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Rigger Dip Switch Settings Explained

07/09/2010

Eight DIP switches are available to the user. To access them unscrew the protective blanking plug on the back of the unit. Through the hole the switches are numbered one to eight from left to right. The switches are OFF when they are in the down position and ON when they are slid to their top position.

Address Mode – DIP 1

Two addressing modes are available, Standard and Auto Addressing.
Standard addressing assigns addresses sequentially, starting with channel 1 and finishing with channel 8 or 16 depending on the controller type. The start address is determined by the setting of DIP switches 2 and 3.


Auto addressing scans all the available addresses from 1 to 999 and assigns them to channels on a first found, first assigned basis. The scan of all addresses occurs on power up and as a consequence the unit can take up to 5 seconds to complete its scan before operation of the discovered controllers can begin. When using auto addressing care must be taken to ensure that all the chain hoists controllers are powered up before the RIGGER starts it scan. If this is not the case then units may be assigned in an unexpected order and therefore hoists may not appear on the channels numbers as expected.

Address Banks – DIP 2 and 3


When used in standard addressing mode the start address for channel 1 can be set via DIP switches 2 and 3. This can be set to either 1, 9, 17 or 25 using a combination of the two switches as outlined in the table above.

Maximum Speed – DIP 4 and 5


The RIGGER control units can control a variety of chain hoists at the same time. As each chain hoist type will have its own maximum speed, sending the position of the speed control as a percentage 0 - 100% would result in the different hoists running at different speeds. The speed is therefore sent to the units as a value in millimetres per second. The speed range is determined by the maximum speed set by DIP switches 4 and 5.

Note

In versions of rigger software prior to 1.5 the maximum speed settings were 100, 200, 300, 400 this has now been changed to 100, 200, 400, 800 to allow for a wider range of control.

Ramp Rate – DIP 6 and 7


DIP switches 6 and 7 are used to set the rate of ramp rate for moves normally a rate of 100mm/s/s is adequate for most situations, but faster motors may require higher ramp rates.


The Ramp rate can only be set in Rigger firmware 1.5 or greater, in earlier versions of the software the Ramp rate was fixed at 100mm/s/s. In earlier versions of the firmware these switches should be left in the off position.

Programming Mode – DIP 8


Development of RIGGER controllers is an on-going process and as new features and facilities are added to the software you may wish to take advantage of these by upgrading your controller. This can be done very simply and full details of how to do this will be supplied with any software upgrades. The software can be downloaded from any personal computer that has an available serial port. When programming new software into the controller DIP switch 8 is set to the ON position. At all other times and for normal operation this switch should be left in the OFF position.

 

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