Electrical Firing - Field Modules

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Field modules, also known as slaves, come in many different forms. The most common are "box" type and "rail" type. Box type is pretty self explanatory, being a small box with cue terminals. See pictures below. The box is good for groups of mortars, or a group of low level devices such as cakes. A rail type can be a hardwood or fiberglass rail, with cue terminals a measured distance apart. Another "rail" type comes in a flexible form and is sometimes called a "cable module". A standard rail has hard mounted cue terminals that might make it difficult when spacing between different size mortars varies. A cable module will have extreme flexibility when it comes to placement of fireworks, and will potentially save a whole lot of "zip" wire used to extend electric match leads to a cue terminal.

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Grounding a Firing System

45 Shot Firing System Field Setup

Using an internally grounded field module with a standard pinboard

Can I use a internally grounded module with a non-internally grounded firing system and vice versa?
Yes! To do so, let discuss both cases. If you had a 45 shot internally grounded module and a non-internally grounded firing system, you must run a ground wire from the module back to the firing board, as if it wasn't internally grounded.

In the other case, if we have a 50 shot non-internally grounded module and a 45 shot internally grounded firing system, you have two choices (sometimes only one depending on the firing system used):

1) Run a ground wire from the module back to the firing board.
2) Connect a jumper wire between the positive and negative terminals on the module for cues 46 through 50. This essentially converts it to an internally grounded module.

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A typical pinboard style field module will consist of these main parts:

Cue Terminals
Each field module will have a number of cue terminals, the number depending on the firing system design. Each terminal is typically a stereo speaker type of connector with a red and black terminal. There are a few other variations of cue terminals; however, this also depends on the firing system design. The electric match attached to the firework plugs directly into these terminals.

Firing Cable Interface
The interface can consist of just a loose cable end hanging out of the firing control module, or more commonly, a connector which sits flush on the face of the module, very similar to the firing board. For the case of the cable slave, it has a 25 pair amphenol connector at each end. It doesn't matter which end is plugged into the firing cable. The advantage of being able to interface to it at either end is that you can maximize distance between your firing board and your fireworks setup by plugging in the end which is closest to the firing board. This also means you can string them end to end if you have fireworks that need to fire simultaneously from multiple positions on the same cue.

Ground Terminals
You will typically have a simple screw terminal which a ground wire will attach. Some firing systems are internally grounded through the firing cables and do not require this extra ground line. It is very important to redundantly ground your firing system!

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