SwitchPilot 3 servo decoders are optimized for stationary use on your system and can control up to eight RC servo drives. In order to simplify the rather cumbersome configuration of solenoid decoders, the SwitchPilot 3 Servo has an innovative operating concept consisting of a 4-line, illuminated OLED display and three input buttons.
Modes of operation
The SwitchPilot 3 Servo is multi-protocol capable and can be used with central units according to the Märklin® Motorola® system (e.g. 6021, Central Station® or Mobile Station®) as well as DCC-capable central units. The configuration can take place on the main track as well as on the programming track. Thanks to RailCom®, CVs can also be read out.
The SwitchPilot 3 Servo can be supplied either directly from the digital system or from an external DC or AC voltage source. The SwitchPilot 3 Servo has eight outputs for controlling RC servo drives. He can control these drives so precisely that, in addition to switching points, any other slow movement can be controlled. The SwitchPilot 3 Servo has a built-in switch-on impulse suppression to eliminate or reduce the system-related "jerking" of RC servos when the supply voltage is applied. Furthermore, the power supply to the servo can be interrupted to prevent some inexpensive servos from “humming”. Each of the eight servos can either be operated in "digital mode" or in the "proportional mode" introduced for the first time with the SwitchPilot 3 servo: In digital mode, the servo can move to two end positions "A" and "B", depending on the switch position on Control panel. The position of the two end positions and the speed at which the servo moves in the desired direction can be set individually on the SwitchPilot 3 servo. The digital mode is perfect for switching turnouts or signals that should always remain in a fixed position. In proportional mode, the servo can move and also stop in any position within the end positions “A” and B ”. The servo only runs as long as the control panel sends a command. If you let go of the button, the servo stops. This way you can stop a servo in any position you want. The servo speed can be set individually. The proportional mode is ideal for (water) cranes or engine shed gates or any other application for which intermediate positions are required. For each servo, in addition to the end positions and the speed of rotation, it can be determined whether it should teeter when it reaches the end position. In addition, the generation of the servo pulse can be influenced to adapt to the various RC servos available on the market, or the power supply for each servo can be switched off individually. In this way, inexpensive so-called analog servos as well as modern digital servos (with microcontroller) are optimally controlled.
A special feature of the SwitchPilot 3 Servo is that it can be used without a digital center: if desired, up to 16 buttons can be connected for direct switching of the servos.
The SwitchPilot 3 Servo can be set flexibly either on the programming track with DCC centers or on the main track with POM ("Programming on Main") or can also be read out using RailCom® CVs. If required, he can also learn the addresses directly via a programming button. The easiest setting is of course with the integrated OLED display and the three input buttons: All (!) Settings can be checked directly on the decoder and changed if desired. "Programming" with the help of your control center is not necessary. It really doesn't get any easier than that. The ESU LokProgrammer can be used for firmware updates.
As with our locomotive decoders, the outputs of the SwitchPilot 3 Servo are largely protected against overload. We want you to enjoy your decoder for as long as possible.