How to Configure and Control a Physical Relay (Cortex series)

How to configure a physical relay

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be configuring a light switch as an example. 

1. Go to Relays.

2. Select the relay you want to configure and click the configuration button.

3. In the Descriptions tab, set the Default Energized description. This will be displayed when the relay is ON. 

4. Set the Default Released description. This will be displayed when the relay is OFF.

5. Go to the Actions tab.

6. Select Follow / Latch. For more information on the different Relay Operating Modes, please refer to this article

7. Save the configuration.

8. Exit the configuration screen.

9. You should now see your configured relay in the Relays menu.

10. To delete any configured relays, simply select the one(s) you want to delete and click the delete button. 

11. Exit the Relays menu.

For more information about the Physical Relays menu, please refer to this article.

How to control configured relays from the workspace

This section will show you how to control configured relays from the workspace.

1. Relays are shown in the bottom right corner of the default main workspace. We can see the relay we’ve just configured at the top.

2. Right-clicking on a relay shows you the quick-access menu. You can also configure relays this way by clicking Config.

3. To force on the relay, click Force ON. The relay will remain on until it is manually turned off or released and will not be controllable automatically by the Cortex. You can also double click when it is released or off to turn it on.

4. The relay will turn red.

5. To force off the relay, click Force OFF. The relay will remain off until it is manually turned on or released and will not be controllable automatically by the Cortex. You can also double click when it is on to release it.

6. The relay will turn yellow.

7. To release the relay, click Release. This returns the relay into its natural state and will be controllable automatically by the Cortex.

8. The relay will become white again.

Note that other options are available with other operating modes. To learn more about relay operating modes, please refer to this article.

For more information on relay colours, please refer to this article.

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