Connecting and Signal Detection for External Encoder

This section will explain how to connect the external encoder to the Coaxlink’s I/O board and verify signal reception. Wiring Map

External I/O Connector (Pin Define) | Remote Board (Pin Define)

You can find more information in the official Euresys documentation.

External I/O Connector

Pin Signal Usage
1 GND Ground
2 DIN12+ High-speed differential input #12 – Positive pole
3 IIN11+ Isolated input #11 – Positive pole
4 IIN13- Isolated input #13 – Negative pole
5 IIN14- Isolated input #14 – Negative pole
6 IOUT12- Isolated contact output #12 – Negative pole
7 GND Ground
8 Not connected
9 GND Ground
10 GND Ground
11 DIN12- High-speed differential input #12 – Negative pole
12 IIN11- Isolated input #11 – Negative pole
13 IIN12+ Isolated input #12 – Positive pole
14 IIN13+ Isolated input #13 – Positive pole
15 IIN14+ Isolated input #14 – Positive pole
16 IOUT12+ Isolated contact output #12 – Positive pole
17 TTLIO12 TTL input/output #12
18 GND Ground
19 DIN11- High-speed differential input #11 – Negative pole
20 DIN11+ High-speed differential input #11 – Positive pole
21 IIN12- Isolated input #12 – Negative pole
22 IOUT11- Isolated contact output #11 – Negative pole
23 IOUT11+ Isolated contact output #11 – Positive pole
24 GND Ground
25 TTLIO11 TTL input/output #11
26 +12V +12 V Power output

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Remote Board

Pin Signal Usage Pin Signal Usage
1 GND Ground 14 +12V +12 V Power output
2 DIN11- High-speed differential input #11 – Negative pole 15 DIN11+ High-speed differential input #11 – Positive pole
3 DIN12- High-speed differential input #12 – Negative pole 16 DIN12+ High-speed differential input #12 – Positive pole
4 GND Ground 17 GND Ground
5 IIN11- Isolated input #11 – Negative pole 18 IIN11+ Isolated input #11 – Positive pole
6 IIN12- Isolated input #12 – Negative pole 19 IIN12+ Isolated input #12 – Positive pole
7 IIN13- Isolated input #13 – Negative pole 20 IIN13+ Isolated input #13 – Positive pole
8 IIN14- Isolated input #14– Negative pole 21 IIN14+ Isolated input #14 – Positive pole
9 GND Ground 22 NC Not connected
10 IOUT11- Isolated contact output #11 – Negative pole 23 IOUT11+ Isolated contact output #11 – Positive pole
11 IOUT12- Isolated contact output #12 – Negative pole 24 IOUT12+ Isolated contact output #12 – Positive pole
12 GND Ground 25 TTLIO11 TTL input/output #11
13 GND Ground 26 TTLIO12 TTL input/output #12

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Wiring External Input Signals to the Remote Board

Wiring on Remote board

In this case, as encoder signals are being used, the High-speed differential input #11 has been selected as the connection point for its capability to handle high-speed signals. For signals that are not high-speed, standard input ports can be utilized. It’s important to select an appropriate input port based on the signal speed to ensure optimal performance and accuracy of the system.

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Wiring Strob Output from the Remote Board

wiring_TTLIO11

Trigger Camera Control Method

The Coaxlink card supports two modes for camera triggering:
  • NC Mode (Freerun):
  • The camera captures images continuously at its own pace, independent of external signals.
  • RG Mode (Asynchronous):
  • The frame grabber dictates the camera's cycle rate and exposure, synchronizing it with external triggers like an encoder.

RG Mode is ideal for situations requiring precise timing control, such as high-speed imaging or synchronized event capture. Select the mode that best fits your application’s requirements.

Configuration in the Device Tab (Step 1)

RG Settings

Adjust the following parameters in the Device Tab to configure the RG mode:
  • Set the Camera Control Method to RG.
  • Enable Exposure Readout Overlap to allow the exposure and readout processes to overlap, optimizing the camera cycle time.
  • Set the Cycle Trigger Source to Immediate, which triggers the camera cycle without waiting for an external trigger.
  • The Cycle Trigger Source is a critical setting. Choose LIN1 (see Step 3 for detailed settings) or Divider as the source. It's essential to set this parameter correctly for proper system operation.

