Frequently asked questions Electronic cam controls

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Are there replacements for a product that is no longer available? (LOCON 32-HC, LOCON 32-PM)...

1. Substitution option with LOCON 24:

In order to be able to offer you an alternate device we need to know the encoder type that was used before (absolute, parallel or incremental...), the encoder's resolution, the idle time type (bitwise or blockwise - in case of doubt the bitwise version is the more flexible one - and the number of used outputs.

Note: The standard version of the operator panel features protection type IP54. If you require IP65 (as with LOCON 32-HC) then it has to be ordered optionally.

2. Substitution option with LOCON 100 / LOCON 200:

Basically the following points ALWAYS have to be clarified in case of replacing a product that is no longer available: (Example in italic)

  • Which encoder is used in connection with the cam control (NSW) (maximum of 16 inputs) → number of encoder inputs → at INC. at least 2, at absolute → number of tracks = number inputs)

A TA58-O360-GYE is used → 9 tracks = 9 inputs

  • What other pins are used? (e. g. at INC. encoders Clear + and/or Clear- → number of inputs +1 or +2)

None → + 0 inputs

  • Is the Prog.Enable wired? (if yes → number of inputs +1)

Yes. → +1 input

  • Is the external program selection wired? If yes, how many programs? (number of inputs +2 ... +7)

Yes, up to program 8. 5 pins are required for it → +5 inputs

According to the amount here the decision is made, whether LOCON 100 or LOCON 200 can be used. Provided that the amount remains below 16, either a LOCON 100 or a LOCON 200 can be used. If the amount of required inputs exceeds 16, then a LOCON 100 has to be used, provided that the number of inputs without the external program selection is less than 16. 9 encoder inputs +1 Prog.Enable input + 5 program inputs = total of 15 inputs. Either LOCON 100 or LOCON 200 can be used.

Quantity determination of expansion modules that have to be used (LOCON 100-A32 or LOCON 200-IO8):

  • Is the RunControl-relay wired? If yes → number of outputs + 1

Yes. + 1 output for RunControl

  • How many outputs are used at the cam control? → Number of the basis' remaining outputs (LOCON 100 + LOCON 200) = 16 - number of inputs

32 outputs are used. → Total = 1 + 32 = 33 outputs. Either LOCON 100 (1 output) with an LOCON 100-A32 extension (=32 outputs) OR LOCON 200 (1 output) + 3 x LOCON 200-IO8 (8 outputs each = 32 outputs) can be used here.

Basically the version LOCON 200 + LOCON 200-IO8 is to be favored, since the cycle times for this constellation are lower than those for LOCON 100.

On principle it does not matter which TERM is used. LOCON 100 & LOCON 200 are supported by TERM 6, TERM 24 & TERM 32 to a partially limited extent. For that reason the parameterization and configuration should principally always be carried out with WINLOC 32 and the mentioned TERMs should be used for operation.

How to connect a LOCON with the RS232-interface (COM port) at the PC?

At the PC COM port there is a 9-pole D-SUB pin connection with the following assignment:

PIN 2 - Rx (from the PC's point of view)

PIN 3 - Tx (from the PC's point of view)



At the LOCON16/17 the assignment of the X2 is as follows:

PIN 26 - GND

PIN 27 - Rx 232 (from the LOCON's point of view)

PIN 28 - Tx 232 (from the LOCON's point of view)

Generally always the Rx of the PC has to be connected with the Tx of the LOCON and the Tx of the PC with the Rx of the LOCON. Also the GND always has to be connected. In case there is no separate signal "AP-GND, RS-GND" or similar, then the "standard" GND is used.

For the above example it comes to the following cable assignment:




Note: Possible existing blue bridges between the signals "DICNET-/Rx" ↔ "R-" and "DICNET+/Tx" ↔ "R+" have to be removed.

How to reset LOCON 90, LOCON 100, LOCON 100-PB, LOCON 200, LOCON 200-PB, ROTARNOCK 100 or ROTARNOCK 100-PB back to delivery condition (reset)?

In order to be able to reset the device to the condition it was supplied it has to be connected to a PC and the programming software WINLOC 32 has to run. Here it does not matter whether the device is connected to the PC via the RS232-interface or via DICNET and a DICADAP3. In order to initialize the procedure the device has to show the starting message (the example shows a LOCON 100 with an expansion LOCON 100-A32 with DICNET communication, configured as Timer with a counting range of 16):

L100-48(48)-T16-485(DICNET) V3.4

Now place the cursor behind the last character in WINLOC32 with a "left click" and by means of the keyboardkeep "STRG/CTRL" pressed and enter "i". A safety query follows: Reset configuration to defaultvalue and clear all programmed data (Y/N)? N

This query has to be confirmed with "y" within 3 seconds and another safety query follows:

Cancel operation (Y/N) N which is to be confirmed with "n".

If the entry is correct, the following message appears in the terminal window:

Clear EEROM 0H-1fffH ...............................


