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Photo Eyes in HO track
ALWAYS INSTALL EYES IN TRACK BEFORE TESTING OPERATION.
When eyes are not installed light is entering from all angles. In a well lit room eyes may not respond unless clinched in a fist.

Tools Required:
Small knife 

Ruler

2.5 mm drill bit

Variable speed drill

Small flat-head Screwdriver
Super glue/Hot glue/RTV Silicone black

Straight pin

Block of wood

Start with a practice piece of track.

 

1. Measure one half inch back from a divider on the underside of the track.

Hole placement should be in between the outside electric rail and the slot.

 

2. Place the tip of the knife where the holes are to be drilled and scratch a line in the plastic.

 

3. Place the tip of the drill bit at the end of the line that you started the scratch with the knife. Pressing down, turn the bit clock wise to carve out a small seat for the bit. This is to prevent the bit from wandering when you go to drill the holes.


4. Put the bit in the chuck of the drill. Place a piece of wood under the track. DO NOT APPLY DOWN FORCE! Allow the bit to cut all the way though making I nice clean hole on the top surface. You now have a 2.5mm hole.

 

5. The eyes are 3mm in diameter. Place the drill bit in the hole, apply power to the drill. Apply pressure in a circular clockwise motion to gradually increase the size of the hole. The plastic is soft, it doesn't take much. 

 

 

6. From the top side of the track continue boring out the hole until the photo eyes just barely fit in. If you have a snug enough fit you may opted not to use glue

 

7. Now try the fit from the underside. If you find that the lip of the eye prevents the eye from seating straight, you will need to file it down. Notice that one side has been manufactured with out the lip. This is to make the cathode lead.

 

8. Once fitted apply a tiny amount of super glue to the sides of the eye using a straight pin to apply. Press the bottom of the eye into the track using a small standard screwdriver. The eyes should be flush with the top surface of the track.

 

9. Approximately two inches back from the eyes apply a drop of super glue in the trough and dress the wires down tight. This will act as a stress relief for the eyes. All set!  

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HO Sensor Gate Installation.

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(1) Pit edge of track in one corner of Sensor Gate.



 Scalextric and Ninco.

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(1) Line up glass sensors with natural holes in track.


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(3) View Glass Sensors thru holes to verify alignment.


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SCX Sensor Installation

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(1) Make four (4) "V" cuts in bottom of track as pictured.

Carrera

Carrera ExclusiV has one recession dead center on the underside of track. Glass switches in Snap-on Sensor should be lined up with this recession and snapped into place.
 

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Video: Bending the Photo Eye leads 90 degrees

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Calibration proceedure.

(1) Connect Bondman Sensor to the jack marked "sensor" on the Display/Control Module.
(2) Power up Display/Control Module. 
(3) Place track piece with sensor eyes install on a flat surface.Take care not to
cast a shadow on the sensors.

Calibration:

(1)Turn adjustment to the full Clockwise position. The light should be off. If the light is not off there is not enough light in the area.

(2)Turn Counter Clockwise just until LED comes on.

(3)Then back off Clockwise 1/8 turn after LED goes off.

(4)Repeat procedure for opposite lane.

 

If an LED flickers and sensor counts erratic, the sensors are calibrated too sensitive. Turn calibration knob Clock Wise 1/8th turn.

 

If LED's will not go out at full CW position then there is not enough light in the area. Indirect day light is best, fluorescent lights work well, LED reading lamp works well and incandescent light bulb is the least effective.
Placing a small reading lamp over the eyes is always a sure fire option.

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 On our installations we are now using a 5mm bit, about two revolutions, and minimum pressure, to taper the top of the hole to allow more light to get at the eyes and increasing sensitivity.

 

 

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(2) Push the opposite edge until snaps onto place.

(2) Press down on opposite edge until snaps into place.




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(2) Hook Assembly over edge of track.







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(4) Apply pressure to edge of track to snap into place.









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 (2) Follow same procedure as for Scalextric and Ninco.








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