How To Control Servo Run Time

It’s easy to control how long the servos run when using the Servo library. Once set, a servo will maintain its motion until it receives a new setting. So, to make a servo run for a certain length of time, all you have to do is insert a delay after each setting. 

Example Sketch: ServoRunTimes

  • Enter, save, and upload ServoRunTimes to your Arduino.
  • Verify that both servos turn full speed clockwise for 3 seconds, then counterclockwise for 3 seconds, then stop.
 Robotics with the BOE Shield – ServoRunTimes
 Generate a servo full speed counterclockwise signal with pin 13 and
 full speed clockwise signal with pin 12.

#include <Servo.h>                           // Include servo library
Servo servoLeft;                             // Declare left servo signal
Servo servoRight;                            // Declare right servo signal

void setup()                                 // Built in initialization block
  servoLeft.attach(13);                      // Attach left signal to pin 13
  servoRight.attach(12);                     // Attach right signal to pin 12

  servoLeft.writeMicroseconds(1300);         // Pin 13 clockwise
  servoRight.writeMicroseconds(1300);        // Pin 12 clockwise
  delay(3000);                               // ..for 3 seconds
  servoLeft.writeMicroseconds(1700);         // Pin 13 counterclockwise
  servoRight.writeMicroseconds(1700);        // Pin 12 counterclockwise
  delay(3000);                               // ..for 3 seconds
  servoLeft.writeMicroseconds(1500);         // Pin 13 stay still
  servoRight.writeMicroseconds(1500);        // Pin 12 stay still
void loop()                                  // Main loop auto-repeats
{                                            // Empty, nothing needs repeating