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FIREONE MP2

Manual Control Panel – 2 Outputs

The MP2, FireOne’s™ manual digital control panel, is a technological giant masquerading as a mild-mannered manual firing panel. Powerful yet inexpensive, this control panel is deceptively easy to operate while providing powerful features not found in other manual control panels. The MP2 is totally compatible with FireOne’s revolutionary 2-Wire-Wireless systems. The MP2 further expands FireOne’s exclusive communications and control technology into a small, compact package.

KEY FEATURES

  • Two electrically isolated, short circuit protected, output channels plus multiple microprocessors provide 100% redundancy for professional grade reliability
  • Operates in 2-Wire, Wireless, or simultaneous 2-Wire/Wireless Hybrid mode
  • Controls up to 29 wired modules (totaling 928 firing cues) plus an unlimited number of wireless firing modules
  • Multiple safety features include electrically isolated inputs/outputs, battery protection circuitry, noise immunity circuitry, key switch activation, and the option for our proprietary “Deadman” safety control
  • Completely self-contained operation
  • Superior LCD/LED and membrane touch technology provides logical user-friendly operation
  • Manual, Preset, AutoStep, and Wireless firing modes make the MP2 the most versatile manual control panel in the industry
  • Internal memory stores Preset and AutoStep sequences for automatic playback
Product-MP2-1

DESIGN SUMMARY

The MP2, weighing in at 15 pounds, incorporates an unprecedented amount of features and capabilities into a small 10.62″ wide by 9.68″ deep, and 6.87″ high footprint. When operating a full complement of firing modules, the MP2’s run-time exceeds eight hours on its internal battery. Two additional power inputs, including AC power and external battery sockets, provide auxiliary power sources to operate the control panel for unlimited run-times. Displays that utilize less than 29 modules will increase the battery run-time correspondingly.

The MP2 is designed to be a manual control panel. It has no inputs for computer connections or time code, etc. It will support wireless operation by adding a FireOne Wireless Transceiver. Therefore, it is an ideal, compact, low-cost wireless master or wireless receiver if used in conjunction with other MP2 control panels or larger FireOne control panels such as the XLII+ or XL4+

The MP2 uses LCD/LED plus membrane touch switch technology to provide easy-to-use menu navigation, setting customization, firing cue selection, and operational control. An LED matrix is used in conjunction with the LCD display to report advanced system diagnostic and performance information to the operator.

INPUTS

The MP2 has three redundant power sources.

  • The MP2 uses gel cell batteries for internal power. The batteries are capable of powering a fully-loaded control panel for up to 8 hours
  • Additionally, each MP2 has a 90-240 VAC power input that accepts power at 50/60 Hz to backup the internal battery power. The AC input is used to charge the internal battery and can also be used to operate the panel on AC power
  • A 12 volt emergency battery input jack provides a convenient input for the panel to be powered by an external 12 volt vehicle battery

OUTPUTS

The MP2 uses two independent outputs for transmitting both power and data. These dual electrically isolated short circuit protected output channels, featuring multiple microprocessors, provide 100% redundancy for professional grade reliability. This design prevents a wiring error or short circuit on one output from affecting the performance of the modules connected to the other output. This feature provides complete redundancy as well as greater compatibility with external equipment. Each of these outputs is capable of controlling twenty 2-Wire firing modules or an unlimited quantity of wireless modules.

The 2-Wire outputs were invented and pioneered by FireOne in 1999-2000. The 2-wire-wireless system has been incrementally improved by FireOne year after year, making it the most reliable firing system/communication system in existence.  This technology allows the firing modules to be placed a great distance from the control panel (over 2 miles or 3 km) without any noticeable operational degradation. It also eliminates the need for expensive connectors, splitters, and booster boxes.

2-WIRE Technology

The 2-Wire system was conceived, invented and perfected by FireOne in 1999, and incrementally and continually improved year after year. This digital system is the default communications scheme for all FireOne control panels, transceivers, and field (firing) modules. This proprietary design operates with two-conductor lamp cord, speaker wire, or even blasting wire, effectively eliminating the need for purchasing expensive cables and connectors. This paradigm shift has dramatically lowered overall system cost and maintenance while increasing hardware operability, reliability and functionality.

