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PETER'S BLOG

Gardasoft Products and Engineering

September 2019

USA Visit

This summer, I visited the United States to do some face-to-face customer training. I had been looking forward to it as I hadn't been there for a while. Since my last visit, I've been concentrating on Asia while my colleague, Doug Bourne, visited the US numerous times to support our activities there. It was good to meet customers and find out what sort of systems they were working on and what new products or features would help them get even better results from their machine vision systems.

September Newletter Topics

Peter Bhagat's Blog

Lighting Accessories and Cables

We have a number of controller cables and accessory products which don’t get as much attention as the mainstream products. These fall into two categories: DIN rail kits and cable adapters. I'll give you a brief summary of these products, but you can find out more and download the Installation Notes from our Cables and Accessories page.

The RCxxx controllers have a built in DIN rail clip. The TR-HTxxx controllers do not have a DIN rail kit because this range are high-power controllers that needs to be panel-mounted. They are also too heavy to mount to a DIN rail successfully.

PP701: DIN rail kit for PP4xx, PP5xx and PP6xx range controllers.
PP703: DIN rail kit for CC320.
PP705: DIN rail kit for PP8xx, PP16xx range controllers.
PP706: DIN rail kit for RTxxx, RTCCxxx range controllers.

PP712: Cable adapter from tinned leads to 2-pin JST connector. This can be used to adapt from lighting output screw terminals to Japanese 12V lights.
PP713: Cable adapter from tinned leads to 3-pin JST connector. This can be used to adapt from lighting output screw terminals to Japanese 24V lights.
PP714: Cable adapter from tinned leads to 3-pin JST connector. This can be used to adapt from lighting output screw terminals to Japanese high brightness 3V lights.

PP715: Cable adapter from 5-pin M12 male connector to tinned leads. This can be used to connect from some camera trigger outputs to lighting controller trigger inputs.
PP716: Cable adapter from 5-pin M12 female connector to tinned leads. This can be used to connect from the lighting output screw terminals to lights fitted with an M12 connector.

Are there any problems you have using our controllers which we could solve with an accessory part? If so please tell us.

Product Improvements

Many of the features of our controllers are implemented in firmware. One set of firmware files is used to provide the firmware for many products. This means that when we make an improvement, it will apply to lots of controllers. We have recently made a change which improves the accuracy of the output current right from very low currents to high current pulses. Any firmware version v056 or later will have this improvement. This change is being applied to the RT, RC and HT ranges of controllers over the next few weeks.

We generally only release new firmware for each product every few months when we have an additional feature. Sharing the code helps us keep the firmware to a very high quality as it means that all the code gets lots of testing across a range of different products and applications.

Best Wishes

Peter Bhagat