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PicoLab’s system is a powerful tool, which can control all type of pyrotechnic shows. PicoLab modular system allows one installation of 48 to 1008 cues. Each cue can be attach to six electric matches (squib). The system resolution allows the activation of two cues separated by 0.1 sec. In this way, it's possible to activate 6048 electric matches within 5 seconds. It is possible for distances as far as 4000 feet. The system can be used with or without help of a computer. However, no computer is needed for firework's control on the representation day. A computer is used only for the conception of the show. When the show is designed with the computer, the programming of the show is downloaded to the blast-off console. Since there is no computer on the site of the blast-off, PicoLab’s system can be used up to temperatures as low as -20 degree C.


The power supplying is generated by a powerful battery, which has a great autonomy. The blast-off console can energize, by itself, up to 12 junctions boxes. In case of a system which use more than 12 junctions boxes, you just have to add one unit of secondary power supply (see description below). The system uses bidirectional communication link between the blast-off console and the junctions boxes. It valids the state of the system by the touch of a single button. The blast-off console checks the network connection between every modules and verify the continuity of the electrical matches.

Specifications

- Modular system of 48 cues to 1008 cues
- Independent blast-off console
- Aid by computer possible, but not necessary
- Supplying by battery
- Autonomy of a battery of 10 hours
- Level gauge of discharge of the battery
- Maximum distance of the console to the junction box (without secondary power supply) 2000 feet
- Maximum distance of the console to the junction box (with secondary power supply) 4000 feet
- Six electric matches in serial per cue
- Maximum distance of an output to the electric matches 80 feet
- Resolution of 0.1 sec
- Security panic button
- Rugged fabrication
- Automatic & manual functioning for a complete control of the show
- Automatic test of the continuity
- Operating temperature range -20 degree to 40 degree C
- Bad weather resistance
- User friendly
- Fast interconnections
- Sound witness to each junction box during the armament for more security
- Low cost

Blast-off console

PicoLab’s system is modular. There is the blast-off console. It includes a microprocessor for the control and management of pyrotechnic show. There are junctions boxes allowing junction of electric matches to PicoLab’s system. Furthermore, there is secondary power supply to allow joining many junctions boxes on a greater distance. Finally, there is accessories to allow interconnections of the system.

Blast-off console allows the programmation and the control of a pyrotechnic show. Programming of the console can be done directly on the console or with a computer. Since there is no need to have a computer on firework site to do the blast-off, we can make the fire conception on a normal work station. It is not necessary to have a laptop to work with PicoLab’s system. The system PicoLab is very safe. To avoid a accidental fire, the blast-off console is equipped with a system getting started by key and by access code. Thus, for operate the console firing, we must introduce a key and compose a access code. Moreover, a panic button is installed on the console to stop instantly the pyrotechnic show in case of major problem. We can join up to 21 junctions boxes and one blast-off console on the same network. Each junction box has 48 cues. So, we can control 1008 cues with a blast-off console connected to 21 junctions boxes. The resolution of the console is as low as 0.1 second. A firework duration can go up to 99 minutes 59.9 seconds. The memory of the blast-off console allows to keep in memory the programming fire without any power supply. The firmware installed in the blast-off console is convenient and flexible. By only one control, it is possible to do a continuity test on all electric matches programmed. Just as, it is possible to do the same test on one electric match one at a time. During a automatic blast-off, it is possible to break off at any time. During the pause, it is possible to advance step by step on the programming. By instance, it is possible to initiate a blast-off in a automatic mode, to break off, to blow up one or many cues manually (just by a simple pression of a key) and to continue the blast-off in a automatic mode.

Junctions box

The junctions box is used to connect electrical system matches. A junctions box has 48 "cues". Every "cues" can activate six electric matches connected in series. It can connect up to 288 matches in a single box. Most matches models can be used with the system PicoLab. The electric matches can be installed at a distance of 80 feet from the junctions box. There are three indicators of the junctions box which inform the technician status of the junctions box. A green light indicates the technician that the system is powered on and communicating with the blast-off console. A red light indicates the technician that the junctions box is supplied and armed. A beeper is activated when junctions boxes is armed. It informs people close to the junctions boxes the presence of a hazard. The wiring length between the electric matches and junctions box depends on the number of matches used by "cue". The table below shows the maximum length of the cabling according to the number of electric match (connected in series) used by "cue."

Number of matches connected in series Maximum wiring length
(wire AWG #24 solid)
1
80
2
70
3
65
4
55
5
50
6
20

Secondary power supply

A complete system can include 21 junctions boxes. The console alone, can feed 12 junctions boxes. If a system requires more than 12 junctions boxes, it is necessary to use a secondary power supply to feed the other junctions boxes. A secondary power supply uses the same type of battery that is used in the blast-off console. So, a secondary power supply can power up to 12 junctions boxes. There is also another case where the secondary power supply may be necessary. When the distance to be covered between the blast-off console and the junctions box exceeds 2000 feet, the cable losses become too high. It is necessary to add a secondary power supply that will provide enough power to the junctions boxes.

Accessories

There are many accessories that make the connection easier. Obviously, there are communication cables used to connect the blast-off console to all junctions boxes. Communication cables are available in various lengths. Either 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 feet. 100 feet cables and longer are supplied with a reel that makes installation quicker and easier. There are also two outputs splitter that let you create a second branch. The two outputs splitter is used in a fire configuration which is not linear. It also serves to add another line of communication. The adapter is used to connect two extensions cables end to end to be able to travel a greater distance. For instance, it is possible to use the extension adapter for end to end two cables of 1000 feet and then, to get a 2,000 feet cable.