Spikes with Motors

Does anyone know if a spike can be used to run a johnson motor on last years controller (2003)? The manual does not really state that it can’t, but does not say that it can.

Thanks.

-Greg The Great

I don’t think the Johnson Motor was in the kit last year, but according to the rules from 2002, the Johnson can be run from a relay module. It hink the reason the rules exclude it this past year is because the motor wasn’t in the kit.

*Originally posted by Bduggan04 *
**I don’t think the Johnson Motor was in the kit last year, but according to the rules from 2002, the Johnson can be run from a relay module. It hink the reason the rules exclude it this past year is because the motor wasn’t in the kit. **

So the spike would need to be fun to a relay instead of a PWM?

Can anyone confirm this for me?

Thanks,

-Greg The Great

The spikes do in fact connect to the relay connectors on the IFI controller. I’m not sure exactly what would happen if you connected it to a pwm, but as they use the same voltage range, it would probably work anyway (but not suggested). The difference is the PWM’s can output a range of values, the relays only puts out of and on.

*Originally posted by Mark Hamilton *
**The spikes do in fact connect to the relay connectors on the IFI controller. I’m not sure exactly what would happen if you connected it to a pwm, but as they use the same voltage range, it would probably work anyway (but not suggested). The difference is the PWM’s can output a range of values, the relays only puts out of and on. **

Would it be able to jun a Johnson 12 volt DC motor, on a Relay Out?

-Greg The Great

Yes, connect the motor to the spike and run the spike off of one of the relays.

*Originally posted by Mark Hamilton *
**I’m not sure exactly what would happen if you connected it to a pwm, but as they use the same voltage range, it would probably work anyway (but not suggested). The difference is the PWM’s can output a range of values, the relays only puts out of and on. **

based on your previous posts, you (Greg) don’t have a lot of electronics experience, so don’t try this!

The signals are not compatible, and definetly won’t work.

I hope everyone understands that the power for the motor and relay comes from the fuse panel, not the robot controller. It is only the signal (forward, reverse, or off) that comes through the small three-wire cable from the controller.

You should be able to control a spike thru the pwm output. You would have to set the values to either 0, 127, or 254 for reverse, neutral, and forward respectively. If the signal is close to 0, 127, or 254, the spike should turn on, but I dont think it will work with any other value.

*Originally posted by xplod1236 *
**You should be able to control a spike thru the pwm output. You would have to set the values to either 0, 127, or 254 for reverse, neutral, and forward respectively. If the signal is close to 0, 127, or 254, the spike should turn on, but I dont think it will work with any other value. **

That will not work. The signals are not compatible. The connectors are the same but you cannot interchange PWM’s and Relay Outputs. Please do not do that.

Matt

*Originally posted by Matt Leese *
**That will not work. The signals are not compatible. The connectors are the same but you cannot interchange PWM’s and Relay Outputs. Please do not do that.

Matt **

Thats What I was thinking…

However a Johnson can go on a spike and then to a Relay Output correct?

Thanks for The Help All,

-Greg The Great

Greg, I suggest you ask one of the other members or mentors on your team before you try any of this. As we cannot really see how you have hooked it up before you apply power we cannot really tell you if somthings going wrong, if you read the manuals to the control system located here
quick start guide

http://www.innovationfirst.com/FIRSTRobotics/pdfs/FIRST_System_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf

http://www.innovationfirst.com/FIRSTRobotics/pdfs/Full_Size_Robot_Controller_Reference_Guide.pdf

those should get you pretty well started

*Originally posted by Justin Stiltner *
**Greg, I suggest you ask one of the other members or mentors on your team before you try any of this. As we cannot really see how you have hooked it up before you apply power we cannot really tell you if somthings going wrong, if you read the manuals to the control system located here
quick start guide

http://www.innovationfirst.com/FIRSTRobotics/pdfs/FIRST_System_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf

http://www.innovationfirst.com/FIRSTRobotics/pdfs/Full_Size_Robot_Controller_Reference_Guide.pdf

those should get you pretty well started **

I am aware on how to set up the main system, what I am asking is if a SPIKE (this years (2k3)) can operate a motor, I know how the connections go, and all that stuff, I just do not know if a spike can run a Johnson 12 Volt DC motor. The manual says (selonoids, pumps, etc.) Does this include motors, I am aware of how to connect it and how to run it to the breaker pannel and all that fun stuff, I just do not know if a spike can run a motor. Does anyone know if it can???

Thanks,

-Greg The Great

I know the spike can do light, compressor window, seat, and the tiny little Johnson if that is the one you mean. I know it cannot run the drill or chia. I don’t know about the FP or globe.