Calculating the Cycle Minimum Period

To ensure the proper camera cycle rate, calculate the Cycle Minimum Period with this formula:

For example, if your camera's frame rate (FPS) is 40, the calculation would be:
  • Cycle Minimum Period = 1 / 40 FPS = 0.025 seconds = 25 milliseconds (ms)
Given the 25 ms Cycle Minimum Period, set both the Exposure Time and the Strobe Duration to 20 milliseconds (20000 microseconds) to ensure they remain within this operational limit. This keeps the camera's exposure and illumination well-coordinated and prevents exceeding the maximum allowed cycle time.
  • Exposure Time = 20000 microseconds (20 ms), which is less than the 25 ms limit.
  • Strobe Duration = 20000 microseconds (20 ms), which also does not exceed the 25 ms limit.

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Setting the TriggerSource(Step 2)

TriggerSource

Different camera manufactures might use different names for their parameters.Always check with the camera manufacturer on parameters to set.

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Setting the InputTool (Step 3)

InputTool

When configuring the InputTool in your system, it’s important to understand the function of each parameter:

  • LineInputToolSelector:
  • This parameter serves as a central reference for the InputTool configuration, encompassing the selected source and activation mode for the input. Once set, LineInputToolSelector ensures consistency across the system; any changes made to this parameter will automatically update all related settings that reference it. This feature streamlines the process of modifying the input source or trigger method, as adjustments need only be made once at this central point.
  • LineInputToolSource:
  • This parameter defines the source of the input signal. It can be used to specify where the signal is coming from, such as a specific hardware port or an internal source.
  • LineInputToolActivation:
  • This parameter sets the activation mode of the input tool. It determines how the tool reacts to the input signal, such as triggering on a rising edge, falling edge, or other condition.

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Verifying Operation with EventCount (Step 4)

EventSelector

  • EventSelector:
  • This parameter allows you to select the source for event monitoring. You can set it to LIN1 (as described in Step 3) or choose Divider as the source. Selecting the correct EventSelector enables you to track specific events relevant to your input configuration.
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">EventCount:</span></li>
    This parameter displays the count of the events detected. A value in EventCount indicates successful operation. For consistent movements over fixed distances, you will observe an equivalent accumulation in the EventCount value.
    
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">EventCountReset:</span></li>
    This parameter can be used to reset the EventCount value. It is useful for clearing the count to facilitate easier tracking and calculations of new events.
    

Click the button shown in the figure below to retrieve the current counter value.

update_the_counter

animated_eventcount

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Setting the Strobe Output (Step 5)

Strobe-Output

  • LineSelector [Selector]:
  • This parameter is set to TTLIO11 to select the corresponding line for strobe output configuration.
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">LineMode:</span></li>
    The line mode is set to Output, which configures the selected line to act as an output, driving the strobe signal.
    
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">LineSource:</span></li>
    The source for the line is set to Device0Strobe
    

Setting Divider with External Signals

Most encoders emit high-frequency signals, which are often too rapid for direct camera triggering. Using a divider, these signals can be adjusted to lower frequencies, suitable for stable camera activation, ensuring accurate and consistent image capturing.

DividerTool

  • DividerToolSelector:
  • This parameter acts as the central identifier for the Divider Tool configuration, integrating the selected source (specified by DividerToolSource), the activation control (determined by DividerToolEnableControl), and the division factor (set by DividerToolDivisionfactor) for the input. Once DividerToolSelector is configured, it guarantees consistency across the system; any subsequent modifications to the source, activation, or division factor are centralized through this single parameter. This consolidation simplifies the adjustment process, enabling changes to be made in one place that then propagate to all related configurations.
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">DividerToolSource:</span></li>
    Select LIN1 for the source, as previously described in Step 3.
    
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">DividerToolEnableControl:</span></li>
    Set this to 'Enable' to activate the divider tool.
    
    <li><span style="background-color: yellow;">DividerToolDivisionfactor:</span></li>
    Enter the division factor value you wish to use for frequency division.
    

Once you have configured the Divider Tool, remember to revisit Step 1 to adjust the ‘Cycle Trigger Source’ accordingly. Additionally, you can verify the functionality by modifying the ‘EventSelector’ in Step 4. These steps ensure that your settings are consistent and functional across the system.