Photon Installation Guide

Photon Installation Guide
PHOTON Infrared beams
Pocket installation guide
SAFETY
BEAMS FOR
AUTOMATED GATES
1. Introduction
Photon infrared gate safety beams have been designed to
provide an integral element of safety to an automated system
while at the same time affording the installer considerable
freedom during the installation process. The transmitter is
completely wireless – being powered via two AA Alkaline
batteries – obviating the need for tunnelling and digging and
subsequent defacement of one’s driveway for the purpose of
running cables. Not only does this arrangement allow for
significant flexibility and fewer restrictions when it comes to
mounting the beams, but it dramatically reduces material and
labour costs.
2. Safety Instructions
1.
All installation, repair, and service work to this product
must be done by a suitably qualified person.
2.
Do not in any way modify the components of the system.
3.
Do not leave packing materials (plastic, polystyrene, etc.)
within reach of children as such materials are potential
sources of danger.
4.
Dispose of all waste products like packaging materials,
according to local regulations.
5.
CENTSYS does not accept any liability caused by improper
use of the product, or for use other than that for which
the automated system was intended.
6.
This product was designed and built strictly for the use
indicated in this documentation. Any other use, not
expressly indicated here, could compromise the service
life/operation of the product and/or be a source of danger.
7.
Anything not expressly specified in these instructions is
not permitted.
3. Icons used in this guide
This icon denotes variations and other aspects that
should be considered during installation
This icon indicates warning, caution or attention!
Please take special note of critical aspects that
MUST be adhered to in order to prevent injury
4. Operation
When connected to an automated system such as a gate
motor or garage door operator, the Photon beams aid in
preventing personal injury, and/or property damage due to
crushing, when used in a closing beam configuration. When
used in an opening beam configuration, the Photon beams
dramatically reduce the hazardous actions associated with a
gate that is opening; such as dragging or shearing.
The operation of the Photon beams relies upon the infrared
beam being interrupted by a person or object, and notifying a
device connected to its fail-safe contact, of the interruption.
In addition, Photon beams are compatible with the unique
Intruder-detection alarm functionality inherent in some of
CENTSYS’s gate operators. These operators allow the Photon
beams to act as sophisticated perimeter security device by
activating an alarm on the operator’s controller, or a thirdparty alarm system, whenever the beams have been
obstructed or remain obstructed for a predefined period of
time
Refer to the relevant product documentation for further information on
Intruder-detection Alarm functionality.
5. Technical specifications
Power supply
Transmitter: 2 x AA Alkaline
Batteries (Supplied)
Receiver: 12 – 24V AC
12 – 30V DC
Power consumption
Receiver 30mA @ 12V DC (Relay)
15mA @ 12V DC (Open Collector)
Transmitter battery life Minimum 2 years
Battery low indication
Audible Beep
Maximum operating
distance
10m
10m
Alignment
Automatic – 1m² @ 10m
Output contact
Fail safe, N/C and N/O potential free
/ N/C Open Collector
Output contact rating
3A @ 30V DC Non-inductive/
50mA @ 30V DC (Open Collector)
Operating temperature -15°C - +65°C
Operating humidity
0 - 90° Non-condensing
Housing material
ABS
Degree of protection
IP54
Only replace with alkaline batteries. Do not use rechargeable batteries with this product.
Circular Area – Assuming a parallel surface.
Selectable by jumper
6.Installation
Power
The transmitter
has been fitted
with a “power up”
jumper. In order
to preserve
battery life, the
unit has been
packed with the
jumper in the OFF
position; to power
up the
transmitter,
simply position
the jumper so
that it is bridging
the ON and
COMMON pins as
illustrated
OFF
ON
Power
Jumper
at ‘OFF’
OFF
ON
Power
OFF
ON
Power
Jumper
at ‘ON’
OFF
ON
Installer Mode
Installer Mode is a unique feature that facilitates the
alignment of the beams by providing audible feedback via the
receiver’s onboard buzzer.
1.
To enter Installer Mode, press and hold the pushbutton
on the receiver for a period of 1 second. The buzzer will
emit two beeps to indicate the transition into Installer
Mode
Once in Installer Mode, the LED will illuminate
permanently, while the IR beam signal is not being
received by the receiver.
2.
Next, proceed with the alignment of the beams noting
the behaviour of the receiver; as soon as the beams are
suitably aligned, the LED will switch off and the buzzer
will emit a continuous 4KHz tone.
The transmitter will remain in Installer Mode for a
period of 120 seconds, but an early exit can be
invoked by momentarily pressing the pushbutton.
Beam alignment
3.
The first step when installing the Photon infrared
beams is to obtain maximum alignment.
The beam lenses MUST be fitted during the alignment
procedure as they serve to focus the infrared beam.
Failure to do so may result in an inability to achieve
alignment.