L100-48(48)-S4096-485(DICNET) V3.4 ok

(Error: 108)

With it the device was set back to the condition it was originally supplied.

Error108 may be normal since the device expects an encoder (with a resolution of 4096) that may not be connected and therefore causes a timeout. Note: After a reset the optional LOGIC-function has to be activated again. At the devices LOCON 100 & LOCON 200 the interface (RS232 or DICNET) can be set by means of a configuration file. If relating to software "DICNET" was previously configured then the interface is put back to RS232.

How to activate the logic function of LOCON 100-PB, LOCON 200, LOCON 200-PB, ROTARNOCK 100 or ROTARNOCK 100-PB?

A "release code" ("key") is required to be able to release the optional logic functions. You can purchase this code either from us directly or from your reseller. The serial number of the unit, that is supposed to be extended by this function has to be mentioned on the purchase order. For LOCON 100-PB, LOCON 200 or LOCON 200-PB only the serial number of the basic device has to be stated. The logic function will automatically be activated for all extensions. You will receive the release code by e-mail.

The device to be extended by the logic function must be connected to the PC and a start-up string has to be shown WINLOC 32.

With a click on the menue Extras → Product Option Activation a window opens for activation.

The DICNET-ID is entered in the line Device ID. For a connection through RS232 this value remains on "0".

With a click on read serial number the serial number of the device is read out and displayed (at the same time this is a test, that the connection cam control ↔ PC works).

The release code is entered in the line Activation key. Start behind the "-". Click on Run afterwards.

(In case of an error "Returncode=4" is the result.)

A successful release is confirmed with Options activated. Furthermore you can tell the logic function is released by the characters LG in the switch-on message, e. g. at LOCON 200:

L200-16-S4096-H-LG-232 Vx.x

Now the logic functions can be used. By a click with the right mouse button In the upload window under "Logic" a function can be defined:

Note: After a "Clear all" the logic function has to be released again.

In the category Manuals in the download area you can find directions with screen shots by the name "Instructions for the release of the logic function of LOCON 100-PB; LOCON 200(-PB) & ROTARNOCK 100(-PB)".

How is the modification from LOCON 32-HC or LOCON 32-PM to LOCON 24 carried out?

Introductorily we like to point out that this description refers to a LOCON 32-HC, that is/was configured "absolute parallel 360" as encoder type. Consequently the LOCON 24 also has to contain this "O360" in the article text.

X1 PIN 1 OUT 1 X10 PIN 2 X1 PIN 1
X1 PIN 2 OUT 2 X10 PIN 1 X1 PIN 2
X1 PIN 3 OUT 3 X10 PIN 4 X1 PIN 3
X1 PIN 4 OUT 4 X10 PIN 3 X1 PIN 4
X1 PIN 5 OUT 5 X10 PIN 6 X1 PIN 5
X1 PIN 6 OUT 6 X10 PIN 5 X1 PIN 6
X1 PIN 7 OUT 7 X10 PIN 8 X1 PIN 7
X1 PIN 8 OUT 8 X10 PIN 7 X1 PIN 8
X1 PIN 9 OUT 9 X10 PIN 10 X1 PIN 9

... more

What has to be considered when using a LOCON 200 in connection with TERM 24?

If a (discontinued) device is supposed to be replaced by LOCON 200 and in case TERM 24 is used in the assembly, then the TERM 24's Firmware must be updated at any rate. For the update the device has to be sent back to us.

TN65 - ROTARNOCK - what is it?

It is the same unit. ROTARNOCK describes the product line and TN65 is the specific type or the article description.

Example: ROTARNOCK 100 - describes the ROTARNOCK-family "100". The detailed article description is explained on the picture "Article description".

Article description

In case of questions concerning the order designation or an alternative device for a unit, whose production is discontinued, our distribution partners are pleased to be at your assistance.

How to change the Profibus Ident Number?

To change the Profibus Ident Number from 3606H to 3231 the ROTARNOCK 100-PB has to be connected with the PC via a serial communication (RS232). For the serial communication the following pin assignemt is valid here:

PC PIN2 (Rx) ↔ ROTARNOCK 25pin D-Sub PIN17 (Tx RED)
PC PIN3 (Tx) ↔ ROTARNOCK 25pin D-Sub PIN18 (Rx RED)

A corresponding programming cable (including plug-in power supply) is to be ordered with the article number V3467. ( V3467 - Programming cable for ROTARNOCK - 232/PB).

The software WINLOC 32 has to be installed on the PC. The interface parameters are entered in "Extras → Options → Port".

If the ROTARNOCK is now supplied with voltage a window opens automatically and the device brings its start-up message, e. g.: R100-48-O4096-PB(126)-232 V3.54 Ok Now place in WINLOC 32 the cursor behind the last character (through a "left click") and press "n" while keeping the keys "STRG/CTRL" pressed. The following confirmation prompt appears: Ident-Nr=3606H, change to 3231H (Y/N)? N This query has to be confirmed with "y" within 3 seconds and the following confirmation appears: New Ident-Nr = 3231H After a re-start the device uses the new Ident Number and it can be put into operation.

