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FIREONE XLII+

Automatic Control Panel – 2 Outputs

The XLII+ is a dual output digital control panel that includes all the field proven features of FireOne’s™ successful line of hybrid controllers. Light and portable, FireOne’s revolutionary 2-Wire and Wireless technology set the standard for digital firing systems.

FireOne’s exclusive 2-Wire-Wireless technology empowers users to deploy the XLII+ for wired or wireless operation, or both simultaneously. FireOne’s proprietary technology provides reliable operational distances measured in kilometers and miles. FireOne’s  XLII+ is the best of both worlds, whether firing a small display or a world-class display.

The world’s most successful digital control panel, the XLII+, is the choice of professional for stage shows, touring groups, motion pictures, theme parks and aerial displays.

KEY FEATURES

  • Two electrically isolated, short circuit protected output channels, plus multiple microprocessors, provide 100% redundancy for professional grade reliability
  • Multiple firing modes make the XLII+ incredibly versatile for manual, automatic and semi-auto displays
  • Operates in 2-Wire, Wireless, or simultaneous 2-Wire-Wireless Hybrid mode
  • Controls up to 40 wired modules (totaling 1,280 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, priority lockouts, and the option for our proprietary “Soft Deadman” safety control
  • Utilizes FireOne’s UltraFire technology for zero latency system firing operation
  • Self-contained operation, or software computer support, as required by operator
  • Superior LCD/LED and membrane touch technology provides logical user-friendly operation
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DESIGN SUMMARY

At just 16.5 lbs, the XLII+ control panel is a compact light-weight powerhouse designed with advanced operational features and extreme ease of use. This panel is capable of operating in manual, semi-automatic, and automatic firing modes. It includes inputs for power, time code and data, as well as two independent outputs for connecting to 2-Wire and Wireless firing modules.

The XLII+ uses LCD/LED plus membrane 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 XLII+ has three redundant power sources.

  • The XLII+ 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 XLII+ 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

In addition to the power inputs, the XLII+ also has inputs for time code and data.

The time code inputs support balanced and unbalanced external time code sources. The time code can be in FSK or SMPTE format and is used to maintain synchronization within a show.

The data inputs are used to connect the XLII+ to a computer in order to operate in the Computer Assisted Mode. It is also used to download the Fire files to the panel’s internal memory.

OUTPUTS

The XLII+ uses two independent outputs for transmitting both power and data. These outputs are electrically isolated, preventing the possibility of a 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 are an invention of FireOne that allows the power and data to be transferred on inexpensive speaker wire or two-conductor lamp cord. This technology allows the firing modules to be placed a great distance from the control panel (over 10,000 feet 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 engineering design provides for a maximum of twenty 2-Wire firing modules to be paralleled (daisy-chained) together on up to 2,000 feet 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. (All control panels have multiple outputs; 20 modules x 32 cues per module = 640). The advanced 2-Wire technology also enables the main cable run, from the control panel to the first module, to be very long (over 10,000 feet or 3 KM) 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 firing modules on each output. This is a designated limit due to power distribution. 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. 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 2500 feet from the operator!

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

FireOne’s communications system was conceived, invented and perfected by FireOne in 1999 and incrementally and continually improved year after year. This cutting-edge digital system is the default communications scheme for all FireOne control panels, transceivers, and field (firing) modules. The wireless construct of the communications system replaces the 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.

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 XLII+ offers a vast range of control options. The operator can use the device in Manual, Semi-automatic, or Automatic modes to accomplish any required task. Additionally, the associated firing modules can be controlled directly from the XLII+ membrane touch buttons, or from a computer using the supplied UltraFire software, or a combination of both.

Manual

In Manual mode, any desired firing cue can be selected and fired from one of the connected firing modules. There is a 39 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.

Semi-Automatic       

Pre-designed files can be stored in the control panel memory. “Semi” (Semi-automatic) files allow the panel to be fired in semi-automatic mode. This allows the pre-programmed “events” to be automatically executed via operator initiation, as needed. This feature is highly prized for the variable requirements at staged events such as New York City Broadway plays, musical events and tour groups.

Automatic 

In addition to Manual and Semi-Auto operation, the XLII+ supports full Automatic operation.  Utilizing preprogrammed files that have been stored in the control panel’s memory, (eight files can be stored in the panel’s internal memory) the operator can execute preprogrammed firing commands that are time code driven . . . often musical related or music dependent. Automatic operation is typically employed for precision-fired displays and is used for many of the most demanding, high-profile displays.

