In this installment we will be mounting the controller and connecting it to the power supply.

 

Locate Holes for the Controller

There are several holes in the platform to accomodate many controllers.  However, you may still need to make a couple holes for your particular controller.  To do this sit your controller where you want it to be mounted, and mark its mounting holes as shown here.

Drill them out with a 3/16" drill bit.

 

Insert Screws into Mounting Holes

Take four #6-32 x 1" machine screws with #6 washers and insert into the mounting holes from the bottom of the platform.

Secure with a #6 lock washer and nut as shown here.

 

Mount Controller

Slip the controller over the mounting screws and add another set of lock washers and nuts to secure it in place.

 

Note that the independent controllers will require a more creative mounting layout.  In addition you will also have to mount the breakout board as well.

If you are using a G540 controller, just sit it on the bottom enclosure component for now.

 

Attach Power Leads to Controller

Using about 14" of 14 gauge black and red wires attach to the controller.

Note that some controllers have removable connectors to make this easier.

If you are using independent controllers, you may have to make a wiring harness to reach the individual controllers.

In addition you will have to connect the logic leads between the breakout board and the individual controllers.

Note that the breakout board will need to get its power separately, which I will address later.

 

Attach Power Leads to Power Supply

Attach the power leads to the power supply.  The red (positive) should connect to a terminal marked V+. The black (negative) should connect to a terminal marked V-.

 

Test Connections

At this point you can test your power hookup by plugging in your main AC power cord.

Your controller should light up like the one shown here.