The same way the Ident Number can also be changed back from 3231H to 3606H.

How to replace ROTARNOCK 1/2/3/4 by ROTARNOCK 100?

There are two ways to carry out the exchange.

1. Exchange with the convenient programming software for cam controls WINLOC 32 (recommended procedure):

Read out (File→Upload) the ROTARNOCK that is to be replaced with the software WINLOC 32 and store (File→Save) it on the hard disk or open an existing configuration file.

Change from the current view to the view device configuration by clicking on the lettering Configuration on the left side of the configuration file. Activate all selection buttons on the right side. Please write down the following values provided that they are indicated: Encoder resolution, ITC (=idle time compensation) Type, Display factor, ITC Function, Turn Direction, Run-Control and Zero shift.

Important: Please write down the indicated position during downtime (best in the basic position if possible) before removing the old device!

Connect the ROTARNOCK 100 now and carry out an upload or open an existing configuration file. Both, the ROTARNOCK 100 as well as the available configuration file should be unused, otherwise a configuration is not possible. How to set ROTARNOCK 100 back in default mode can be found here.

Change the current view by clicking on the lettering Configuration. Carry out the configuration now by clicking on Device Reconfiguration on the window's right side.

Enter the value for the Virtual Resolution here and select the ITC Type and confirm it with OK.

Change to the configuration view again and activate all selection buttons on the right side. Transfer those values from the old ROTARNOCK, you have written down before, to the new device. Provided that you have written down the value RunControl=yes, you have to set the Run-Control-output to I/O16 and the Run-Control-type to blink!

Important advice: Depending on the application's construction there are different safety mechanisms. If you continue to transfer the cam values now and to download the complete program into the ROTARNOCK the outputs are directly active in dependence on the position and the cam values. This might lead to an unintentional "failure/scrap" of the application.

We recommend to carry out the zero adjustment first before the cams are being transmitted to the device. Load the newly generated configuration in the ROTARNOCK 100 through Download. Install the ROTARNOCK 100 now and change the zero shift offset's value, until (or change the axis mechanically) the currently displayed position is the same as the one you have written down before. There are many different possibilities to carry out the zero adjustment. Sometimes they are also combined. Therefore please carry out an update again after the adjustment.

In WINLOC32 the cam values, idle times and output names are transmitted from the old configuration file to the new one through Extras → Data transfer. This function is only available in the Comfort version of WINLOC 32.

We are pleased to help you transmitting the data also without the Comfort version. To do so, please send an e-mail with both configuration files to

After the data has been transmitted and verified, the complete file can be saved now and loaded into the device. With it the exchange is completed.

2. Exchange with manual configuration and programming with TERM 6 or TERM 24 (with current Firmware):

The following information on the ROTARNOCK that is to be exchanged should be available: Encoder resolution, type of idle time, turn direction, indicated position before removing the old device (best in the basic position) as well as all cam values and idle times.

Advice: In case your old device features the option R - RunControl, then the device has to be configured with WINLOC 32.

Carry out the exchange. Set the (virtual) encoder resolution and the idle time accordingly via the terminal now. The procedure is described in the corresponding manual.

After that the adaptation of the sense of rotation, if necessary, occurs and after that the adjustment of the zero point. The TERM is supposed to indicate the same position as before the exchange.

Now you can start entering the cams and idle times and finally the application can be tested and be put into operation.

Note: Even though this procedure sounds to be short and simple you have to proceed very carefully. To enter a lot of cams is much more time-consuming than the procedure with WINLOC 32.

Is there a Configuration- and programming-software for cam controls?

A configuration- and programming-software WINLOC 32 is available for all Deutschmann cam controls (NS).

The basic version of that software is available free of charge (in the download-area and on the support-DVD). This basic version already features extensive functions. The cam control can be read out, configured and programmed. Also these files can be stored.

By means of a »key« available against charge the comfort functions will be activated (online function, comfortable copying and displacing of programs....). A license that was purchased once is valid for all existing and following versions of the program.

Cam controls with RS232-interface can directly be connected with the PC's COM-interface (see corresponding instruction manual for the cable connection). The cam control's signal TxD has to be wired with the PC's signal Rx and vice versa. The GND has to be wired as well.

For cam controls with DICNET(485)-interface a DICADAP3 has to be used in order to connect the device with the PC. At the same time the DIC+ and DIC- wires are interconnected.

How and where is to enter the WINLOC 32 comfort version license key?

First of all start WINLOC 32.

In the menu line "Extras" → select "Options". A window opens. If necessary please change to the register "License". Now enter the license key you received from us.

Note: When you start to enter the key the line "licence code valid" is displayed in red. If the key is entered correctly, then it turns to green. Each entered character is displayed as "*".

A license that have been purchased once can be used for all follow-up versions. A WINLOC 6 license also works with WINLOC 32.