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Working with motors

Motors can be controlled in two different (electrical) ways:

  1. You can use a standard motor interface TDS13525 or TDS13526 (with internal preconfigured “motor function”). See all details below in the chapter ‘Motor interfaces’
  2. Make your own ‘motor function’ which will control standard output relay contacts. In this case you only use output contacts from a MICROS+, PICOS or from TDS13510 – 13512 interfaces. Depending on the application, there may be 1, 2 or 3 relay contacts needed. See all details below in the chapter 'motor function'.

Motor interfaces

Only applicable for TDS13525/TDS13526 - not for use with separated relay contact outputs; in this case see next chapter.

Description

The motors are used to control AC and DC motors as used in indoor/outdoor electrical curtains, shutters, drapes, sun blinds, screens, etc…
The function can control the motor rotating left, right and in stop position. This paragraph considers the Motors which are controlled by a Motor Interface (TDS13524, TDS 13525, TDS13526). For Motors controlled by 1 to 3 independent relays, please consult 'the motor function'.

The different available parameters

Within the function:

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Name Outputs:

The name giving of a 'Motor' function is separated in 3 parts:

Room
The room where the motor is situated.
Icon
Not visible or Motor icon.
Name
Introduce here a short and clear description of the Motor function (preferable max. 7 characters).

Settings

In the settings tab you can select the type of motor, e.g. roller blinds, curtains,.. controlled by the motor output. By selecting the type of motor some settings will be automatically assigned. E.g. for a roller blind 0% will be set to ‘UP’ for a curtain this will be ‘open’. Other settings on this tab page are:

0%
a text to display for the ‘OPEN/UP’ position of the motor and an arrow to display for running towards that position
100%
a text to display for the ‘CLOSED/DOWN’ position of the motor and an arrow to display for running towards that position.
Runtime 0% -> 100%
The time the motor needs to run from its 0% position to its 100% position.
Runtime 100% -> 0%
The time the motor needs to run from its 100% position to its 0% position.
Set the runtimes as precise as possible. This will improve the feedback/positioning of the motor. When running to the 0% or the 100% position, the system will add an extra time to make sure that the motor reaches its end position.
For TDS13526 the runtimes can be auto-calibrated using ‘Diagnostics’ for a more precise feedback/positioning.
Max. runtime is 250s.
Total slat time
(only available for ‘slatted’ motor types e.g. ‘Venetian blinds’). The total time for the slats to rotate from its ‘up’ position to its ‘down’ position.

Advanced

The following settings are available on this tab page

Invert motor direction
Check this option to revert the direction of the motor.
Automatically adjust run times
only available on interfaces that support ‘run detection’(TDS13526). Check this option to automatically adjust the runtimes over time (e.g. when motors start running slower due to wear).
Position indication
select whether the positon must be displayed for ‘all positions’, ‘only 0 and 100%’ or that the position must not be displayed.
Pre run 0%
only available if the ‘position indication’ is set to ‘all positions’. Select the time for the motor to run from 0% to 1% (or from 1% to 0%). E.g. if blinds are mounted higher than the top of the window.
Post run 100%
only available if the ‘position indication’ is set to ‘all positions’. Select the time for the motor to run from 99% to 100% (or from 100% to 99%). E.g. for a roller shutter it may take some time to stack the bars.
Limit standard UP/DOWN between
only available if the ‘position indication’ is set to ‘all positions’. Here you can define a limit for the UP (or OPEN) and the DOWN (or CLOSED) position. The feedback will change to ‘UP’ or ‘Down’ when this position is reached. E.g. for American stores.
Remark: These UP/DOWN limits can be overruled with a ‘Motor go to position’ function. This can be useful for cleaning purposes.

Auto Function

 Note

The behaviour of the Auto Function (previously called 'Sun Function' has been changed since PROSOFT version 3.6.21.47.

On the auto function tab there are settings to automate the motor in relation to the condition. Use this function to automatically steer the motor down when the condition is met. When the condition is not met the motor will automatically open.

