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Getting Motion Without P-CUT Grounded

P-CUT was designed as a safety connection. The idea is that P-CUT needs to be grounded in order for the ZETA to produce motion (#1 below).

With the addition of the V_I/O pin in October of 1997, there is one stipulation in order for the P-CUT to stop motion when disconnected from GND: V_I/O must be pulled up.

If the V_I/O pin is not pulled up to either +5V or +24V, then motion may be produced regardless of whether the P-CUT is grounded or not (#2 and #3 below).

If the AUX-P pin is not pulled up (it is either grounded or not connected), then the V_I/O needs to be pulled up in order for the P-CUT to be able to stop motion. This time, the P-CUT must be connected to +5V to stop the motion. As long as the P-CUT is not pulled up (either it is grounded or not connected), then motion may occur (#4 and #5 below).


P-CUTAUX-PV_I/OMOTION
1GNDXXYes
2openXopenYes
3openX+5VNo
4openopen+5VYes
5+5Vopen+5VNo


X = does not matter
open = no connection
GND = connected to Ground
+5V = connected to either 5 VDC or 24 VDC