Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 17:00 Page View Counter 77

Following from the previous Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1 post we have now built and installed the new control board for the pick and place machine. While building and testing the board we found an issue with one of the pins on the main microcontroller...

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Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 15:07 Page View Counter 122

We use Anderson Powerpole connectors (http://www.powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpoles/) on our ham radios and other 12 volt accessories in the house and we had always used leaded plugs connecting to a central point with inline fuses on each one. There...

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USB to RS485 Adapter

USB to RS485 Adapter

Posted Sunday 15 June 2014 14:06 Page View Counter 64

The new solar data logger project is slowly progressing and a part of the project includes some Atmel based slave boards for measuring sensors in various parts of the house.  The slave boards are connected together using a full-duplex RS485 network. We...

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Railway Sky LED Controller

Railway Sky LED Controller

Posted Sunday 23 March 2014 13:03 Page View Counter 74

Alongside our electronic projects another long term hobby has been model making and more specifically model railways.  We have had a model railway in our loft workshop for many years and it has always been a way of mixing the model making and...

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PSU Temperature Monitor

PSU Temperature Monitor

Posted Thursday 27 February 2014 13:02 Page View Counter 66

For a few years now we have been using a GW Instek GPC-1850D power supply in our workshop and while it has served us well over that time there has always been one issue that has annoyed us, the loud cooling fan in the back which drowns out everything...

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Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer Case

Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer Case

Posted Thursday 20 February 2014 23:02 Page View Counter 44

To program the Atmel chips in our recent PNP controller board and for our planned expansion boards for the solar power data logger we needed to be able to program the Atmel chips used on the boards. After looking at various programmers we decided...

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Pick and Place USB Control Software

Pick and Place USB Control Software

Posted Saturday 08 February 2014 12:02 Page View Counter 54

After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine USB Controller Board  we needed to rewrite the controller software to drive the pick and place machine. The new Pick and Place software is written in C# and we used Visual Studio 2013 to write...

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Variable RF Signal Sampler

Variable RF Signal Sampler

Posted Thursday 16 January 2014 14:01 Page View Counter 121

One of my hobbies is Amateur (Ham) radio and it is useful to be able to check the outputs on the radios transmitters to check that the signal is transmitting on the correct frequency and not causing spurious frequency problems. It isn’t safe...

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DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

Posted Saturday 23 November 2013 12:57 Page View Counter 476

The DIY pick and place machine project is now finally running and is able to place the components for our Raspberry Pi expansion boards. This project started in July 2013 when we began to order the various components, bearings, motors, drive systems,...

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DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

Posted Saturday 02 November 2013 14:02 Page View Counter 76

DIY Pick and Place V2 – Base Vision LED Array The PCB's arrived today for the LED array to go in the base of the Pick and Place system. The six boards hold a total of 144 red leds. We are now trying to use OpenCV with the Emgu CV C#...

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