The transmitter and receiver are typically mounted
directly opposite one another, but some leeway is
given in the form of a wide beam being cast should
absolute alignment not be possible

It is of paramount importance that the beams are
mounted on surfaces that are reasonably parallel to
one another. Small differences in the angle between
the opposing parallel surfaces, can lead to large
offsets between the transmitter and the receiver
alignment of the beams - the greater the distance the
infrared beam travels between the transmitter and
the receiver, the larger the offset

For ease of alignment, an onboard buzzer has been
provided on the receiver, that can be activated by
placing the Photon receiver unit in Installer Mode,
described in the relevant section
Position Rx and Tx
to be in line and level
with each other
Rx
Tx
750mm
CENTURION recommends the height of 750mm, but
the height of the beam must be tailored to suit the
specific requirements of the installation
Remove cover and prepare for mounting
4.
Unclip screw-hole
cover piece.
5.
Unscrew cover
retaining fastener.
Screw-hole
cover
Fastener
Screw
-hole
Cover
6.
Lift off cover as
shown in the
illustration.
There is no need
to remove the
PCB when
mounting the
Photon. The
mounting hole is
easily accessible
making mounting
quick and easy
Mounting
hole
Mounting
7.
Mark position of
receiver unit.
8.
Use 5mm masonry
bit to drill hole in
wall.
9.
Mount using
fastener provided.
Rawl plug
Height - typically 750mm
above the ground
“O” Ring
10. Repeat the same
mounting procedure
when mounting the
transmitter unit.
Fastener
Wiring Route
11. Break out the
relevant knockout
and route the
cables through the
cable cut-out as
shown in the
illustration,
providing
12 - 24V AC or
12 - 30V DC to the
receiver.
Cable
Cut-out
for cable
PCB connections
Receiver
Receiver
12. The receiver’s relay
can then be
connected to the
input of an external
device using either
the normally-open
or normally-closed
contact shown in
the wiring diagram.
13. Test the operation of
the Photon infrared
beams by passing
an object such as
your hand through
the beam; there
should be an audible
“click” to indicate
that the internal
relay is being deenergised. If the
beams have been
connected to an
automated system,
the operator should
immediately halt
movement when the
beams are
obstructed.
If Open Collector is used,
there will not be a “click”
Red
LED
NO
NC
COM
GND
12-24V
DC/AC
Transmiter
Red
LED
OFF
ON
Alkaline
batteries
Open Collector Mode
In sites where current consumption is a factor, for e.g. solarpowered installations, the onboard relay can be disabled by
selecting Open Collector Mode. This is accomplished by
moving the jumper on the receiver from pins 2 and 3 to pins
1 and 2. The open collector output is then available on the
normally-closed terminal, and will switch down to ground.
Indicators
The receiver has been fitted with a red LED for feedback
and diagnostic purposes.

The red LED will flash five times on power-up, to
indicate the unit is powering up correctly.

In normal Mode of Operation, the red LED will flash
briefly, once every second, while the IR beam signal
is not detected (ie. While the IR beam is
obstructed).

In Installer Mode of Operation, the red LED will
remain on, while the IR beam signal is not detected
(ie. While the IR beam is obstructed).

The red LED will remain off in both Modes of
Operation, if the beam signal is detected
In addition, both the receiver and transmitter modules have
been fitted with onboard buzzers, which provide the
following feedback:

The buzzer on the transmitter PCB will emit an
alarm tone when the batteries are nearing the end
of their functional life. should the user not have
replacement batteries at his disposal at the time of
notification, the buzzer can be disabled for a period
of 24 hours by momentarily pressing the
pushbutton

The receiver buzzer will emit a continuous 4KHz
tone when alignment is obtained ONLY if Installer
Mode is enabled.
Head Office: +27 11 699 2400
Technical Support: +27 11 699 2481
from 07h00 to 18h00 (GMT+2)
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www.centsys.com.au
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