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ZX-METAL: The metal dectector module documentation l 1

ZX-METAL
The metal detector module

Features
l Detect presence of any metallic object

l Detection Indicator

l Digital output. Active with logic “0”

l Operation range varies according to size of the metallic object

l Adjustable sensitivity

l An easy removable searching coil screw based terminal block

l JST connector for supporting all of INEX controller board

l Interface with any microcontroller

l The module has a plastic protection tray

lSupply voltage of +5V from the main controller board that interfaced via JST
connector.

l Available with a small searching coil. Activated via a simple proximity switch.

Include : ZX-METAL board, JST3-8AA cable (1), Small searching coil (1) and Documentation
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TDA0161 : Proximity detector


The heart of this sensor module is the TDA0161 chip from ST microelectronics. The
monolithic integrated circuits are designed for any metallic body detection by detecting
the variations in the high frequency Eddy current losses. With an external tuned circuit
they act as oscillators. Output signal level is altered by an approaching metallic object.

Output signal is determined by supply current changes. Independent of supply


voltage, this current is high or low according to the presence or the absence of a close
metallic object.

PIN CONNECTION (top view)

l Output current : 10mA.


l Oscillator frequency : 10 MHz.
l Supply voltage : + 4 to + 35 V
l Connect coil directly. No need external component.

+5V

R3
IC1 1k
K1
TDA0161DP
Coil Terminal K2
3 Detector +Vcc LED1 OUTPUT
Hot Point METAL
C1
S

0.0047µF +

63V 7 6 Q1
Detector E Output BC547
C2
0.0047µF R2 +5V
63V 5 R1 510
Filtering 150

L1 Adjust 2 Adjust 1
SEARCHING 4 2
COIL

cw
VR1 R4
1kB 1k
R5
SENSE ccw 330

Figure 1 ZX-METAL schematic diagram


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Operation
Figure 1 shows the complete schematic diagram of ZX-METAL. L1 the searching coil
connected with C1 to generate the signal. IC1 TDA0161 is proximity detector. It detects
the Variation in high frequency Eddy current losses. If the metal object is near the searching
coil, the output current will flow more. On the other hand, the current will be decrease
when the object is far from the searching coil.
R1 is the current load. If there is more current flow, the voltage across will increase.
Transistor Q1 will be conducted. LED1 will then turn on. The logic output at K2 connector is
Low or 0V. If no metal is detected, Q1 will be turned off and LED1 turned off too. The logic
output is High or +5V.

Testing
Make sure the Searching coil must connect at terminal block of ZX-MTAL module.
After that connect the ZX-METAL with the main microcontroller such as i-BOX3.0, Stamp-BOX,SCi-
BOX, AX-11, MicroCamp, RBX-877 or RBX-51 with JST3AA-8 cable (bundled iwith module). The
supply voltage +5V from thre main controller board will apply to ZX-METAL. Bring the sensor
to find the mtal object. If it can detect, LED1 will on and logic output is LOW or “0”.
You can adjest the sensitivity with potentiometer on the ZX-METAL module.
METAL

Sensitivity Connect the main


adjustment microcontroller board such
S as i-BOX3.0, Stamp-BOX,
Searching SCi-BOX, MIcroCamp, RBX-
Coil 877, RBX-51 or AX-11 with
COIL JST3AA-8 cable

pin space 2.00 mm.

GND
S
+5V

JST3AA-8 cable connection


METAL

NOT FOUND
Searching
Coil
S Logic "1"

COIL

Metal object
METAL

Searching DETECTED
Coil
S Logic "0"
COIL INNOVATIVE EXPERIMENT

Figure 2 Interfacing and testing the ZX-METAL module


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