Banana Pi first tests

Banana Pi first tests

Posted Sunday 17 August 2014 21:47 Page View Counter 109

A few weeks ago I ordered a Banana Pi board from http://www.pidirect.org/products/banana-pi-0 who appear to be based in Ireland. The board arrived a couple of weeks later and after initially trying it with one of the test images from the lemaker.org...

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ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software

ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software

Posted Sunday 10 August 2014 22:21 Page View Counter 134

I have finished the latest version of the DIY Pick and Place controller software to work with the new KFlop motion controller and our latest custom USB controller board. I decided to build this application using the ModernUI theme from mui.codeplex.com and...

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Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter RF Interference

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter RF Interference

Posted Friday 18 July 2014 18:07 Page View Counter 145

Our new Mastervolt Soladin 600 tie-in mains inverter arrived today and we have installed it in the loft with it connected via an isolation switch to the solar panel array and a fuse and electric meter to the mains circuit. The completed install 0...

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Off Grid Solar Changes

Off Grid Solar Changes

Posted Tuesday 15 July 2014 23:07 Page View Counter 102

Last week one of our 125Ah 12 volt batteries on our off grid solar system failed after only 20 months use since we purchased the battery. Batteries and Isolator Switches Install Complete Raspberry Pi datalogger For the past two...

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Vacuum Valve air flow modification

Vacuum Valve air flow modification

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 20:07 Page View Counter 134

The DIY Pick and Place machine upgrade to use automotive vacuum valves didn’t work as planned as the automotive valves are much too slow and unresponsive to switch the vacuum feed to the picker needles fast enough to pick and place the components. We...

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Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 17:00 Page View Counter 199

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 346

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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DIY Pick and Place Design Files

DIY Pick and Place Design Files

Posted Tuesday 24 June 2014 19:06 Page View Counter 150

We have collated all the design files we saved during the development and build of our DIY manual pick and place machine and the DIY automatic pick and place machine and we have uploaded the files to our GitHub account into a new repository at...

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USB to RS485 Adapter

USB to RS485 Adapter

Posted Sunday 15 June 2014 14:06 Page View Counter 151

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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Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Posted Thursday 12 June 2014 18:06 Page View Counter 208

Since we built the automatic DIY pick and place machine, one aspect of the build which has always caused us problems is the speed in which Mach3 communicates with the SmoothStepper Ethernet board and the lack of ability to send more than one command...

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