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17 AUGUST 2014

Banana Pi first tests

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...

10 AUGUST 2014

ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software

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...

18 JULY 2014

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter RF Interference

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...

15 JULY 2014

Off Grid Solar Changes

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...

09 JULY 2014

Vacuum Valve air flow modification

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...

09 JULY 2014

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

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...

09 JULY 2014

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

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...

24 JUNE 2014

DIY Pick and Place Design Files

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...

15 JUNE 2014

USB to RS485 Adapter

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...

12 JUNE 2014

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

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...

22 MAY 2014

Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

In the past few weeks we had an intermittent problem with two of the stepper motors on the DIY Pick and Place machine on the picker head where the motors wouldn’t always run at slower speeds when the head was at the...

18 MAY 2014

Projects and Work News

Things have been very busy with both work and hobbies and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get all the planned projects finished and keep the blog up to date. At the start of May my sole...

23 MARCH 2014

Railway Sky LED Controller

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...

18 MARCH 2014

SolarStorm X2 LED Bike Lights Mount Modifications

I am trying to get fit again after a long wet winter of not using my bike and I decided it was time to replace my old halogen bike lights with a modern LED system so we can go out for night time rides after work. My old...

15 MARCH 2014

GoPro Hero 2 Handlebar mount

On our Virtual Swanage website we have a section with cycle routes in our local area. We purchased a GoPro Hero 2 camera with a bike mount with the intention to use this to record videos of the cycle routes and then put...

04 MARCH 2014

Pick and Place Picker Software Upgrade

Since building the DIY Pick and Place machine we have had a problem with the Atmel processor powered component selector which was using the AccelStepper library which would randomly push the selector ram down...

27 FEBRUARY 2014

PSU Temperature Monitor

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...

24 FEBRUARY 2014

The end of the Google Adsense and YouTube adverts

I have decided that I will no longer have any google adsense adverts on my blog or my virtual-swanage.co.uk website or on my YouTube videos via their monetise system. In the past I have never had any complains about...

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer Case

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...

08 FEBRUARY 2014

Pick and Place USB Control Software

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...

28 JANUARY 2014

DIY Pick and Place USB Controller Board

After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine  we soon found a limitation with the SmoothStepper Ethernet board when using it to switch the various relays and select components from the Arduino Mini controlled component...


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