If you’ve ever installed a D5-Evo or its big brother, the D10, you know how exceptionally easy they are to install and set up; a wizard guides you through the initial setup and, should you want to change any settings afterwards, you can literally do so at the press of a button.
But there’s a whole range of other neat features you may not know about, and we’ll explore some of them here, on the official CENTURION blog.
1. Autoclose Advanced Options
Most of you will know that our gate motors all have the ability to automatically close after a pre-set time period has expired. But did you know that you can set Autoclose independently for different gate statuses? In other words, say that it’s your habit to stop your gate halfway after you’ve driven your car into the yard, but you sometimes forget to close it again. This is obviously a huge security risk as a would-be criminal now has carte blanche to get into your yard.
Simply access the Autoclose menu (Menu 3 on most operators), scroll down to Autoclose Advanced Options and toggle Autoclose Partly Open to ON. This ensures that your gate can never be left open in any position. You can also enable Autoclose for partly closed and, of course, fully open (which is the norm).
2. Adjustable – and independent – speed control
What’s so great about independently adjustable operating speeds, is that you can set your gate for a rapid opening but a more measured closing – perfect for those wanting maximum security but have kids and pets to take into account. Or, if you run a high-risk operation, you can set both the opening and closing speeds to maximum and watch that gate fly! This expeditious speed, used in tandem with the next feature on our list, is guaranteed to add a formidable level of security to your entrance gate.
3. PIRAC control
You will find this novel feature under the Infrared Beams menu.
PIRAC control, also known as Beam Autoclose, allows your gate to close the moment that the infrared safety beams are cleared, meaning that your gate is open for a minimum of time.
4. Beam Alarms
We’ve discussed this feature at length in previous posts, so we won’t harp on about it too much. Suffice it to say that Beam Alarms have added a whole new dimension to what can be achieved with a pair of infrared safety beams. Just enable them under the Infrared Beams menu and your beams are instantly transformed into high-tech intruder detection devices! Futuristic!
There is a whole article about this unique timer technology here. ChronoGuard is a standard feature on D10, D10 Turbo, D5-Evo and SECTOR controllers.
6. Useful diagnostic screens
There’s nothing worse than spending hours onsite – often in the blistering sun or pouring rain – trying to troubleshoot a problematic gate motor. We’ve taken the hassle out of faultfinding by providing comprehensive and accurate diagnostic facilities on all our D-Series operators. The diagnostic screens will not only guide you when it comes to troubleshooting (though it most certainly does that), but also provides a useful matrix of programmed remote controls, battery status, enabled Time-periods and a host of other diagnostic facilities. Enable Diagnostic Screens under the General Settings menu.
7. Delete-Not-Present and Autolearn
These two features are related to the onboard multi-channel receiver, and allow you to either add or delete hand transmitters without actually being in possession of the physical remote control. Delete-Not-Present is used whenever a remote has been lost, or the owner of the remote has absconded with it. Basically, this feature allows for transmitters that have not been used within a selectable time period to be removed from the system
Autolearn, on the other hand, allows a selectable time period to be set, during which any specific button, when pressed, will be learned to a specific function. This is extremely useful in cases where a new gate motor has been installed at a townhouse complex, for example, but not everyone with remotes is present to learn their transmitters in. The moment that they arrive home and press their remote buttons, the button will be learned into the controller’s memory and the gate will also respond according to the function that has been assigned to the button.
For more information on the functionality inherent in the D-Series range of gate motors, check out our website, https://www.centsys.co.za.