Automation control device – PoKeys used in orchidarium!

Recently, one of our customers, Tomaž P., sent us a description of his project “Orchidarium automation”. He uses our PoKeys57U usb CNC controller as an automation control device. We are glad to hear our devices are not installed only in [...]

Data acquisition with PoKeys and logging with Raspberry Pi

Versatility of PoKeys device makes it well suited as a component of an environment monitoring system. PoKeys device functions as a data acquisition point, as many different sensors can be easily connected to it. Acquired data can be stored directly [...]

Arduino Mega2560 and PoRelay8 relay boards with CAN bus

PoRelay8 board with 8 relay outputs can be connected to any device, which can communicate over I2C protocol (see example for Raspberry Pi and PoKeys). If 8 relay outputs do not satisfy your demands, additional 9 boards can be daisy-chained [...]

Raspberry Pi 3 and PoRelay8 relay boards – Part 2 (CAN bus)

First part of this blog (you can find it here) was about connecting and controlling single PoRelay8 board with Raspberry Pi. Relay board and Raspberry Pi were communicating over I2C bus. Setup in this example has two limitations: First, I2C [...]

PoKeys meets ThingSpeak – reporting data to IoT cloud

Late in December Xively IoT platform has announced retirement of its free service Xively Personal, support for which was already integrated into our Ethernet PoKeys devices. One of possible alternatives is ThingSpeak IoT platform. Free version offers up to 3 [...]

Raspberry Pi and PoRelay8 relay boards – Part 1

PoRelay8 is a relay board and features 8 relay outputs. Up to 10 boards can be daisy-chained over the CAN bus for up to 80 additional outputs. In previous blog (Using PoRelay8 with PoKeys and long cables) we wrote about [...]

Using PoRelay8 with PoKeys and long cables

Porelay8 board allows expanding the number of outputs of the PoKeys device by using the PoExtBus. It features 8 relay outputs. Up to 10 boards can be daisy-chained over the CAN bus for up to 80 additional outputs. CAN (Controller [...]

PoScope4 release 3.2

Fix We fixed which was causing software crashes when selecting and opening file in Recorder.

PoScope4 release 3.1

The latest release introduces new features and improvements Low pass filter on analog channels We're introducing low pass filters to smooth out signals on analog inputs. This is very useful feature to get rid of noise and improve trigger stability. Filter on analog [...]

PoLabs and Lego Maters 2017

PoLabs was sponsoring the Lego Master 2017 competition on Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana Quoted from source: http://lego-masters.si/ The fifth contest Lego Masters is behind us. The organizers would like to thank all the participants that they devoted the [...]

Confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

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 [...]

USB CNC Controller – PoKeys57CNCdb25 User’s manual – part1

Introduction of USB CNC Controllers USB CNC Controller (PoKeys products) line consists of simple, easy-to-use USB and network devices with the extended list of features making them powerful input/output devices. PoKeys57CNCdb25 is an USB device and is the smallest of [...]

Encoder Threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller PoKeys57CNC

Digital Machinist article: Encoder Threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller PoKeys57CNC I was excited to hear that threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller Pokeys57CNC with an encoder was now working. I just had to try [...]

New communication options in PoBlocks

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 [...]

Updated PoKeys plugin for Mach4 released

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 [...]

Ground loop – What is it and why we should avoid it?

Ground loop is a result of electricity flowing to a ground over two or more paths. Ground loop is usually generated by connecting together different power sources. Users in many cases believe that all ground points are at the same [...]

PoScope4 release 3.0

The latest release of PoScope4 introduces new features and improvements PWM protocol decoder We're introducing new PWM protocol decoder which helps with debugging of PWM signals. PWM decoder Improvements Improvement of export routines to speed up export to CSV [...]

PoScope4 release 2.9

The latest release of PoScope4 introduces new features and improvements 1-wire protocol decoder We're introducing new 1-wire protocol decoder including 1-wire sensor decoder for most popular 1-wire sensors. 1-wire protocol decoder   1-wire protocol decoder settings dialog [...]