An Arduino is a small programmable electronic device that can be used to control electrical equipment. This includes stepper motors and devices controlled by a variable voltage. The Arduino has built in timers, rs232 communication and programmable inputs and outputs. Microtron offers to write C++ code for Arduino Sketches and C# code to control such devices in the chosen application/project. Many peripheral devices can be attached to the Arduino, such as switches, pots, SD card readers, LCD displays, keypads and sensors etc. The Arduino can send output to or be controlled by an optional attached computer/raspberry pi and screen. It is possible to write sequences of events and store them on an sd card. It is also possible to modify this sequence as it runs one channel at a time and store the new version on the SD card.
Connection details to the Arduino Mega will be provided by Microtron, necessary electronic circuitry to protect the Arduino or amplify signals from the Arduino can be specified or provided. We can help design, print and populate circuit boards if needed, however final connection of controllers to 240 volt machines may require an electrician. Microtron may however, need to build or borrow a prototype for debugging purposes. The prototype will typically have extra components to visualise signals such as LEDs etc. or more complex input output recording scenarios such as use of a digital oscilloscope.
Typical circuit board applications are used to multiplex multiple devices or provide secure connection to and mount sensors.
This service will normally be offered in the Hamilton/Waikato area. However, we may be able to offer this service across New Zealand depending on the complexity of the project and your budget for travel expenses if needed.