Double slip wiring video

Connecting a double slip to a control panel can appear confusing. This video sets out to explain a common trap that people fall into and explains how to connect to a MegaPoints Controllers mimic panel.

 Video here

Product announcement – Kato and stall motor driver available

The board has user changeable modes for stall or Kato turnouts and is available for immediate shipping.

When in stall motor mode it is capable of driving up to six Tortoise™, Uhlenbrock or Cobalt type motors that are either designed to stall or switch off when the travel is completed. Our driver board intelligently cuts the power to the device after 5 seconds of movement.

In Kato mode the board can drive up to six Kato points by connecting to the six output terminals. It will intelligently move one turnout at a time in rapid succession – even if all six are requested to change thereby lowering the power requirements to the board.

The board should be powered by a 12 volt power supply minimum 1 Amp for Kato mode and minimum 500mA for stall mode.

The stall/Kato driver board can be controlled directly from our optional DCC decoder, a mimic panel (our MultiPanel processor) or indirectly via our route processor for automatic route selection and is equally at home on analogue (DC) or digital (DCC) installations.

For more information and demonstration video see:  https://megapointscontrollers.com/wp1/product/stall-kato/

Servo Controller software update available

Servo Controller software update version 1.5

OCTOBER 2017

NOTE: Version 1.5 software has been fitted as standard from 18-SEP-2017 on all Servo Controllers.

A software update to the servo controller is now available. This update is optional and offers the following changes/improvements:

  • Semaphore motion now smoothly transitions between end points if switches are toggled during the movement.
  • Switch inputs may be inverted to suit your layout needs.
  • Relay support for servo controllers has been dropped as relays are better served by the lower cost dedicated relay driver.
  • Servo pulses are automatically disabled approximately half a second after the final position has been reached. If you have a ticking or buzzing servo this should quieten it. Analogue servos will appear as though the motor has been powered off. Digital servos will continue to hold their position but in a quieter manner as digital servos regenerate the last known pulse internally (that’s what makes them digital servos).

 

By default pulses are disabled with the signal line held high, however they may be toggled between the following states: a) Held High, b) Continuously On, and c) Held Low.

Please see the Servo Controller User Guide revision 27 for details on changing the modes.

The following Servo Controller board versions have been tested and are compatible with the software update:

1.8f 1.8g, 1.8h, 1.8i

If you desire this software upgrade please follow this procedure:

  • Order the upgrade via the website link here There is a handling charge per board to cover costs.
  • Return your current board to us via post only. Quote your order number and include your return address inside the packaging.
  • The upgrade is available via the website only.

Please do not hand deliver boards at exhibition, we lack the facilities manage in person returns.

Mythical Sidings mimic panel hookup video available

The Mythical Sidings mimic panel wiring and demonstration video is now available from here or the feedback module product page. This video shows how we hook up a mimic panel and include feedback information from the layout to display block occupancy (Train On Track) and points position – even if manually moved by an operator.

CAN Adapter tweaks video added

We’ve tweaked the CAN Adapter and incorporated a jumper activated terminator resistor. See the tweaks video from the product page here.