ISE is currently on Spring Break. We are still available for technical support (though responses may be delayed) but shipment of orders won’t resume until April 3.
MRGui is our configuration utility for MRBus based devices. It simplifies the process of setting the various EEPROM configuration options for each node, using a user-friendly GUI that runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux. In addition to setting EEPROM configuration options, MRGui can also be used for general purpose programming of AVR microcontrollers. The instructions […]
Iowa Scaled Engineering products were recently mentioned in one of the Model Railroader Video Plus episodes, featuring Tony Koester’s Nickel Plate Road. In this video (subscribers only) you’ll see our CKT-IRSENSE and ACC-RELAY1 products used in an automatic interchange. Each time a cut of cars is picked up, a new cut of cars is automatically […]
ISE is going on vacation! OK, only one of us is going on vacation – the other has to travel for the day job – but we will not be shipping any orders October 22 through October 30. You can still place orders during that time and we will still be occasionally monitoring support emails.
You may have heard about the Modular Signal System – it’s been slowly gaining support in the Free-mo modular community for about a decade now. If you haven’t, read on – it’s an exciting new (well, somewhat new) option to bring ABS signalling and more to your model railroad. The initial Modular Signal System (MSS […]
While I’m still a firm supporter of the tried-and-true industrial foam tape method we’ve sold for MRServo servo switch machine mounting since the beginning, there’s always room for improvement. Several customers have asked about alternate, mechanical mounting methods, and there’s definitely places that would be useful. I always have a machine or two that keeps […]
Michael and I will both be out on other business next week, so orders placed between March 19 and March 26 will be delayed until we return the following week. We apologize for any inconvenience, and wanted to let you know in advance.
I’d like to introduce you to ISE’s latest model railroad product – the CKT-BD1 single channel DCC block detector! This little DCC current-based detector is designed to be highly sensitive while being resistant to false triggering, robust, and very easy to install. All you need to do is pass one of the bus wires to […]
The development of ISE’s block detectors has been a fairly long adventure, so much so that the long, drawn-out development cycle through six or seven iterations has become a bit of a running joke between Michael and myself. It’s served as a bit of a high water mark in terms of design revisions and major […]
We were recently asked to build a module that could automatically reverse a locomotive between two end points for use on a small point-to-point switching layout. The idea was to provide a means for continuous running of a train while working on the layout or to break in new locomotives without user intervention. The end […]