Pilot Nexus Overview

Industry Automation 4.0

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Cloud

Big Data Analytics

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Linux Single Board Computer

Visualization/HMI Data Aggregation Web Interface

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Pilot Nexus Main Board

Real-Time Tasks

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Modules

Connect to sensors, actors and machinery

Pilot Nexus Full Stack

Our innovative single board computer extension has been built to encompass a huge range of potential applications.

 

Pilot Nexus is not only an expanded connectivity layer, it’s a complete technology stack from hardware to firmware. Integrating everything from task-specific drivers to cloud storage, we’ve devised a way to increase productivity and vastly improve upon communications between multiple control devices.

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Sensors

Connect any digital or analog sensor.

Motors

Directly drive motors

Pneumatic Valves

Easily integrate valve control

Switches

Physical or over the web

Power Meters

Easily connected and monitored

Wireless

From WiFi to LoRa

What Pilot Nexus can do

Amescon’s Pilot Nexus provides users with the ability to upgrade single board computers, e.g. The RaspBerryPi, into very powerful automation platforms.

 

And with a range of low-cost plugin modules available, each with rich software applications to make installation and operation easy, the device is ideal for industrial automation and home automation alike. It boasts dynamic wiring and ultra-fast logic, a 32 bit ARM microcontroller for real-time operating, real-time clocking, and all software is made Open Source.

Install Pilot Software on Raspberry Pi

You need a Raspberry Pi with a compatible Raspbian or Ubuntu Mate installation, an internet connection on the Raspberry Pi and a terminal session (SSH or a Terminal window) open.
 
Make sure you have a kernel version to which a driver is available. Supported Kernel Versions:
 
Plug in the Pilot Mainboard and Modules
 
Create a user on amescon.com You will need username and password for the pilot-config tool. Check your email to verify your email address.
 
Install pilot-config Run: sudo -H pip3 install pilot-config
 
Run sudo pilot-config If you are running the tool for the first time, drivers are installed and a reboot is required.
 
After reboot, re-run sudo pilot-config
Log in with your user credentials.
Inserted boards should be automatically detected and you can build and install the firmware for it.
If no boards show up you might have an old firmware version on board. Just continue and program the board without detected modules and re-run the pilot-config tool. You should now see the modules listed and you can build and program the firmware for it.
After programming, you need to reload the drivers: sudo modprobe -r pilot_fpga pilot_io pilot_plc pilot_rtc pilot_slcd pilot_ tty pilot sudo modprobe pilot pilot_fpga pilot_io pilot_plc pilot_rtc pilot_slcd pilot_ tty

  • 8 Digital Input PiloT Module
  • 5-30V Input Voltage
  • Switching on 1/2 of the reference voltage with hysteresis
  • Jumper: internal (5V or 24V) or external (5-30V)
  • Possible configurations: Input-Module (GPIOs) or Counter (Interrupts)
  • Available with pin-header or pluggable spring-cage connector

Technical Specifications

  • Size: 36.6mm x 29.8mm (1.441in x 1.173in)

8 Input module with header connector

Pinout

How to use

First, connect the module and configure it using the pilot-config tool For a getting started Tutorial on the PiloT Platform in general visit http://amescon.com/pilots/getting-started/ When the driver is configured, you can use the Inputs like regular GPIOs on the Raspberry Pi. If it is the first GPIO module on the PiloT, the base address would be 55. So the GPIOs are 55-62 (I0-I7).

Export the IOs

echo 55 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 56 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 57 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 58 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 59 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 60 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 61 > /sys/class/gpio/export && 
echo 62 > /sys/class/gpio/export

Output current value of all 8 Inputs

cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio55/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio56/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio57/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio58/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio59/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio60/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio61/value && 
cat /sys/class/gpio/gpio62/value

Applications

Buttons, digital outputs of other devices, Smart-Metering

  • 8 Digital Output PiloT Module for the PiloT Mainboard
  • 5-50V Input Voltage
  • 500 mA output source current capability
  • Direct drive of inductive loads (e.g relays) due to integrated clamp diodes
  • Jumper: internal (5V or 24V) or external (5-50V)
  • Available with pin-header or pluggable spring-cage connector
  • Size: 36.6mm x 29.8mm (1.441in x 1.173in)

Applications

  • Drive large relays
  • LEDs
  • Drive small motors

  • RS-232 Extension Module for the PiloT Mainboard
  • Speed: 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200 baud
  • Possible configurations: 2xRS-232 (Rx/Tx) or RS-232 + Hardware-Handshake

Applications

  • measurement systems
  • debug terminals
  • simple PC communication
  • PLCs
  • other RS-232 connected devices

  • RS-485 Extension Module for the PiloT Mainboard
  • Possible configurations: Full duplex (RS-485 4-wire) or 2 port half-duplex
  • Up to 128 transceivers
  • ESD protected
  • Speed: 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200 baud

- Size: 36.6mm x 29.8mm (1.441in x 1.173in)

Applications

  • Building Automation
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Stage Lighting and Effects (DMX512)
  • solar inverters
  • other RS-485 enabled equipment

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In the lead-up to and alongside developing Pilot Nexus, Amescon has fulfilled the needs of a diverse range of clients across multiple industry sectors. If you need software or hardware developed that would bring solutions to any technical problems that your business happens to be facing then please do contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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