Category: Gate Motor

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

How to Check the Health of your Centurion D5 EVO Battery

Video Transcription Have you got a Centurion D5 Evo gate motor? Would you like to check the status of your battery? Well, here I am quickly going to show you how to test your Centurion D5 EVO battery.

Checking the Centurion D5 Evo Battery with the Charger

The D5 Evo has a LCD display which you can use for a number of functions. One of these is to check the health of the gate motor battery. On the screen you will see a number of bars on the left which indicate the state of the battery. The battery will start fully charged (i.e. all bars show) and then will be depleted over time until it is dead and needs replacing. If you are having problems with you gate motor, the battery is an easy thing to check first. We always suggest that you check what happens to your battery health while you trigger the gate. So, press the main button to open the gate and see if the battery charge changes. The D5 Evo also has a very nice function that it actually shows you the voltage. All you need to do is press the up arrow twice. Then the LCD will display the battery and charger voltages. The battery voltage is on the left and the charger voltage is on the right. Next, open and close the gate to see if there are any significant changes in the voltages. The charger voltage should go up to around 14 volts when the gate is in a static position.

Checking the Centurion D5 Evo Battery without the Charger

You can also check the status of your battery when  you disconnect the charger. You can find the charger on the side – a little red plug. Pull it out and you will see the charger voltage drops. Look at what happens to the battery. Another very nice feature of the D5 Evo, is that it beeps lets you know that the mains power is off. Here you can see that the battery voltage is above 12 volts, which is what we looking for. If the battery voltage is under 10.5 volts, you definitely need to replace it. And obviously, if your charger voltage is not about 14 volts, you should be looking at replacing the charger. It is important to check your Centurion D5 Evo battery as part of your gate motor battery maintenance.  

Gate Motor Battery Maintenance

Gate motor batteries can last for 2 to 3 years, but it does depend on how well you look after them. This articles outlines some important points on gate motor batteries and ways in which you can take care of your gate motor battery so that it has a long life.
Gate Motor Battery
The first thing to note is that  Centurion D5 Gate motor is battery-operated. This means that without a battery that is sufficiently charged it cannot open your gate even if there is power. It is not a battery backup.  

Gate Motor Battery Checks

  • Check your gate motor battery terminals regularly for corrosive build-up and clean if necessary.
  • Ensure that the battery terminals are properly connected.
  • Ensure that the battery voltage is above 10.5V. If it goes below this, you will need to replace the battery.

Power Outages

The gate motor battery voltage needs to remain above 10.5 V. If the voltage drops below 10.5 V you will need to replace the battery. Even if it’s a brand-new battery. The charger of the gate motor typically maintains the battery voltage above 12 V. So, if your gate motor charger is not working properly or there is a long power outage,  it could result in your battery depleting and needing to be replaced. The centurion D5 gate motors can usually open your gate 10 to 20 times during a power outage. If the power outage is more than about 4 to 5 hours, then the best strategy is to put your gate on manual. This will ensure that your battery does not get damaged and depleted. The new Centurion D5 Evo makes a beeping sound when the main power is off. Please do not ignore this beeping sound, it is an indication that there is a power issue. Unfortunately the older D5 motors, and Hansa motors do not give you an indication or a beep if the mains power is off.  

Gate Motor Battery Charging Options

If you find that you’re replacing batteries regularly then you may need to have an alternative strategy. One option is to put a larger deep cycle battery in a weatherproof box close to your motor. Another option is to look at a solar charger and battery-backup system. These systems are designed to have your motor running without mains power being available. The solar panel charges the battery during the day and at night your gate works from the battery power. The former solution is cheaper than the latter.

How to check your Centurion D5 EVO battery health

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