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Author Topic: Stud Contacts v Passing Contact Switches  (Read 111 times)

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Offline Bulliedman

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Stud Contacts v Passing Contact Switches
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:43:09 pm »
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I’m just setting up a new control panel and I was wondering what people’s opinions are on using passing contact switches to set points as opposed to pen and studs. I currently use studs but I was wondering if switches are a better option. I use a capacity discharge unit and diode matrix for some routing functions.
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Re: Stud Contacts v Passing Contact Switches
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2018, 04:10:02 pm »
I use push buttons on a mimic diagram.
That way I follow the route I want and I know it "should" work :)
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Re: Stud Contacts v Passing Contact Switches
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2018, 04:41:06 pm »
Both methods work equally well. Choose the one you feel most comfortable with/find easier to operate. Have a look at miniature centre off biased two way switches as an alternative to passing contact switches.

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Re: Stud Contacts v Passing Contact Switches
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2018, 05:07:34 pm »
If you only have a few points, I find passing contact switches are fine. However, if you have a complicated layout, studs or miniature switches on a track diagram are easier to use. I know, i’ve Used both.
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Re: Stud Contacts v Passing Contact Switches
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2018, 06:02:31 pm »
Push buttons on a mimic panel for me.   I encourage operators of the layout to set a route by running their finger along the diagram pressing all points they encounter.





I had stud-and-probe on a previous layout, but with hand-held controllers I found the probe wire would get tangled with the controller.  On one controller I actually swapped the cable for one with an additional core, and fitted a small jack plug on the top end of the controller box to act as the probe. That worked quite well.
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