Condition to activate the function
a function that must be ‘TRUE’ to activate the auto function.
Auto function motor position
the position the motor will go to when the condition is true.
Action delay
default 5 minutes. A delay between the moment the ‘Condition’ became true (or false) and the moment when the function will be activated (or deactivated). Use this delay to avoid that the auto function gets activated (or deactivated) if the condition is only true (or false) for a brief period.
Minimum hold time
default 20 minutes. A minimum delay between the activation and deactivation (or vice versa) of the sun function. Use this function to avoid that the sun function will be activated-deactivated repeatedly because the condition changes frequently.
The user can still control the motor manually when the auto function is activated. The auto function will be deactivated when the user takes an action on the motor. The user must explicitly re-enable the auto function or it needs to be configured with clocks to be automatically re-enabled. Note that when the auto function is re-enabled again that the condition will immediately be evaluated and the auto function will set the position accordingly
If the ‘Auto function motor position’ is set to less than 100% (e.g. 75%) the auto function will not start the motor if the motor is in a higher position (e.g. 85%).
It is always possible to enable or disable the auto function. To do this the "Auto function" action needs to be configured on a button or local mood.

Wind Protection

On the wind protection tab there are settings to protect the motor (of outdoor screens/blinds) against damage from wind. This can also be used for rain protection.

The wind protection function has always priority over any other action or function.
Condition to activate the wind protection
a function that must be ‘TRUE’ to activate the wind protection.
Wind protection motor position
the position the motor will go to when the condition is true.
Minimum hold time
default 30 min. The time the condition must be false to deactivate the ‘Wind protection’.
The wind protection is activated immediately when the condition becomes true, to avoid damage to the blinds.
The user cannot control the motor when the wind protection is activated and the wind condition is TRUE (too much wind).
IMPORTANT: Never set a motor that is in front of a door to the ‘DOWN’ or ‘CLOSED’ position for wind protection, as this may be a safety risk to the people in the house (e.g. in case of a fire).

Limit switches

On this tab page, inputs can be selected as feedback from limit switches for this motor (typically for contacts used in the frame of a gate, garage door system, …)

Limit switch 0%
the digital input signal for 0%
Limit switch 100%’;
the digital input signal for 100%

Working from a touch panel button (or digital input)

REMARK: for some options, PROSOFT will replace the ‘0%’ and ‘100%’ with the text entered in de ‘settings tab’ of the motor interface. E.g. the option ‘Go towards 0%’ will be called ‘Go towards UP’ or ‘Go towards OPEN’ or ….

Option 'START/STOP'

Short press
If the motor is running the motor will stop. If the motor is in a stationary position, the motor will start to run in the opposite direction of its last run (if the last run of the motor was towards the ‘100%’ position, the motor will start to run to the ‘0%’ position).
Long press'
working identical to 'Short press'.

Option ‘Go towards 0%'

Short press'
If the motor is running towards ‘0%’ the motor will stop. If the motor is in a stationary position, or running towards 100%, the motor will start to run towards the ‘0%’ position.
Long press'
working identical to 'Short press '.

Option ‘Go towards 100%’

Similar to ‘Go towards 0% but inversed direction.

Option ‘Go to position’.

  • Short press'' Depending on the selected value this function will toggle the motor between ‘a set position and 0%’ or between ‘a set position and 100%’. If the motor is at the ‘0% position’ (or the ‘100% position’), the motor will go to the given position. Otherwise the motor will go to the ‘0% position’ (or the ‘100% position’) (regardless of whether the motor is running or not).
Long press'
working identical to ‘Short press’.

Option 'START/STOP continuous'.

  • Short press'' this type of function is not available under 'Short'.
Long press'
the motor will be activated reverse to the last executed direction. The motor will keep running as long as the button is pressed. When you release the button, the motor will be switched off.
If the motor output is a ‘slatted type’ (e.g. venetian blinds), the motor will be activated/deactivated repeatedly for short periods of time to allow the user to precisely position the slats.

Option 'Go towards 0% continuous'

  • Operation is similar to ‘START/STOP continuous’ but the motor will always start towards 0%

Option 'Go towards 100% continuous'.

  • Similar to ‘Go towards 0% continuous.

Option ‘Sun function’.

Short press
Switches the sun function ON or OFF (this will not activate the motor immediately. Depending on the status of the condition the motor may be activated after the ‘action delay’)
Long press'
working identical to ‘Short press’.

