Turning off the Automatic Gate Closing function

Below steps to take for the options discussed:

  • Turning off the Automatic Gate Closing function
  • Having one motor opening further than the other
  • Adjusting torque setting

Pre-Install HINT:

This is just my personal preference. I find it easier to install / program the settings without the Safety Photocells attached. Whilst you are programming, If anything was to break the Safety Photocell beam, the control board instantly goes into “panic mode” and flings the motors into reverse with no control, no speed regulation. It ignores the default settings and gets the gates reversed in the quickest way possible. This is a safety feature and a much needed safety feature. By linking out the photocells, this significantly reduces the risk of the photocell beam being broken and potentially interrupting the Sequential Programming sequence. You should already have a link between terminals 2 & 8 to tell the control board you do not have an emergency stop button fitted (unless you do, then there would be no link). Then place link between terminals 3 & 9 and 4 & 9. This FOOLS the control board to think it has photocells attached when they are not. This is a temporary measure. After the programming has been completed, then introduce the photocells to the control board and remove one of the links as necessary.

 

The Q60 control board is versatile as in it can operate two motors independent of each other with respects to how far the gate opens / closes. We can tell one motor to start before the other / close before the other / to be more aggressive than the other etc. We achieve this by adjusting just the parameters for that one specific motor at a time. So in this instance, we need one motor 1 (wired into terminals 13 / 14 / 15) to open to its maximum degree and motor 2 (wired into terminals 16 / 17 / 18) to 80 degree angle.

 

As at this stage the installation is not yet complete, we need to run the Sequential Programming first. As explained on the phone, the motors are where the installation is not quite complete; the control board does not know what force is needed to move the motors or how long it will take to open to any point other than what the default settings values are set at. (Please see column on Q60 Install guide labelled “standard default values” – this gives an idea as to what the control board is working to right now.

The angles are set by judging how long the motor took to open. This is very much hinged on your input. Always best to use the key fob for this. The instruction guide does suggest using a key switch but I personally find that if you are not quick enough to flick the key, you may miss-judge the running time for the motor and it could over-open or go past the point where you want it to stop. Program the key fobs first before proceeding. Please follow next steps:

a)      Press the button A on the gate control panel 2 times, the display shows rA

b)      Press button B on the gate control panel 2 times, the display shows tc

c)      Press and hold a button on the  remote control (the green light on the key fob illuminates) until a dot appears on the display (this means that the receiver is ready to store the button’s code)

d)      Simultaneously press and hold button C on the gate control panel to store the new code.

e)      A 2 digit number will briefly show on the screen e.g. “01” before showing tc. This number is the location the control board has stored the key fob code in

f)       Repeat from step C to E for the remaining key fobs you have, when finished follow step G

g)      Press button A on the gate control panel 3 times to return to the stand-by mode - -

Now we can complete the installation by running the Sequential Programming.

 

Sequential Programming

 

Following the next process of steps will overwrite the default settings. Once this is done, the motors should behave how you want them to with respect to opening angles.

 

From standby mode “- -“

a)      Press Button A4 times. Show AS

b)      Press Button B2 times. Show 2N (2 motors)

c)       Press Key Fob Button (Give start signal), motor starts to open and shows N1.

d)      Wait until leaf is open 90%, then press key fob button (give another start signal), R1 is shown, gate leaf goes into deceleration mode.

e)      Wait until leaf is at rest tight with gate stop and press key fob button. This tells the motor to stop. Gate stops and second gate leaf starts to move, shows N2.

f)       Wait until leaf is open 90%, then press key fob button (give another start signal), R2 is shown, gate leaf goes into deceleration mode.

g)      Wait until leaf is at rest tight with gate stop and press key fob button. Gate stops. The control unit has calculated the opening and deceleration time of both leaves.

h) Now shows TP on screen. The gate system is now calculating PAUSE TIME. Press key fob button after desired pause time. Both gate leaves begin to close using the same calculations it made to open. (this is standard – remember we are turning this function off afterwards)

i)        When the closing cycle is complete, both gates resting against centre gate stop, the program cycle is complete. The control board automatically exits from the sequential program process and all working times have been saved that it felt it needed to complete the operation.

j)        The control board will now be in stand-by mode. You will see “- - “.

If you feel it got it slightly wrong, or you were not quick enough pressing the key fob during set stages, we then can adjust the individual motor that needs correcting. I have attached a chart below which talks about the parameters we can look at to “tweak” and what each of those parameters do.

 

Do have your front page of Q60 Control Unit for Swing Gate instruction guide for reference:

 

 

Once you are on the chosen parameter, to increase a value press button C, to decrease value press button D. N1 and N2 parameter values represent seconds – example: 21 = 21 seconds. F1 / F2 values represent level of torque intensity.

 

If the sequential programming did not calculate your wish for one motor to open further than the other, increase the “Operating time” in increments of 4 seconds, then maybe reduce to 2 seconds until you fine tune to precision.

 

With gate stops in place, the motor cycles will be regulated on every operation. If gate stops are not in place, the motor will not detect resistance when they are slowing down and the motors will over-run and fall out of synchronisation.

 

 

Automatic Closing

 

This function is always set to ON by default. In normal practice the gate would open, then hold open for 3 seconds and then close. By turning off the automatic closing we are telling the control board to only open when instructed and to stay open until it’s told to close.

 

Please follow the next steps to turn off this function:

On the left hand side of the control board are 4 tactile buttons marked A / B / C / D

 

1)      Press button A twice, you will see “PA” on the screen

2)      Press button B once, you will see “N1” on the screen

3)      Press button B a further 15 times, you will see “P3” on the screen (automatic closing step by step), after seeing P3 briefly the screen will show “SI” – this means the function is ON.

4)      Press button D once, you will now see “NO” – this means function is now turned off.

5)      Press button B 7 times, you will see “SU” on the screen (save function). Once you see “SU”, Press and hold button C until you hear the relays on the control board double click. This is an audio confirmation that the changes made has been saved.

6)      The control board will now automatically return to the “- – “status (standby mode) to confirm it is ready for use.

 

To turn Automatic Closing back on:

 

1)       Press button A twice, you will see “PA” on the screen

2)      Press button B once, you will see “N1” on the screen

3)      Press button B a further 15 times, you will see “P3” on the screen (automatic closing step by step), after seeing P3 briefly the screen will show “NO” – this means the function is OFF.

4)      Press button C once, you will now see “SI” – this means function is now turned on.

5)      Press button B 7 times, you will see “SU” on the screen (save function). Once you see “SU”, Press and hold button C until you hear the relays on the control board double click. This is an audio confirmation that the changes made has been saved.

6)      The control board will now automatically return to the “ – - “ status (standby mode) to confirm it is ready for use.

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