*Originally posted by sanddrag *
**I know the spike can do light, compressor window, seat, and the tiny little Johnson if that is the one you mean. I know it cannot run the drill or chia. I don’t know about the FP or globe. **

The johnsons I am refering to are simmiler to the ones in FP gearboxes. The RPM tops off around 14,000 on a good battery.

-Greg The Great

Greg, sorry that I haven’t answered the question yet. Since I haven’t had the time to look at the data needed to give you a correct answer, I thought it would be best to tell you what I would look for. Like Sandrag, I remeber a really tiny Johnson motor. Which year’s kit did the big one that you are refering to come in.

First, Bduggan04 said that it was ok based on the 2002 manual. If the Johnson motor you are refering to came in 2002, then you are ok. If you want to verify it, you can get the old manuals through archive.org or search chiefdelphi, since Nate Smith has posted links to old manuals before.

If it’s not mentioned in the 2002 manual, or a different Johnson motor was used in 2002, then you need to find the specs for the motor you are using. Places to look for the specs are the manual for the year it came in the kit, team updates from that year, searching chiefdelphi posts, and chiefdelphi whitepapers.

If you can’t find the specs from there, you can try the manufacturer. That may be hard though.

The main thing that you are looking for is what the stall current is. If it draws more then about 20 amps when stalled, you shouldn’t use it on a spike.

*Originally posted by Joe Ross *
**Greg, sorry that I haven’t answered the question yet. Since I haven’t had the time to look at the data needed to give you a correct answer, I thought it would be best to tell you what I would look for. Like Sandrag, I remeber a really tiny Johnson motor. Which year’s kit did the big one that you are refering to come in.

First, Bduggan04 said that it was ok based on the 2002 manual. If the Johnson motor you are refering to came in 2002, then you are ok. If you want to verify it, you can get the old manuals through archive.org or search chiefdelphi, since Nate Smith has posted links to old manuals before.

If it’s not mentioned in the 2002 manual, or a different Johnson motor was used in 2002, then you need to find the specs for the motor you are using. Places to look for the specs are the manual for the year it came in the kit, team updates from that year, searching chiefdelphi posts, and chiefdelphi whitepapers.

If you can’t find the specs from there, you can try the manufacturer. That may be hard though.

The main thing that you are looking for is what the stall current is. If it draws more then about 20 amps when stalled, you shouldn’t use it on a spike. **

It is not out ofany years kit… They are Johnson 12 Volt DC motors that operate at 14000 RPM, they are brush motors. I do notr have any specks on the motors, other than that they have been used in Fp power wheels gearboxes. I believe they are the same type motors that FIRST issued us in 2K3 for the FP gearboxes. I do not believe the Amps are above 20 when stalled… They are FP motors (99.999999% sure). Can an FP be run to a spike?

Thanks,

-Greg The Great

No, a Fischer Price motor can not be run off of a spike. Its stall current (if I remember correctly) is in the range of 60+ amps.

Anything can technically be run off a spike. Just don’t expect to run it at stall for long, or last very long. For the most part, you can run any motor off the spike except the Drill (any year) or the CIM. There’s too big of a chance that you will most likely exceed 20A for a long period with these motors.

The FP and van door motors are questionable, but they should work. Just try not to stall the motors very often. The FP motor draws 57A at stall and the van door (any year) is 40A. Basically, plan your motors to only use 20A of the stall current. The ratio of the usable torque can be figured out as 20A/Stall current * Stall torque. You will still see the same free speed, but only expect to produce that amount of torque in your calcuations for extended periods of time (greater than 1 second)… The spikes can handle larger currents for short bursts, but not for very long…

As suggested from 2002 year (manual), put an auto-resetting 20A breaker on the spike to replace its 20A fuse… that way you won’t have to deal with blowing and replacing fuses all the time…

*Originally posted by Jnadke *
**Anything can technically be run off a spike. Just don’t expect to run it at stall for long, or last very long. For the most part, you can run any motor off the spike except the Drill (any year) or the CIM. There’s too big of a chance that you will most likely exceed 20A for a long period with these motors.

The FP and van door motors are questionable, but they should work. Just try not to stall the motors very often. The FP motor draws 57A at stall and the van door (any year) is 40A. Basically, plan your motors to only use 20A of the stall current. The ratio of the usable torque can be figured out as 20A/Stall current * Stall torque. You will still see the same free speed, but only expect to produce that amount of torque in your calcuations for extended periods of time (greater than 1 second)… The spikes can handle larger currents for short bursts, but not for very long…

As suggested from 2002 year (manual), put an auto-resetting 20A breaker on the spike to replace its 20A fuse… that way you won’t have to deal with blowing and replacing fuses all the time… **

Yeah, what I am planning on doing is have the motor pull a chain linked thing I put together that releases a compresses PVC tube, the motor will only have to run for less than a second, I dought it would ever pop the 20A breaker. What do ya think Jdnake?

-Greg The Great