Computer Operated

Computer Operated Mode allows the operator to control the XLII+ from a computer via the FireOne UltraFire software. The computer has full operational control over the panel while controlling up to 1,280 firing cues (40 modules), if using wired modules or an unlimited number of cues for wireless modules.

Mixed Mode

In Mixed Mode, the XLII+ provides the dual capability of Computer Operated Mode and Manual Firing Mode simultaneously. The user can be firing a complex display controlled by a computer, and manually fire cues utilizing the XLII+ front panel membrane buttons. This powerful feature is useful when firing displays that are primarily choreographed, but require a few cues to be fired at times “to be determined”.

UltraFire

UltraFire is a unique FireOne invention pioneered by FireOne in 2002 -2003. UltraFire provides the unprecedented ability to fire any sequence of firings, anywhere in the system, with zero restrictions or time latencies. UltraFire operation is sub-frame timing accurate, and has no limit on the number of cues that may be initiated at any given time. This advanced technology empowers designers to create firing sequences that were previously impossible to fire. (Link to Meydan video)

UltraFire’s ability to eliminate any firing differential also enables extremely fast or complex firing sequences regardless of the number of firings involved or their relationship to the control location. UltraFire uses a simple, but powerful, technique that eliminates all timing errors from the firing equation.  Every firing mode of the FireOne system is capable of utilizing UltraFire’s attributes.

EXAMPLES

The XII+ is FireOne’s most popular control panel. It is designed to fire displays automatically, semi-automatically, or even manually with the option of connecting via FireOne’s computer interface software, FireOne UltraFire. The XLII+ has two identical output circuits that provide 100% redundancy when firing a display.

The two independent outputs of the XLII+ each allow up to 20 modules to be connected, giving a total of 40 wired modules that can be controlled by one panel. With each module connected to a 32 cue connection rail, the XLII+ can control over 1,280 individual firing cues.

Like all of FireOne’s control panels, the XLII+ is fully capable of simultaneously controlling wired and wireless field modules. Additionally, the XLII+ can be utilized as master control panels or 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). Since the energy required to fire a wireless module does not come from the panel, there is no limit to the number of wireless modules that can be connected.

When the XLII+ is connected as a remote wireless relay point, all firing commands are transmitted wirelessly from a control panel. 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).

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DOWNLOADS

Click .PDF icon to download
the XLII+ Brochure

KEY FEATURES

  • Two electrically isolated, short circuit protected output channels, plus multiple microprocessors, provide 100% redundancy for professional grade reliability
  • Multiple firing modes make the XLII+ incredibly versatile for manual, automatic and semi-auto displays
  • Operates in 2-Wire, Wireless, or simultaneous 2-Wire-Wireless Hybrid mode
  • Controls up to 40 wired modules (totaling 1,280 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, priority lockouts, and the option for our proprietary “Soft Deadman” safety control
  • Utilizes FireOne’s UltraFire technology for zero latency system firing operation
  • Self-contained operation, or software computer support, as required by operator
  • Superior LCD/LED and membrane touch technology provides logical user-friendly operation
Product-XLII-3

DESIGN SUMMARY

At just 16.5 lbs, the XLII+ control panel is a compact light-weight powerhouse designed with advanced operational features and extreme ease of use. This panel is capable of operating in manual, semi-automatic, and automatic firing modes. It includes inputs for power, time code and data, as well as two independent outputs for connecting to 2-Wire and Wireless firing modules.

The XLII+ uses LCD/LED plus membrane 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 XLII+ has three redundant power sources.

  • The XLII+ 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 XLII+ 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

In addition to the power inputs, the XLII+ also has inputs for time code and data.

The time code inputs support balanced and unbalanced external time code sources. The time code can be in FSK or SMPTE format and is used to maintain synchronization within a show.

The data inputs are used to connect the XLII+ to a computer in order to operate in the Computer Assisted Mode. It is also used to download the Fire files to the panel’s internal memory.