FireOne’s engineering design provides for a maximum of twenty 2-Wire firing modules to be paralleled (daisy-chained) together on up to 0.8 km (0.5 miles) of wire for each output of the control panel. When using all 32 available field module cues, a single control panel output can fire up to 640 cues (20 modules per output x 32 cues per module = 640 cues). Taking into account that every FireOne control panel has multiple independent outputs, and that each firing cue can support up to 10 electric matches, a single panel could be used to ignite between 12,800 and 25,600 shells.

The advanced 2-Wire technology also enables the main cable run, from the control panel to the first module, to be very long (over 3.2 km or 2 miles) with no operational degradation. This allows the modules to be as close to the pyrotechnic product as possible, minimizing the electric match wiring requirements and thereby increasing the system’s reliability.

Power distribution

All FireOne control panels are designed to effectively power a maximum of 20 wired firing modules on each output. This is a designated limit due to power distribution. An operator could, therefore, connect 20 modules to each output for a total of 40 firing modules connected to a 2-Output control panel and 80 connected to a 4-Output control panel. (Note that the number of membrane buttons on a control panel may limit the number of unique addresses).  The maximum length of cable that can be used varies depending upon the number of modules connected to the panel. The following graph shows the relationship between the maximum numbers of modules by various cable lengths:

Please note that the graph above assumes the worst case scenario where all modules are connected at the far end of the cable, and the cable used is stranded 18 gauge (1.0mm2). The design of FireOne’s 2‐Wire system provides the operator with the ability to utilize extremely long “main runs” or “home runs”. Viewing the graph above indicates that a display layout could incorporate a full complement of 20 modules on one output and those modules could be a phenomenal distance of 0.8 km (0.5 miles) from the operator!

Wireless modules, connected to the control panel via a transceiver, are exempt from this limit as they draw no power directly from the control panel.

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

FireOne’s wireless communications system was conceived, invented and perfected by FireOne in 1999 and incrementally and continually improved year after year. The wireless construct of the communications system replaces the need for 2-Wire physical wiring with a proprietary military grade wireless link that provides identical functionality as the wired version. The wireless modules are fully compatible with all other devices within the FireOne system. Operational range is exceptional, exceeding 6.0 kilometers (4 miles).

FireOne’s engineering design provides for an unlimited quantity of wireless field modules to be operated from any output of a control panel. Effectively, thousands of cues can be controlled from a single control panel output. (All control panels have multiple outputs.) FireOne’s advanced system technology enables wireless modules to be kilometers and miles away from the control location with no operational degradation; wherein competitive systems can only measure operational distance in feet. FireOne’s design criteria always places the field modules as close to the pyrotechnic product as possible, minimizing the electric match wiring requirements and thereby increasing the system reliability.

FIRING MODES

The MP2 is listed as a manual control panel, however its ability to perform self-contained automatic operations makes it significantly more advanced than its competitors. These automatic operations are accessible through the advanced firing modes of the MP2.

Manual

In Manual mode, any desired firing cue can be selected and fired from one of the connected firing modules. There is a 29 module limit in this firing mode, determined by the number of membrane buttons on the front panel.  Each cue can fire multiple electric matches. (Up to twenty wired in series). Additionally, the operator can select a group of cues to fire simultaneously using the Load feature.

Preset

  • Allows the operator to create and save pre-programmed groups
  • Presets can be selected at any time and fired during a display execution
  • Up to 32 Presets can be stored in the internal memory and recalled at any time

AutoStep

  • Allows the operator to create and save pre-programmed sequences
  • Sequences separate cues by a specified time interval between 0.02 and 99.9 seconds
  • One time interval is applied to all cues within a sequence
  • Up to 32 AutoSteps can be stored in the internal memory and recalled at any time

EXAMPLES

The MP2 is FireOne’s basic low cost manual control panel. It is designed to fire displays manually and, therefore, has no computer interface. However, by utilizing the control panel, keyboard users can create and save basic firing sequences and recall them for future implementation. The MP2 has two identical output circuits that provide 100% redundancy when firing a display.

MP2 control panels, in addition to all FireOne control panels, can be utilized as remote wireless relay points. This configuration empowers any FireOne control panel to relay wireless commands to any other FireOne control panel or multiple control panels. Wireless control is conservatively possible at distances of 6.5 km (4 miles).

