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  • Analog Output Maxi Automation Error

     hiffi updated 9 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • hiffi

    Member
    May 5, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Hello,

    I have problems with my Controllino Maxi Automation.

    I want to use the analog outputs (AO0 and AO1). But I can only generate 0V or 24V at these outputs (nothing in between). According to the program and example description I would have expected 5V (AO0) and 10V (AI0). I pulled the outputs to GND via a 10kOhm pull-down resistor. Otherwise nothing else is connected.

    I used the following program:

    Code:

    #include /* Usage of CONTROLLINO library allows you to use CONTROLLINO_xx aliases in your sketch. */// the setup function runs once when you press reset (CONTROLLINO RST button) or connect the CONTROLLINO to the PC
    void setup() {
    // initialize all used digital output pins as outputs
    pinMode(CONTROLLINO_AO0, OUTPUT);
    pinMode(CONTROLLINO_AO1, OUTPUT);
    }

    // the loop function runs over and over again forever
    void loop() {
    int analogOut0 = 127; // 0 – 255 to be set (0 – 10 000 mV, or 0 – 20 000 uA)
    int analogOut1 = 255; // 0 – 255 to be set (0 – 10 000 mV, or 0 – 20 000 uA)
    analogWrite(CONTROLLINO_AO0, analogOut0); // set the analog output 0 to 5V or 10mA
    analogWrite(CONTROLLINO_AO1, analogOut1); // set the analog output 1 to 10V or 20mA
    }

     

    Is there a hardware defect? Or must other settings for activation be made for the analog outputs of the Controllino Maxi Automation.

    With kind regards

    Bjorn

  • niellsonn

    Member
    May 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Hello,

    I had exactly the same problem so I think this might not be a hardware defect. However, I did not pursue solving this problem any further but managed to find a workaround (not using the analog out pins) for my specific problem. So, if you managed to find a solution, I would be happy to let us know.

    Best regards,

    niellsonn

  • ethan-corbett

    Member
    May 13, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Hello,

    I also had the same problem. I contacted the manufacturer and the issue is not a hardware defect, rather a production error. The outputs were configured for 0-20mA instead of 0-10V. If you follow the website tutorial below, you should find that the 0 ohm resistors are missing. So to change the MAXI outputs to 0-10V simply add a solder bridge where the 0 ohm resistors are supposed to be. This fixed the issue for me.

    Website tutorial:

    https://www.controllino.biz/knowledge-base/current-outputs-maxi-automation/

    Regards,

    Ethan

  • hiffi

    Member
    May 14, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry for the late response.

    Yes! That was the same problem for my Controllino. The 0 Ohm Resistors were missing. So this wasn’t a technical or software issue, but a manufacturing issue.

    I would suggest to replace the resistors by jumpers. Thats would make switching between voltage and current output easier.

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