problem will be solved.

  • First check to see if any of the other house residents have maybe entered the “hold open” command and you didn’t know about this.
  • Then you should check for the key switch. Maybe the corrosion took its toll on the electrical switch on the back of the key cylinder, or the fire department came to your house without you knowing it to test the fire department key switch and they simply forgot to put it back to its regular operation.
  • This problem can also occur when devices like the photo eye or any other are preventing the gate from closing. You can check to see if the photo eye is working properly. First check to see if the safety LED light is lit. You should find this light on the opener control board. Look at the reflector if you have one. Maybe it is misaligned or even wet. By waving your hand in front of the photo eye, you will find out if it is working properly or not. The clicking sound means that everything is in order. Sometimes insects can cause malfunction of the photo safety sensors and control boxes since they prefer warm places. You should check from time to time and clean them with a dry cloth.
  • You should check the edge transmitters. These will be found on the gates with reversing edges. There could be a battery issue which means you will have to change the battery. Make sure you buy the right type of battery depending on the type of your edge transmitter. If there is nothing wrong with the battery, then the problem is the transmitter itself. The corrosion might have gotten to it or if it might be damaged in some other way. You would have to replace that transmitter with a new one if this is the case.
  • You should use the breaker to cut all power off. This action will automatically cause the gate to be released. Make sure to look at the loop detectors when you turn the motor on. The lights on the loop detector will tell you if you have a loop problem. It is possible that something is putting pressure to the loop too. If the lights are lit red, then you’ll know that you have one of these two situations on your hands.

The best way to get your gate fixed is certainly to fix it.

No9

When to use Manual Release Mode?

There will be situations when you will have to put your gate into manual mode. You may experience a power outage or your gate isn’t working because it’s broken or you forgot to do an annual service and it’s showing difficulties in its operating. If the power is off this mode will allow the gate to open and close. You should have a manual release key in your possession and the gate should have been tested to see if it works in manual mode.

No8

The swinging gate doesn’t open

There can be three causes for this problem.

  • The first one is because the remote controller is broken, its batteries are dead and they need replacement or it’s just run out of its “working hours”.
  • Then it could be your ascending driveway’s fault. If this is the situation you are in, then either make the gate open to the other side if it’s possible or just hang the gate to a higher post so it doesn’t reach the driveway as it opens.
  • Since the gate safety loop sensor is present at most gates, you should check it to see if this sensor is the cause of malfunction. It is made to prevent the gate from harming any person, animal or object that might be on its path. If the sensor notices an obstacle it reverses the gate process/disables it. If the sensors aren’t working properly, you should call a technician.

No9

The gate keeps making a beeping sound

If your gate keeps beeping, especially during the night after the storm and making battery low sounds, you should try to add one more battery, that is, more power. It is possible that after the storm your battery might make sounds as if it is dead but the next day everything will be fine. This might occur with Mighty Mule Gate openers. If the trick with adding the second battery doesn’t work, then you can just contact the company’s customer support.

Finally No10

Mr DIY

Please call ~ we will fix it, no fix, no charge

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.