MP2 control panels, in addition to all FireOne control panels, can be utilized as remote wireless relay points. This configuration empowers any FireOne control panel to relay wireless commands to any other FireOne control panel or multiple control panels. Wireless control is conservatively possible at distances of 6.5 km (4 miles). When the MP2 is connected remotely to an XLII+ or an XL4+, up to 20 modules can be connected to the MP2 per output channel. This gives a total of 40 field modules that can be controlled remotely.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DOWNLOADS

Click .PDF icon to download
the MP2 Brochure

KEY FEATURES

  • Two electrically isolated, short circuit protected, output channels plus multiple microprocessors provide 100% redundancy for professional grade reliability
  • Operates in 2-Wire, Wireless, or simultaneous 2-Wire/Wireless Hybrid mode
  • Controls up to 29 wired modules (totaling 928 firing cues) plus an unlimited number of wireless firing modules
  • Multiple safety features include electrically isolated inputs/outputs, battery protection circuitry, noise immunity circuitry, key switch activation, and the option for our proprietary “Deadman” safety control
  • Completely self-contained operation
  • Superior LCD/LED and membrane touch technology provides logical user-friendly operation
  • Manual, Preset, AutoStep, and Wireless firing modes make the MP2 the most versatile manual control panel in the industry
  • Internal memory stores Preset and AutoStep sequences for automatic playback
Product-MP2-1

DESIGN SUMMARY

The MP2, weighing in at 15 pounds, incorporates an unprecedented amount of features and capabilities into a small 10.62″ wide by 9.68″ deep, and 6.87″ high footprint. When operating a full complement of firing modules, the MP2’s run-time exceeds eight hours on its internal battery. Two additional power inputs, including AC power and external battery sockets, provide auxiliary power sources to operate the control panel for unlimited run-times. Displays that utilize less than 29 modules will increase the battery run-time correspondingly.

The MP2 is designed to be a manual control panel. It has no inputs for computer connections or time code, etc. It will support wireless operation by adding a FireOne Wireless Transceiver. Therefore, it is an ideal, compact, low-cost wireless master or wireless receiver if used in conjunction with other MP2 control panels or larger FireOne control panels such as the XLII+ or XL4+

The MP2 uses LCD/LED plus membrane touch switch technology to provide easy-to-use menu navigation, setting customization, firing cue selection, and operational control. An LED matrix is used in conjunction with the LCD display to report advanced system diagnostic and performance information to the operator.

INPUTS

The MP2 has three redundant power sources.

  • The MP2 uses gel cell batteries for internal power. The batteries are capable of powering a fully-loaded control panel for up to 8 hours
  • Additionally, each MP2 has a 90-240 VAC power input that accepts power at 50/60 Hz to backup the internal battery power. The AC input is used to charge the internal battery and can also be used to operate the panel on AC power
  • A 12 volt emergency battery input jack provides a convenient input for the panel to be powered by an external 12 volt vehicle battery

OUTPUTS

The MP2 uses two independent outputs for transmitting both power and data. These dual electrically isolated short circuit protected output channels, featuring multiple microprocessors, provide 100% redundancy for professional grade reliability. This design prevents a wiring error or short circuit on one output from affecting the performance of the modules connected to the other output. This feature provides complete redundancy as well as greater compatibility with external equipment. Each of these outputs is capable of controlling twenty 2-Wire firing modules or an unlimited quantity of wireless modules.

The 2-Wire outputs were invented and pioneered by FireOne in 1999-2000. The 2-wire-wireless system has been incrementally improved by FireOne year after year, making it the most reliable firing system/communication system in existence.  This technology allows the firing modules to be placed a great distance from the control panel (over 2 miles or 3 km) without any noticeable operational degradation. It also eliminates the need for expensive connectors, splitters, and booster boxes.

2-WIRE Technology

The 2-Wire system was conceived, invented and perfected by FireOne in 1999, and incrementally and continually improved year after year. This digital system is the default communications scheme for all FireOne control panels, transceivers, and field (firing) modules. This proprietary design operates with two-conductor lamp cord, speaker wire, or even blasting wire, effectively eliminating the need for purchasing expensive cables and connectors. This paradigm shift has dramatically lowered overall system cost and maintenance while increasing hardware operability, reliability and functionality.

FireOne’s engineering design provides for a maximum of twenty 2-Wire firing modules to be paralleled (daisy-chained) together on up to 0.8 km (0.5 miles) of wire for each output of the control panel. When using all 32 available field module cues, a single control panel output can fire up to 640 cues (20 modules per output x 32 cues per module = 640 cues). Taking into account that every FireOne control panel has multiple independent outputs, and that each firing cue can support up to 10 electric matches, a single panel could be used to ignite between 12,800 and 25,600 shells.

