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Confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

By |February 6th, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

This blog article is mostly to explain the confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout, as some users reported it. There is a myriad of connectors and signals, some are labelled as 'PoKeys pins', others are not, some have special function (e.g. limit switch inputs), some are general purpose... Short history of PoKeys devices Let's start with some history [...]

New communication options in PoBlocks

By |January 21st, 2017|CNC, CNC Machine, Home automation, PLC, PoKeys|

PoBlocks just got a set of new communication features in PoKeys57 series ethernet devices. UDP sender enables PoKeys device to send simple messages using UDP protocol on request from the PoBlocks project. PoKeys InterCom protocol on the other hand enables sending data between PoKeys devices. PoKeys (Simple) UDP sender As the name applies, UDP sender [...]

Updated PoKeys plugin for Mach4 released

By |January 11th, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

A new version of the PoKeys plugin for Mach4 was released today. Most changes have been done 'under the hood', the biggest one affecting the MPG jogging with PoKeys devices. MPG jogging is a very useful feature of PoKeys57CNC devices that enables improved control over the CNC machine and resembles the handwheel of a manual [...]

Metal dance pad with USB interface (Customer project)

By |July 11th, 2016|PoKeys|

Metal dance pad is another project by our customer that uses PoKeys57U. Let's let Gal describe it. Original post was published on http://e.pavlin.si/2016/06/02/metal-dance-pad-with-load-cell-sensors/ Metal dance pad with load cell sensors Finished pad   What happens one a man has too much time and a workshop with fancy toys in his garage? With school being too [...]

Model railway automation (Customer project)

By |July 11th, 2016|PoKeys|

We are beginning the list of customer's projects with Ian's model railway automation using PoKeys57U devices. Here is the presentation of the project by Ian H. Model railway automation - Terminus station I’m building a fairly large model railway and I have a special interest in signalling. Although the signalling will be manual, semaphore signalling, [...]

PoBlocks tutorial – Pulse engine, custom PoIL code

By |May 27th, 2016|Home automation, Other, PLC, PoKeys, Stepper driver, Stepper motor|

In this PoBlocks tutorial, we will describe how PoBlocks can be used to solve a stepper motor positioning task. PoBlocks is a graphical programming tool for PoKeys device and is free of charge for PoKeys users. Background We have been approached by one of our users on how a positioning system can be implemented using [...]

Slip ring test with PoKeys

By |May 6th, 2016|Other, PoKeys|

A slip ring test? What does this have to do with PoKeys? Well, we needed a cheap slip ring for one of our test projects and we got some from China. Slip rings are devices that transfer electrical signal from stator (non-rotating part of the device) to the rotor (rotating part of the device) using [...]

PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3

By |April 27th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

This short tutorial will show you how to configure the PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3 as an USB motion controller. We'll go through plugin installation, plugin configuration and device configuration. PoKeys57CNCdb25 Installation PoKeys plugin is automatically installed by PoKeys setup to C:\Mach3 folder. It requires .NET 3.5 to be installed on the PC prior installation. [...]

Mach4 tutorial – Custom signal mapping

By |April 25th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

This tutorial will show how to trigger an action in Mach4 based on signal change. In Mach4, user customization options are available via simple LUA scripting language. We will map the signal to one of the PoKeys inputs and configure it to trigger the 'Cycle start' function. We assume you have configured the PoKeys device [...]

Happy Easter and PoKeys57CNCdb25 announcement

By |March 26th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

It's Easter time and we have a new product to announce - PoKeys57CNCdb25. As its name suggests, it is a PoKeys57CNC in a smaller package, a package that allows it to be directly connected to a DB-25 connector of your old CNC machine. One would think that PoKeys57CNCdb25 is only a USB to parallel port [...]

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