This motor controller board can be used in two ways. You can use your PC flowchart software to write the control application for an 18 pin PIC, or by fitting two more LEDs and downloading some free basic software on to the board you can use it as a standalone sequence controller (see sequence_controller.zip for details and software). This allows students to first pick up the basics of motor direction control, using the sequence controller. Then using the same hardware they are now familiar with, move on to more advanced flowchart control.
The board has four inputs, complete with test switches and four outputs complete with debug LEDs. The outputs can drive two motors with forward and reverse control or four motors with on / off control. However please note the outputs work in pairs and this means that when using four motors, it is not possible to drive motors 1&2 at the same time, nor can outputs 3&4 be driven at the same time.
The new improved version of this board uses a motor driver IC which gives far improved motor power performance due to it’s very low output saturation (the motor output voltage can get closer to the supply voltage).
The kit is compatible with most educational PICs & software. Requires 18 Pin Processor not included.
This kit contains:
- 1 x 3.5mm PCB mount jack socket
- 2 x 47ohm resistors
- 4 x 330ohm resistors
- 6 x 10Kohm resistors
- 1 x 100Kohm resistor
- 4 x 5mm red LEDs
- 4 x 4 way terminal blocks
- 1 x 2 way terminal block
- 1 x 18 pin IC holder
- 1 x FAN8100N motor driver IC
- 5 x PCB mount switches
- 9 x 10nF capacitors, ceramic
- 2 x 470uF capacitors, electrolytic
- 3 x 1N4001 diodes
- 1 x PP3 clip lead
- 1 x 4C battery holder
- 1 x heat sink
- 1 x 5V red LED
- 1 x 5V green LED
- 1 x motor controller PCB
PCB dimensions: 110mm x 67mm.
Requires x4 C batteries, available separately. Use rechargeable or alkaline batteries with this kit, zinc carbon batteries are not suitable.
Also available in a pre-built version.
This kit is designed and manufactured in the UK by Kitronik.
Would one of these drive two stepper motors?
Posted byon Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Unfortunately you wouldn’t be able to use this board to drive to stepper motor. This is because this board drives the motors in pairs, so motors 1 and 2 are driven together and motors 3 and 4 are driven together. As with a stepper motor you need to drive each coil separately you need a specific motor driver chip. You could use 2 of these https://www.kitronik.co.uk/5108-kitronik-motor-stepper-motor-drive-board.html as each one can drive one stepper motor.
in the instructions it mentions that you can add extra outputs "Output expansion connector The processor has four extra outputs in addition to the four outputs used to control the motors. A 6-way connector on a tenth of an inch spacing can be used to connect a separate board or other output devices to the board. The maximum current for each of these pins is 25mA. Power connections are also present on this connector" my question is How would i connect items to these additional outputs, say a couple of leds and a buzzer. Connected to outputs pl1 5,6 and 7, would I connect one cable to outputs pl1 5, 6 and 7 and then the other cable to either PL2 + or pl2 - the instructions it mentions that you can add extra outputs "Output expansion connector The processor has four extra outputs in addition to the four outputs used to control the motors. A 6-way connector on a tenth of an inch spacing can be used to connect a separate board or other output devices to the board. The maximum current for each of these pins is 25mA. Power connections are also present on this connector" my question is how would i connect items to these additional outputs say as couple of leds and a buzzer. connected to outputs 5 6 7
Posted byon Wednesday, 16 December 2015
To connect this up you would need to connect the required device to the selected pin, and then connect it to 0V, to turn the device on you would drive the selected pin high in the software.
Can I download onto a genie chip through this board using circuit wizard?
Posted byon Wednesday, 14 May 2014Yes you can.
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