The advanced 2-Wire technology also enables the main cable run, from the control panel to the first module, to be very long (over 3.2 km or 2 miles) with no operational degradation. This allows the modules to be as close to the pyrotechnic product as possible, minimizing the electric match wiring requirements and thereby increasing the system’s reliability.

Power distribution

All FireOne control panels are designed to effectively power a maximum of 20 wired firing modules on each output. This is a designated limit due to power distribution. An operator could, therefore, connect 20 modules to each output for a total of 40 firing modules connected to a 2-Output control panel and 80 connected to a 4-Output control panel. (Note that the number of membrane buttons on a control panel may limit the number of unique addresses).  The maximum length of cable that can be used varies depending upon the number of modules connected to the panel. The following graph shows the relationship between the maximum numbers of modules by various cable lengths:

Please note that the graph above assumes the worst case scenario where all modules are connected at the far end of the cable, and the cable used is stranded 18 gauge (1.0mm2). The design of FireOne’s 2‐Wire system provides the operator with the ability to utilize extremely long “main runs” or “home runs”. Viewing the graph above indicates that a display layout could incorporate a full complement of 20 modules on one output and those modules could be a phenomenal distance of 0.8 km (0.5 miles) from the operator!

Wireless modules, connected to the control panel via a transceiver, are exempt from this limit as they draw no power directly from the control panel.

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

FireOne’s wireless communications system was conceived, invented and perfected by FireOne in 1999 and incrementally and continually improved year after year. The wireless construct of the communications system replaces the need for 2-Wire physical wiring with a proprietary military grade wireless link that provides identical functionality as the wired version. The wireless modules are fully compatible with all other devices within the FireOne system. Operational range is exceptional, exceeding 6.0 kilometers (4 miles).

FireOne’s engineering design provides for an unlimited quantity of wireless field modules to be operated from any output of a control panel. Effectively, thousands of cues can be controlled from a single control panel output. (All control panels have multiple outputs.) FireOne’s advanced system technology enables wireless modules to be kilometers and miles away from the control location with no operational degradation; wherein competitive systems can only measure operational distance in feet. FireOne’s design criteria always places the field modules as close to the pyrotechnic product as possible, minimizing the electric match wiring requirements and thereby increasing the system reliability.

FIRING MODES

The MP2 is listed as a manual control panel, however its ability to perform self-contained automatic operations makes it significantly more advanced than its competitors. These automatic operations are accessible through the advanced firing modes of the MP2.

Manual

In Manual mode, any desired firing cue can be selected and fired from one of the connected firing modules. There is a 29 module limit in this firing mode, determined by the number of membrane buttons on the front panel.  Each cue can fire multiple electric matches. (Up to twenty wired in series). Additionally, the operator can select a group of cues to fire simultaneously using the Load feature.

Preset

  • Allows the operator to create and save pre-programmed groups
  • Presets can be selected at any time and fired during a display execution
  • Up to 32 Presets can be stored in the internal memory and recalled at any time

AutoStep

  • Allows the operator to create and save pre-programmed sequences
  • Sequences separate cues by a specified time interval between 0.02 and 99.9 seconds
  • One time interval is applied to all cues within a sequence
  • Up to 32 AutoSteps can be stored in the internal memory and recalled at any time

EXAMPLES

The MP2 is FireOne’s basic low cost manual control panel. It is designed to fire displays manually and, therefore, has no computer interface. However, by utilizing the control panel, keyboard users can create and save basic firing sequences and recall them for future implementation. The MP2 has two identical output circuits that provide 100% redundancy when firing a display.

MP2 control panels, in addition to all FireOne control panels, can be utilized as remote wireless relay points. This configuration empowers any FireOne control panel to relay wireless commands to any other FireOne control panel or multiple control panels. Wireless control is conservatively possible at distances of 6.5 km (4 miles).

MP2 control panels, in addition to all FireOne control panels, can be utilized as remote wireless relay points. This configuration empowers any FireOne control panel to relay wireless commands to any other FireOne control panel or multiple control panels. Wireless control is conservatively possible at distances of 6.5 km (4 miles). When the MP2 is connected remotely to an XLII+ or an XL4+, up to 20 modules can be connected to the MP2 per output channel. This gives a total of 40 field modules that can be controlled remotely.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DOWNLOADS

Click .PDF icon to download
the MP2 Brochure