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Presto Push Button Switch Machine Control

$10.95 101601
Choose individual Presto Cards or options, or any of the listed specially priced combinations. The PRESTO card comes complete with two cables, each with connectors fitted at one end, for a 12 V DC power connection and for the connection to a Switch Motor. Note the Invisible Brakeman Quad Touch Button input card can operate up to Two PRESTO cards. (2 inputs are required per each PRESTO card). The Invisible Brakeman card comes with two cables, each with connectors fitted at both ends, for a plug and play connection for the 5 V DC power and the two touch signals, between the Invisible Brakeman card and the PRESTO card. It also comes with two separate insulated touch sensitive wires that can comprise two separate touch operation lines mounted conveniently on the layout.
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Multi-Panel Push Button Capability and Local Manual Control Disable Feature.

The panel push button or digital pulse inputs are normally open circuit and just require simple closure to ground to make active. Thus, they can be duplicated almost infinitely on almost any number of multiple remote panels and/or local layout positions, merely by extending and running each input wire as a bus through those desired locations.

In addition, two separate LOCAL OPTION DIGITAL INPUT digital line pairs, each with an center independently switchable ground line is provided, so that any electronic option functions connected to those LOCAL INPUTS can be independently disabled.

LOCAL INPUTS may be enabled simply by closing the open circuit enable line to ground or the provided ground line on the LOCAL DISABLE ground/enable line pair.

Multiple Both Single color and Bi-Color LED indicating capability

The SINGLE COLOR LED output pins are normally open circuit to Ground until enabled, so matching or summary indicator SINGLE COLOR LEDS can be placed on multiple remote panels and/or locally as well. They just each need to be powered to a positive voltage supply with a suitable current limiting series resistor.

The number of LEDS duplicated per output buss line, will depend only on the total current sinking limit of the CARD (recommended max 50 mA).

The BI-COLOR LED OUTPUTS consist of two lines alternately enabled to between Ground and ~ +11 V DC. Again these lines can be bussed through multiple locations and multiple BI-COLOR LEDS, each with its own suitable current limiting series resistor, connected ACROSS the line pair. Again, the number of LEDS duplicated per output, depends only on the total current sinking limit of the CARD (recommended max 60 mA ).

Switch Machine Motor and/or Multi-Switch Machines Motors Capability

The MOTOR and MOTOR(S) OUTPUTS consist of five pairs of lines alternately enabled to between Ground and ~ +11 V DC. A single Motor that does not have built-in current limiting resistors, may be driven from the MOTOR OUTPUT, via the appropriate resistors mounted on the PRESTO CARD. A Motor, or up to four Multiple Motors (for crossovers, slips, etc.) that have built-in, or appropriate series resistors, per Motor, should be connected to the MOTOR(S) OUTPUT instead. The MOTOR(S) OUTPUT can drive up to 120mA current total

Advanced Digital Electronic and Computer Driven operation capability.

All the digital option input control signals may be activated by any normally high, high impedance, when active, low sinking to ground when in active, digital output. This means that the entire functionality of the PRESTO card may be directly interfaced and controlled by nearly all popular micro-controllers or other digital electronic devices.

In addition, such control may be easily mixed with manual operation to provide the maximum flexibility and convenience for practical Operations sessions.

For example the Push Buttons may be used to provide manual operation of critical main line or yard turnouts, for skilled local operators. However, the same PRESTO controlled turnouts can be selectively disabled or completely over-ridden by a manual dispatcher, if present, or even operated partially or completely automatically by a computer operations program on those occasions when sufficient numbers of human operators are not available

The LOCAL OPTION DIGITAL INPUTS allow for the PRESTO Card to be operated from other current or future option electronic devices. Current examples might include the "Invisible Switchman' tm touch switching for use with scale switchstands, ROUTE SELECTION DIODE MATRICES, or other fixed function devices with digital outputs, such as occupancy detectors, frog powering units, the simplest inexpensive single output DCC sytatic decoders, etc.

The LOCAL OPTION DIGITAL INPUTS can also be used by programmable digital systems using micro-controllers, such as CMRI, and planned future PRESTO expanded functionality options.

Outstanding Ease of Installation and Configuration.

The electrical connections to the PRESTO card are made to industry standard, push-on, 0.1” pitch headers.

Matching header connectors and even pre-formed cables are readily and inexpensively available, as they are the same as those used on the popular Arduino Microcontrollers.

All of the PRESTO headers are broken into 2 pin pair sections, with each pair assigned to specific individual functions, and so allow for only the actually needed features to be cabled, for the lowest installation work and cost.

No polarity registration is needed and all the multi-pin connections are manually reversible, both at installation configuration, and any time later. That functionality allows the power up default throw direction, the operating throw-direction, the input button/digital pulse direction and the output LEDs indications to be user selected or changed without any re-wiring or internal programming required.

The power connector is specifically diode protected to prevent damage if connected in reverse.

Future Feature Options Support

Support Ready Separate additional headers are included to provide the necessary low power regulated outputs for planned future micro-controller expanded functionality options.