Point detection position for computer control
Thursday, 5 January 2006 | Admin
Monitoring of the position of your points.
There is an easy was to give iTrain or any train control software a way of know if you have change a point with manual or digitally operation. The benefit of doing this is if the point motor fails or if you manual change the point the software still knows you have repositioned the point.
With the Digikeijs DR4088LN-GND or DR4088GND versions you can set this up very simply with the Cobalt point motors. Using the volt free relay on the motor you can have a feedback message to the left position and the right position.
As you can see above the connection you need to make when using the IP Digital and Loconet detection module. When the Cobalt point motor charges it switches between the two different feedback output puts. With in iTrain you use this address and set the detection in the point accessory editor.
Once you have this set up above illustration is iTrain. When the point switches from one state to the other the message are received and then confirmed in the computer.