Using the Deck Chief

Once all of your connections are made, either by plugging in a pre-wired Creative Conners machine or by wiring up your own machine, the next step is to power up and make something move. It is a good idea to do the initial movements without any load attached. Once you are comfortable that everything is working properly, then you can attach your curtain, screen, turntable, etc.

Move the Motor

Moving the motor with the Deck Chief is simple.

  • Flip on all circuit breakers

    • Main Power

    • Control Power

    • Brake Power

  • Confirm that the key switch is turned ON.

  • Set the desired speed on the knob.

  • Press either the FWD or REV button.

Once the motor is moving, the button that correlates to the direction of travel will quickly blink indicating that the motor is moving at the speed selected on the knob.

If the appropriate SLOW switch is struck, the button will blink slowly indicating that the motor is moving at the preset SLOW speed.

Once the STOP switch is struck, the motor will stop and the button will turn off.

The buttons are momentary. If you release the button, the motor will decelerate to a stop.

Emergency Stop

If you press the Emergency Stop button, a few things happen:

  • Power is removed from the motor output circuit.

  • Power is removed from the brake circuit, engaging the brake.

  • The Emergency Stop button will illuminate, showing that the emergency stop circuit is activated.

To release the Emergency Stop button, turn it clockwise or pull it out.

Lock Out Unauthorized Users

The Deck Chief may be permanently installed in a facility and should be protected from accidental or malicious operation. Beneath the Emergency Stop button a key switch is provided to lock out the operation panel. Simply turn the key switch to OFF and remove the key for safe keeping. The key switch is a Square D part # ZB5AG2. If you need a replacement key one can be ordered from Creative Conners or your favorite Square D distributor.

Drive Fault

Internally, the Deck Chief uses a high-quality Mitsubishi D700 VFD to power the motor. There are various conditions that can cause the VFD (variable frequency drive) to enter a fault condition. Low voltage, over-current, disconnected motor are just a few examples. If the drive faults, the FWD & REV buttons will flash in an alternating pattern. To reset the drive and try to move again, press and hold both the FWD and REV buttons for a few seconds. The Deck Chief will attempt to reset the drive and restore normal operation. If the drive continues to fault regularly, give us a call to help troubleshoot.

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