Making Relay8 really smart – free update that you must try out by yourself

We present a giant upgrade for PoRelay8 devices, which unlocks the true potential of PoRelay8 devices. We managed to implement the support for PoBlocks in our PoRelay8 devices. We are not talking about setting the PoRelay8 outputs via PoKeys and PoBlocks, via Raspberry Pi or Arduino, but about presenting a true programmable logic controller built … Read more

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Machinable case design for PoKeys57CNC motion controller

Although PoKeys57CNC devices are sold as ‘naked’ boards, the board itself can be used to make a case. How? Simply, employ the device as the USB or Ethernet motion controller for CNC device and machine one out of a solid block of metal or plastic. Our user Roman Batz carefully designed the case and provides … Read more

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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 inputs), some are general purpose… Short history of PoKeys devices Let’s start with some history … Read more

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 sending data between PoKeys devices. PoKeys (Simple) UDP sender As the name applies, UDP sender … Read more

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 that enables improved control over the CNC machine and resembles the handwheel of a manual … Read more

Metal dance pad

Metal dance pad with USB interface (Customer project)

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 … Read more

Model railway automation (Customer project)

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, … Read more

PoBlocks tutorial – Pulse engine, custom PoIL code

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 … Read more

Connecting slip ring to PoKeys

Slip ring test with 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 … Read more

Add PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3

PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3

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. 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. Note: If the … Read more

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