OUTPUTS

The XLII+ uses two independent outputs for transmitting both power and data. These outputs are electrically isolated, preventing the possibility of a 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 are an invention of FireOne that allows the power and data to be transferred on inexpensive speaker wire or two-conductor lamp cord. This technology allows the firing modules to be placed a great distance from the control panel (over 10,000 feet 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 engineering design provides for a maximum of twenty 2-Wire firing modules to be paralleled (daisy-chained) together on up to 2,000 feet 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. (All control panels have multiple outputs; 20 modules x 32 cues per module = 640). The advanced 2-Wire technology also enables the main cable run, from the control panel to the first module, to be very long (over 10,000 feet or 3 KM) 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 firing modules on each output. This is a designated limit due to power distribution. 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. 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 2500 feet from the operator!

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

FireOne’s communications system was conceived, invented and perfected by FireOne in 1999 and incrementally and continually improved year after year. This cutting-edge digital system is the default communications scheme for all FireOne control panels, transceivers, and field (firing) modules. The wireless construct of the communications system replaces the 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.

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 XLII+ offers a vast range of control options. The operator can use the device in Manual, Semi-automatic, or Automatic modes to accomplish any required task. Additionally, the associated firing modules can be controlled directly from the XLII+ membrane touch buttons, or from a computer using the supplied UltraFire software, or a combination of both.

Manual

In Manual mode, any desired firing cue can be selected and fired from one of the connected firing modules. There is a 39 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.

Semi-Automatic       

Pre-designed files can be stored in the control panel memory. “Semi” (Semi-automatic) files allow the panel to be fired in semi-automatic mode. This allows the pre-programmed “events” to be automatically executed via operator initiation, as needed. This feature is highly prized for the variable requirements at staged events such as New York City Broadway plays, musical events and tour groups.

Automatic 

In addition to Manual and Semi-Auto operation, the XLII+ supports full Automatic operation.  Utilizing preprogrammed files that have been stored in the control panel’s memory, (eight files can be stored in the panel’s internal memory) the operator can execute preprogrammed firing commands that are time code driven . . . often musical related or music dependent. Automatic operation is typically employed for precision-fired displays and is used for many of the most demanding, high-profile displays.

Computer Operated

Computer Operated Mode allows the operator to control the XLII+ from a computer via the FireOne UltraFire software. The computer has full operational control over the panel while controlling up to 1,280 firing cues (40 modules), if using wired modules or an unlimited number of cues for wireless modules.

Mixed Mode

In Mixed Mode, the XLII+ provides the dual capability of Computer Operated Mode and Manual Firing Mode simultaneously. The user can be firing a complex display controlled by a computer, and manually fire cues utilizing the XLII+ front panel membrane buttons. This powerful feature is useful when firing displays that are primarily choreographed, but require a few cues to be fired at times “to be determined”.

UltraFire

UltraFire is a unique FireOne invention pioneered by FireOne in 2002 -2003. UltraFire provides the unprecedented ability to fire any sequence of firings, anywhere in the system, with zero restrictions or time latencies. UltraFire operation is sub-frame timing accurate, and has no limit on the number of cues that may be initiated at any given time. This advanced technology empowers designers to create firing sequences that were previously impossible to fire. (Link to Meydan video)

UltraFire’s ability to eliminate any firing differential also enables extremely fast or complex firing sequences regardless of the number of firings involved or their relationship to the control location. UltraFire uses a simple, but powerful, technique that eliminates all timing errors from the firing equation.  Every firing mode of the FireOne system is capable of utilizing UltraFire’s attributes.

EXAMPLES

The XII+ is FireOne’s most popular control panel. It is designed to fire displays automatically, semi-automatically, or even manually with the option of connecting via FireOne’s computer interface software, FireOne UltraFire. The XLII+ has two identical output circuits that provide 100% redundancy when firing a display.

The two independent outputs of the XLII+ each allow up to 20 modules to be connected, giving a total of 40 wired modules that can be controlled by one panel. With each module connected to a 32 cue connection rail, the XLII+ can control over 1,280 individual firing cues.

Like all of FireOne’s control panels, the XLII+ is fully capable of simultaneously controlling wired and wireless field modules. Additionally, the XLII+ can be utilized as master control panels or 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). Since the energy required to fire a wireless module does not come from the panel, there is no limit to the number of wireless modules that can be connected.

When the XLII+ is connected as a remote wireless relay point, all firing commands are transmitted wirelessly from a control panel. 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).

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DOWNLOADS

Click .PDF icon to download
the XLII+ Brochure