Written by : Nick 07-06-2024

Roger Edge photocells issue. Upgrading Gate Automation: A Journey with Roger BE20 Presto and Centurion i5 Photocells

Yesterday, I embarked on a significant upgrade project. I replaced old Aprimatic hydraulic motors with the Roger BE20 Presto motor, paired with the Edge controller. Initially he goal was to enhance gate automation and ensure smooth, reliable operation.

Installation of Roger BE20 Presto with Edge Controller

The Roger BE20 Presto motor is a powerful and efficient solution for gate automation. It offers robust performance and is designed for durability. Here’s a quick rundown of the installation process:

  1. Removing Old Motors: I began by carefully removing the old Aprimatic hydraulic motors. This required disconnecting the power supply and unmounting the motors from the gate.
  2. Mounting the BE20 Presto: Next, I securely mounted the Roger BE20 Presto motors to the gate. Ensuring they were level and aligned correctly was crucial for smooth operation.
  3. Connecting the Edge Controller: After mounting the motors, I connected them to the Edge controller. This controller is known for its advanced features and ease of use.

Integrating Centurion i5 Photocells. Roger Edge photocells issue

The gate had recently installed Centurion i5 photocells. These photocells are essential for safety, ensuring that the gate stops if an obstacle is detected.

  1. Connecting Photocells to the Controller: I connected the Centurion i5 photocells to the Edge controller. The wiring needed to be precise to ensure proper functionality.
  2. Initial Test: After connecting everything, I tested the system. The photocells clicked (indicating they were working) only when the gate closed. During movement, the relay stayed normally closed, and nothing happened if I crossed the beam.

Troubleshooting the Photocells Issue

Roger Edge photocells issue.The photocells were partially working. At first they were connected and clicked when the gate closed but didn’t react during the gate’s movement. Of course this was a critical issue for safety.

  1. Identifying the Problem: I noticed that the photocells’ relay stayed normally closed during the gate’s movement. This indicated an issue with the wiring or the controller settings.
  2. Implementing the Fix: To resolve this, I connected the common output of the Edge board with the Earth core of the 230V TPS power cable. Finally this small adjustment ensured the photocells worked as they should.
Upgrading Gate Automation: A Journey with Roger BE20 Presto and Centurion i5 Photocells

Understanding Centurion i5 Photocells

Centurion i5 Photocells are known for their reliability and safety features. In fact they create an invisible beam across the gate entrance, stopping the gate if the beam is interrupted.

Key Features:

  • Safety: Prevents the gate from closing on objects or people.
  • Reliable Operation: Works effectively in various weather conditions.
  • Easy Integration: Compatible with most gate controllers.

Overview of Roger BE20 Presto and Edge Controller

The Roger BE20 Presto motor and Edge controller are a powerful combination for gate automation.

Roger BE20 Presto:

  • Durability: Built to last with high-quality materials.
  • Performance: Offers smooth and efficient operation.
  • Compatibility: Works well with various gate types and controllers.

Edge Controller:

  • Advanced Features: Includes programmable settings and safety features.
  • Ease of Use: Simple to install and operate.
  • Reliability: Ensures consistent performance and control.


Upgrading to the Roger BE20 Presto motor with the Edge controller, and integrating Centurion i5 photocells, significantly enhances gate automation. The process involved careful installation and troubleshooting to ensure everything worked seamlessly. This upgrade not only improves performance but also enhances safety and reliability. For professional installation and maintenance, contact us today. We specialize in gate automation and ensure your system operates at its best.

Upgrading Gate Automation: A Journey with Roger BE20 Presto and Centurion i5 Photocells

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