We will now be looking at how to use analog inputs to our Arduino UNO controller. An analog input converts a voltage level into a digital value. This can then be used in our Arduino program or sketch. The analog input signal can represent many different items. Speed, levels, distance, brightness, density, humidity, etc. are a few items that this external input can represent.
We will be wiring a 10K potentiometer to the first analog input of the controller. The Arduino Uno R3 from our Super Starter Kit will be used. As the analog values changes via our potentiometer, we will use PWM to change the brightness of an LED. We will look at how this conversion from analog voltage to digital is done. Values will be displayed on the built-in serial monitor of our Arduino IDE software. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!
We will now install software to program our arduino uno. This arduino uno software is a free download and will operate on several operating systems. The IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software uses a streamlined version of C++ to write and upload code to the boards. This software is open-sourced and available free of charge. It will run on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
We will be installing the Arduino IDE on a Windows 7 machine. Connecting to our Arduino Uno, we will modify the blink program. (sketch) Let’s get started. Continue Reading!
I have recently come across a free virtual plc simulator called PLC Fiddle. It will enable you to create simple PLC ladder logic code within your browser free. This is an ideal way in understanding PLC concepts for industrial automation. All of the basic PLC instructions that come with most plc units have been incorporated in this virtual cloud PLC software.
PLC Fiddle is currently in an early stage of development but is functional enough to be helpful to you in learning and understanding PLC concepts. We will be reviewing this online plc editor and simulator software and create a few common basic circuits. Using the simulator we will test our circuits and monitor our PLC programs (circuits). Let’s get started. Continue Reading!
Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014 is a free, edition of SQL Server this is ideal for learning and developing desktop, web, and small server applications. The database size can be 10 gigabytes in size. SQL Server Express 2014 release includes the full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio. We will be using SQL Server 2014 to share the database on a network. The SQL Server database is ideal for applications such as data acquisition (data logging) from our PLC applications. We need to configure the SQL Server database so other computers can access this on the LAN (Local Area Network). Continue Reading!
The SOLO Temperature Controller is a single loop dual output process temperature controller that can control both heating and cooling simultaneously. It is available in 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 DIN panel sizes and is UL, CUL and CE approved. The name of the temperature controller is deceiving. This unit will also accept voltage and current into them, which is great for process control.
Recently I was asked: How you can change the pressure value from PSI to Bar?
They were bringing into the controller a voltage signal. This can be scaled using the tP-H (High-level signal) and tP-L (Low-level signal). The units on the display scaled for you. The default is -999 to 999. See section 11-2 of the following information guide that comes with the controller. Continue Reading!