Month: March 2018

Centurion D5 Evo and Its Accessories

The centurion D5 Evo is our favorite residential gate motor to install. This motor can move gates of up to 500kg with a maximum of a 150 operations per day. The  design is such that you can easily maintain and replace its components. Mr Gate Mr Garage guarantees all new motor installations for 1 year. And Centurion Systems gives the motor a 2 year guarantee. However, please note the guarantee does not extend to lightning or damage caused by the owner.
Centurion D5 Evo with theft resistant cage
Centurion D5 Evo with theft resistant cage

The Centurion D5 Evo Gate Motor

The D5 Evo has lots of features for all your access control and security requirements. Functionality to incorporate a gate light or break in alarm functionality. The ability to adjust the close position for electric fence contacts on the gate. When you have beams installed it can close immediately after the vehicle passes the beams. This is called PIRAC mode. The Centurion D5 Evo is a motor that operates via battery. Without a properly charged battery it can’t open. The mains power goes through a power supply that charges the batteries. During power outages the motor will give a beep sound while it is operating to let you know that the power is off. Always pay attention to this, so that you don’t run your batteries too much down. For the standard lead acid batteries that this motor uses (12V 7.2 A/h), you will find that, if the battery voltage drops under 10.5V, you will need to replace your battery, even if it is new. When there are power outages, you can expect the gate to open between 20 and 40 times. But it does depend on the gate weight and movement, and very much on what external devices such as IR beams, Keypads, Receivers, Intercoms etc are connected to the battery. We highly recommended to get a theft-resistant cage and padlock for your D5 Evo. It is a very popular motor and added protection makes it harder and more time consuming for someone to just take your motor with them. There are various optional extras that we can install with your Centurion D5 Evo:

Infrared Gate Safety Beams

We can install Infrared Gate Safety Beams with your Centurion D5 Evo. The main function of safety beams is to detect that a vehicle or person is in front of the gate and to prevent closing the gate on the vehicle or person. Intruders sometimes put a small piece of insulation tape in front of the beams. The effect of this is that the gate will open but not close. So basically the gate motor thinks there is something in front of the gate. Centurion added break-in and ambush alarm functionality to the Centurion D5 EVO. With this functionality it is possible to trigger an alarm when someone stands in front of the gate during times that the gate is closed. There should not be someone standing in front of your gate looking around and tampering with your Infrared Beams. Using either wired or wireless technology, we can connect your gate-alarm to your normal alarm or a siren to let you know that someone is trying to tamper at your gate.
Gate Motor Wireless Safety Beam - Centurion Photon Beams
Gate Motor Wireless Safety Beam – Centurion Photon Beams

Theft Resistant cage and padlock

We highly recommended that you install a Centurion D5 Evo theft resistant cage and lock. This serves a couple of purposes:
  1. Firstly, it makes it much more difficult for someone to steal your gate motor
  2. Secondly, it will be much more difficult to put the gate motor on manual and open your gate.
  3. Thirdly, it limits access to your gate motor and prevents general tampering with the settings, remotes and external devices
Theft Resistant cage and padlock
Theft Resistant cage and padlock

Wireless keypad

A wireless keypad is a great addition for most owners. It allows for easy access to your property for your security company or domestic workers. Furthermore, you can use the settings of the Centurion D5 Evo to determine at what times, days and hours the keypads or remotes can be used to open the gate.
Centurion Smart Guard Keypad
Centurion Smart Guard Keypad

Intercom systems – Centurion G-Speak Ultra

The Centurion G-speak Ultra is a modern cellphone based intercom. The intercom phones you on your landline or cellphone and you can press 1 to open your gate. There is basically only a gate station with a wire running to the 3G unit which we usually install next to your gate motor in an weather proof box. This eliminates long wires running all over your property that are prone to breakage and expensive and time consuming to replace when they do break.
Centurion G-speak Ultra
Centurion G-speak Ultra

Loop detectors for automatic exit

CENTURION’s FLUX SA & FLUX 11 Loop Detectors are devices that uses vehicle electromagnetic fields given off by your engine while it is on to trigger a gate opening. There is a soft piece of silicone wire embedded into the floor that is connected to the loop detector box. This is then connected to your gate motor on the FRX (Free Exit) terminal so that it can open your gate when a vehicle passes.
Centurion flux loop detector
Centurion flux loop detector

External receivers

You can easily add external receivers to the Centurion D5 evo. One of our favorite receivers is the Sentry code hopping receiver. This works great with Centurion, Digidoor and other code hopping remotes.
Sentry code hopping receiver
Sentry code hopping receiver
Read more about automating your gate.

Centurion D10 Gate Motor Installation and Repairs in Morningside

We recently helped a client with an existing Centurion D10 Gate motor installation that was giving him problems. He is located in the Sandton, Morningside area in Johannesburg.
Centurion D10 Gate motor installation
Centurion D10
The gate rack was installed in such a way that the weight of the gate was resting on the pinion. This damages both the pinion and also the gearbox of the motor. Like all gate motors, the Centurion D10 Gate motor installation quality plays a large part in having a gate motor that works smoothly and efficiently. There are many aspects to pay attention to, but one that can negatively affect the life span and gearbox of the motor is the distance between the rack and pinion. There should always be a bit of space (about 3mm) between the rack and pinion.
Gate motor rack and pinion
Gate motor rack and pinion

Correction of this Centurion D10 Gate Motor Installation

After adjusting the the rack by re-welding it onto the gate, the gate was moving much better. We also replaced the damaged pinion. We also took the motor to Centurion and booked it in for a F1 service. This service is their fastest service, and you usually get the motor back the next day for re-installation. Other aspects to look out for with sliding gates and large gates in general.
  1. Firstly, gate wheels must be in good working order – Test your gate wheels every 6 months by lifting the gate on the side and checking if the wheels turn freely
  2. Secondly, the correct gate wheel profile must be used. The round profile for round bar tracks and the v-shaped profile for angle iron tracks
  3. If you use the wrong gate wheel profile it can cause extra vibrations while the gate moves and this in turn can cause the rack welding and gate wheel welding spots to break more easily
  4. And, finally, make sure you clean your gate track after every bad weather episode. Soil, and vegatation will decrease your gate wheel life span