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Click to view DIY Pick and Place V2 Feeder Activator build problems

DIY Pick and Place V2 Feeder Activator build problems

Posted Tuesday 01 October 2013 16:11 Page View Counter 550

The feeder activator system to select the correct component feeder and then activate the feeder is based on the same system used on the semi-automatic pick and place machine we built before. In order to save weight on the activator head we decided...

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Click to view DIY Pick and  Place V2 Picker X Axis build update

DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker X Axis build update

Posted Thursday 26 September 2013 21:35 Page View Counter 558

Work is slowly progressing on the DIY pick and place machine with the pickers X axis having new parts machined this week and assembled and tested today. Further photos are on my Flickr gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian-dorey/sets/72157635317638526/...

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Click to view DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker Y Axis gearbox and drive

DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker Y Axis gearbox and drive

Posted Monday 16 September 2013 20:52 Page View Counter 594

It has been a busy week so far designing different brackets and parts for the automatic pick and place machine. The photos below show the latest progress on the build and a video showing the picker Y axis running via a Smoothstepper board and Mach3 on...

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Click to view DIY Pick and  Place V2 Picker Head Assembly

DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker Head Assembly

Posted Wednesday 04 September 2013 21:22 Page View Counter 1234

After using our previous semi-automatic pick and place machine for a year we decided it was time to build a fully automatic DIY pick and place machine as we cant keep up with the demand for the Raspberry Pi expansion boards. We have looked into buying...

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Click to view Agilent InfiniiVision MSOX2024A Oscilloscope I2C Analysis

Agilent InfiniiVision MSOX2024A Oscilloscope I2C Analysis

Posted Wednesday 21 August 2013 22:01 Page View Counter 490

Today I was trying to get a Netduino 2 .NET Micro Framework microcontroller board to communicate with the ADC Pi board which we build and sell for the Raspberry Pi. Initially the boards didn't seem to communicate so I tried to monitor the I2C signals...

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When hard drives crash

Posted Saturday 17 August 2013 15:10 Page View Counter 530

We recently had a hard drive failure on our Synology Diskstation NAS drive and the drive was making very nasty scratching noises so we decided to remove the lid and found that the hard drive heads had crashed into the platters while it was spinning leaving...

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Click to view BeagleBone Driver Installer problems

BeagleBone Driver Installer problems

Posted Thursday 25 July 2013 00:35 Page View Counter 929

My new BeagleBone Black arrived today and the first problems I had when trying to install the drivers via USB onto Windows 8 was that the installer told me the following: “The current language is not supported by the Device Driver Installation...

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Click to view Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger v2 Plans

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger v2 Plans

Posted Monday 22 July 2013 18:22 Page View Counter 890

It has now been a year since the first Raspberry Pi solar data logger was launched and over the past 12 months it has been running continuously uploading data from our sensors to our online reporting site at home.briandorey.com every minute. We are...

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Click to view Google Apps for Business and Analytics Login problems

Google Apps for Business and Analytics Login problems

Posted Friday 12 July 2013 16:19 Page View Counter 443

One of our clients uses Google Apps for Business for his email and he used to have a Google Analytics account using the same email address as his new Google Apps for Business primary login email address. It seems that if you have an existing Google Analytics...

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Raspberry Pi GPIO Protection

Posted Saturday 06 July 2013 13:00 Page View Counter 1844

After damaging the GPIO port on our raspberry pi while designing a new solar monitoring system we decided that it might be a good idea to build a buffer/level translator to protect the GPIO pins from over voltage and ESD spikes.  The board would...

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Click to view Landrover Defender Replacement crossmember fitting

Landrover Defender Replacement crossmember fitting

Posted Saturday 29 June 2013 22:51 Page View Counter 3394

Earlier this year I ordered a Landrover Defender Replacement HD (heavy duty) crossmember from blacksheepcrossmember.co.uk to replace the rear crossmember on my Defender which was rusting fairly badly on each end due to the poor original design which had...

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Click to view Workshop ESD Protection

Workshop ESD Protection

Posted Wednesday 19 June 2013 23:27 Page View Counter 404

Now we are doing a lot more work with static sensitive devices we decided it was time to update our workbench with an ESD antistatic mat and wrist straps to try to ground any static electric build-up before it can damage anything! The antistatic components...

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Click to view Cental Heating Control via Windows Phone and Raspberry Pi

Cental Heating Control via Windows Phone and Raspberry Pi

Posted Monday 10 June 2013 13:09 Page View Counter 1053

I have now finished working on the mobile app for the Raspberry Pi controlled central heating controller. This is following from the www.briandorey.com/post/XBee-Central-Heating-Control-via-Raspberry-Pi blog post which detailed how the central heating...

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Click to view Raspberry Pi solar data logger after one year

Raspberry Pi solar data logger after one year

Posted Thursday 06 June 2013 22:43 Page View Counter 483

It has now been just over 12 months since we installed our Raspberry Pi solar data logger system on the house and it has been uploading temperature readings, battery voltage and current readings every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The huge...

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Land Rover Defender roof insulation upgrade

Posted Friday 31 May 2013 23:17 Page View Counter 1441

After another cold winter driving our Landrover Defender 90 we decided to try to insulate the roof and exposed side panels in the vehicle and try to track down an annoying water leak which caused water to build up above the passenger door which pours...

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