Function behaviour when used in another function

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'Motor START/STOP' type

The action of the motor depends on the target parameter:

Start/Stop
if the function is activated the motor will start in the opposite direction as its last run direction. If the function is deactivated the motor will stop.
xx%
The motor is active for the given percentage of its runtime. The direction will be the opposite of its last run.
The ‘xx%’ target value is only selectable with a non ‘Toggle’ function.
When the 'Local mood' controls several motors, with start/stop the direction will be set by the first motor. All following motors will be activated in the same direction.

'Motor Go to position' type

The action of the motor depends on the target parameter, not all target parameters are available in all functions.

xx%/0%
The motor will go to the given position when the function is activated. When the function is deactivated the motor will go to the 0% position.
xx%/100%
The motor will go to the given position when the function is activated. When the function is deactivated the motor will go to the 100% position.

‘Set slat position' type

Set slat position
only for slatted types. When the function is switched on, the slats will go to the given position. When the function is deactivated the slats will go to 0%
If you create a Local mood with a ‘Motor Go to position’ followed by a ‘Set slat position’ and if this motor is controlled by a TDS13526, it will first complete the first action, followed by the second. In other cases, you need to use a timed local mood and add a long enough delay to perform the second action.

‘Sun function’ type

Sun function
the operation is similar to the ‘Sun function’ operation from a button.
Not every function can be switched off. Consult for this matter the description of the respective function.

The Motor function


Not for TDS13525 – TDS13526. In this case see chapter above.

Description

A motor function is used to control an AC or DC motor of e.g. electrical sun blinds, curtains, shutters, … with standard relay output contacts (PICOS, MICROS+, TDS13510, TDS13512, …). This paragraph considers the motors which are controlled by 1 to 3 independent relays, but there are a lot of similarities with motors controlled by a motor interface.

Parameters.

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Name', ‘Room’, ‘Icon
the same as for Motor interfaces.
Output type
this defines how the TELETASK relays are wired to the actual motor, there are four types (for details on the different types see further in this chapter):
  • ‘2 Relays (direction and power)’
  • ‘2 Relays (up and down)’
  • ‘3 Relays (up, down and stop)’
  • ‘1 Relay (start, stop)’
Settings
similar as for ‘Motors’, but slatted types are not supported for motor functions
Advanced
similar as for ‘Motors’, but ‘invert direction’ and ‘adjust runtimes’ are not supported for motor functions.
Sun function
similar as for motors
Wind protection
similar as for motors
Limit switches
similar as for motors

Different output types

2 Relays (direction and power)
this output type can be used to control an AC or DC motor without internal driver electronics. The direction relay switches an external change over (or double change over) relay. The power relay connects or disconnects the motor from the power supply (see schematics of the motor unit).
2 Relays (up and down)
this output type can be used to control motors with internal driver electronics. When the motor needs to run up (or down) the UP (or down) relay is switched ON. When the motor needs to stop the relay is switched off.
3 Relays (up, down and stop)
this output type can be used to control motors with internal driver electronics. When the motor needs to run up (or down) the UP (or down) relay is pulsed (for 1.5s). When the motor needs to stop the ‘Stop’ relay is pulsed.
1 Relay (start/stop)
(not recommended because of lack of feedback information) this output type can be used to control motors with internal driver electronics. When the motor needs to start or stop, the relay is pulsed. This method is typically used for motors that are also controlled by external remote controls (garage doors and gates). This method only allows the basic ‘start/stop’ operation and the system does not know in which direction the motor will start.
For a motor with internal driver electronics, the preferred ‘output type’ to use is the ‘2 Relays (up and down) because it is the most reliable and precise method. The ‘3 Relays (up, down and stop)’ is also a reliable method but it may be less precise (and it requires an extra relay). If possible, avoid the ‘1 Relay (start/stop) method’ (but for low cost garage doors and gates it is sometimes the only supported method).

Function behaviour

The working is identical to the working of the Motor interface, with exception of the ‘set slat position’ as this is not supported for the motor function.

Diagnostics

The motors can be seen in diagnostics under the motor section.
MotorDiag
It is possible to steer the motor up or down with the arrow buttons.
When an auto function has been defined on the motor then the state (ON/OFF) will be shown just next to the calibrate button. It is possible to change the state of the auto function by clicking on it. This will cause a toggle between ON and OFF.
When an wind protection has been defined and it is active it will be shown next to the auto protection. No action on it is possible

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