The Pro-150 is a mid-size digital controller, suitable for motor currents up to 110A. It is commonly used in mid-sized locos, golf buggies, and industrial applications requiring more customisation of performance characteristics. The Pro-150 is electrically and mechanically interchangeable with the Pro-120 in most applications.
Before we designed the Pro-160 this was probably the most user-friendly programmable motor controller available. Programming is easy, using the (optional) low-cost combined display / programmer unit. The Pro-150 has been used in a wide variety of industrial machine applications, and has also been built into a large number of model locomotives where it has proved a popular replacement for the long serving workhorse that was the Pro-120.
Key features are:
Will function as a standard controller without any programming.
Optional display shows system state and battery voltage.
Programmable control over many features including:
Sounder [for reversing and audible problem alert]
Pot learning feature allows:
Single ended, or joystick mode [wig-wag].
Fine tuning of input values
10 memories for different configurations.
Continuous diagnostics monitors controller and system.
Thermal overload protection.
Under and over voltage protection.
Reverse polarity protection.
Integral box and heatsink [suitable for most applications].
Built-in heavy duty reversing relays.
16V to 48V without adjustment.
Peak current 110A. 1 minute current 80A. Continuous current 60A [heatsink dependant].
Parking brake driver for vehicle applications.
Input 1k ohm to 15k ohm potentiometer, direct voltage control, or by PWM output from a Pi or Arduino etc.
Display / programmer
The programmer and the display are the same unit – in two halves so they can be separated once initial programming is done. The display, once the controller has been installed, is used to show battery state and to give a visible indication of any fault detected.
All the essential inputs are on one 6-way connector. More advanced features are on a separate connector. See the support tab for the instruction manual, wiring diagrams, and instructions for double heading. 3 and 6 way IDC control connectors are included.
The on-board computer monitors the controller and much of the external system. Should a fault be detected, the computer will shut down the controller and give an indication of the fault audibly and on the (optional) external display.
Full instructions on setting up and operating the controller are in the manual.
The manual is designed to be printed double-sided in A4 booklet format. To print the booklet from the PDF on a double-sided printer, select Booklet in the Page Size & Handling section of the print window, and set Orientation to Portrait.
Although generally straightforward to program, we have had a couple of cases where some inappropriate values have been inadvertently programmed into the “pot learn” parameters. These have caused the “Po” and “Pu” fault codes to be displayed even though there is no real fault with the system. Re-setting the Pro-150 back to factory default values and starting again has cured the problem.
With version 2.3, the operation of the slow / fast switch as described in the manual has been changed. If pins A and B are connected [or the – button on the programmer held for 3 seconds] at start-up, the controller will then start up in personality 9. This allows better control over the behaviour of the controller in an easily selectable alternative mode. Once pins A and B are disconnected, the controller will revert to it’s previously set personality on the next power-up.
Power down mode
Some customers have requested that the power down mode be disabled. We have a software version 2.4. that keeps the controller awake. Please contact us if you require this version.
There is a very thin track on the PCB adjacent to the 3 and 6 way connectors, it’s circled in red in the picture below. This is actually a scratch through link that allows modifications to the input circuit but under certain short circuit conditions we have seen this act as a 3rd fuse track and blow. If this does happen to your controller then just bridge the pads with some 1A fuse wire.
Version to support change from Atmega 16 to 164A
Fast / slow switch operation changed
Power down mode disabled, on request only
Change to inprove production yield at 50V.
We reserve the right to change the software without notice as we find ways to improve the product. If you have a requirement for a specific version then please contact us.