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Click to view Off Grid Solar Changes

Off Grid Solar Changes

Posted Tuesday 15 July 2014 23:07 Page View Counter 651

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

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 20:07 Page View Counter 750

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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Click to view Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 17:00 Page View Counter 1116

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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Click to view Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 15:07 Page View Counter 1667

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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Click to view DIY Pick and Place Design Files

DIY Pick and Place Design Files

Posted Tuesday 24 June 2014 19:06 Page View Counter 951

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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Click to view USB to RS485 Adapter

USB to RS485 Adapter

Posted Sunday 15 June 2014 14:06 Page View Counter 829

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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Click to view Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Posted Thursday 12 June 2014 18:06 Page View Counter 1099

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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Click to view Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

Posted Thursday 22 May 2014 23:05 Page View Counter 607

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 far end of the main X-Y bed. We...

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Projects and Work News

Posted Sunday 18 May 2014 21:05 Page View Counter 447

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 trader business Apexweb was...

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Click to view Railway Sky LED Controller

Railway Sky LED Controller

Posted Sunday 23 March 2014 13:03 Page View Counter 945

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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Click to view SolarStorm X2 LED Bike Lights Mount Modifications

SolarStorm X2 LED Bike Lights Mount Modifications

Posted Tuesday 18 March 2014 23:03 Page View Counter 892

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 lighting kit which was made...

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Click to view GoPro Hero 2 Handlebar mount

GoPro Hero 2 Handlebar mount

Posted Saturday 15 March 2014 19:03 Page View Counter 673

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 edited versions of these...

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Click to view Pick and Place Picker Software Upgrade

Pick and Place Picker Software Upgrade

Posted Tuesday 04 March 2014 18:03 Page View Counter 460

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 when the X axis was still moving....

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PSU Temperature Monitor

Posted Thursday 27 February 2014 13:02 Page View Counter 883

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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Click to view The end of the Google Adsense and YouTube adverts

The end of the Google Adsense and YouTube adverts

Posted Monday 24 February 2014 14:02 Page View Counter 422

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 the videos I have uploaded to...

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