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FAQ

How to create my first lococube® project ?


It is very easy to create your first lococube® project using the intuitive graphical programming software miCon-L. In comparision to C programming within Keil MDK or Arduino you don´t have to learn any programming language. To easily get in touch with the lococube® programming please have a closer look at the following video which shows the five essential steps to your project.


My first graphical mini-PLC project


Which Programming Tool should I use for my lococube® project ?


There are three options to program the lococube®.
In any case the software is free-of-charge.
Basic programming knowledge -> miCon-L
Basic C programming knowledge -> Arduino
C programming experience -> KEIL MDK


Can I directly connect a Stepper Motor to a lococube®?


Yes, it is possible to directly connect an unipolar Stepper Motor (e.g. RS Art. No. 191-8299) to a STG-8xx lococube®. Simply write your program in miCon-L, C-Code or within the Arduino IDE to get full control of the stepper motor. So you get an easy an cheap solution for small Motion & Control Applications. 


Does the lococube® feature a serial interface ?


Each STG-8xx lococube® features a serial TTL-232 Port (3.3V). This port allows usage as classical RS-232 interface when C Programming is used. You only need a hub to change TTL to RS-232 voltage level. Using the miCon-L Software Suite the serial interface is reserved for software communication only.


Is it possible to integrate my lococube® in LabView?


Several of our customers use a lococube® in combination with LabView. It is very easy to integrate your lococube® within LabView using the CAN communication interface. Simply use a CAN/USB adapter to interface the lococube® to your PC. The CAN protocol should contain the parameters and values to be shared with the LabView software.


Why do I get an error message switching to Open Source programming ?


The graphical programmable STG-8xx lococube® series are factory programmed using a readout protection. Switching to Open Source programming the readout protection has to be deactivated.


What kind of connector type is used with the lococube®?


The following connector type is used:

Manufacturer: Phoenix Contact
Type: COMBICON FMC1.5
Pitch: 3.5mm

Depending on the type of lococube® the connectors are green or black colored.


Can I directly connect a Stepper Motor to a lococube®?


Yes, it is possible to directly connect an unipolar Stepper Motor (e.g. RS Art. No. 191-8299) to a STG-8xx lococube®. Simply write your program in miCon-L, C-Code or within the Arduino IDE to get full control of the stepper motor. So you get an easy an cheap solution for small Motion & Control Applications. 


What´s the maximum CAN wiring cable lenght ?


1 Mbit/s -> 25 m

800 kbit/s -> 50 m

500 kbit/s -> 100 m

250 kbit/s -> 250 m

125 kbit/s -> 500 m

50 kbit/s -> 1000 m


Does the lococube® feature a serial interface ?


Each STG-8xx lococube® features a serial TTL-232 Port (3.3V). This port allows usage as classical RS-232 interface when C Programming is used. You only need a hub to change TTL to RS-232 voltage level. Using the miCon-L Software Suite the serial interface is reserved for software communication only.


How to fasten my lococube®?


There are four options to mount or fasten a lococube®.
You can fasten the lococube®:


With DIN Rail Kit HA-30

With DIN Rail Bracket HA-18

With two M4 screws

With cable ties (3.6mm)


Why does some lococube®s feature IrDA ?


The lococube® models supporting IrDA provide a reliable wireless infrared interface reading out and setting user-defined parameter from the internal memory. The Parameter Programmer PG-65 is the tool of choice to communicate with the IrDA lococube® models.


Why there is a voltage at a low-stated output?


Due to a small positive leakage current an output without any load will let you measure a voltage. A slight load to ground (e.g. 1mA) will cause a zero voltage at any low-stated output.