Questions tagged [automation]

Automation or automatic control, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching in telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships or aircraft and other applications with minimal or reduced human intervention

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Alternative to Linear Actuators or Linear Actuators with small load limit and 70cm movement [closed]

Are there any Alternative to Linear Actuators which are not as expensive ? OR Linear Actuators with small load limit (about 20Kg) and 70cm movement ? Thanks and sorry if this was posted in ...
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Automate LT-SPICE? [duplicate]

I'm running a lot of simulations in LT-Spice, and I need someway to run them all either sequentially or at the same time. I was going to use Python, but I'm not entirely clear on how I would get ...
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Current limits and sensors power consumption

I have example sensors datasheets: 1sensor 2sensor 3sensor And I have supply current limited to 0.5 A. Which current from datasheets should I take for calculations if my supply is sufficient? ...
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RPM counter using 8051 microcontroller

I am building a RPM measurement unit using 8051 micro controller. I want to measure RPM of AC motor. I have connected proximity sensor to get the pulse for each turn. I have connected the proximity ...
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Four quadrant description

I am developing applications for energy automation for power generation and distribution utilities but i dont have much electrical engineering background. I always have confusion when it comes to ...
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Light sensor to sense light level

I have an application where I am trying to monitor a defect in a web based manufacturing process. This defect can be seen if one side of the substrate is lighted and the transmitted light is viewed ...
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How do external circuits in light switching units (such as Lightwave RF) use the mains wiring for power?

LightwaveRF is a simple switching unit that contains additional circuitry to enable automatic wireless switching. The additional circuit is powered by the mains light switching circuit. This is my ...
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Which chip to use for automation using Wifi? [closed]

I am working on a project where I will be controlling a device using android mobile phone (WiFi as medium). Which is the chip at present in the market which is low cost and effective for my ...
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Remote Controlled Water Valve

I have been planning on building a rain water collection system for my parents to be used for watering their dogs outside. I thought it would be a cool project to automate the watering process. ...
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What stages do PCB mass-assembly techniques come in?

There's a spectrum of how you get PCBs assembled. 1) Have a human pick out all the parts, solder them all on by hand, and check them all by eye. Low cost of entry. Good for low-volume high-mix work. ...
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Android Home Automation

I'm trying to do home automation using android app and arduino teleduino. Basically, I'll be doing lights and power plugs. I still cant post images so here' the link to the diagram I saw and will be ...
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How to water-protect my Arduino?

I am building a watering system with an Arduino. Basically it runs on a track with a hose that drips water down on plants a couple of times every day. Its outside, and water might sometimes get from ...
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Does LTSpice support a “Remainder” or “Modulus” function?

I am trying to change a parameter in LT Spice with if statements and make it change on whether a different value is even or odd. Mathematically, this would be easy with a remainder or modulous ...
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Automating the measurement of current consumption of an embedded system

I have two circuit board. 1.PCB for battery pack 2.Embedded PC with various modules. I was wondering if there could be an automated way of measuring current consumption by the embedded module during ...
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Can a home security system be built with an arduino? (40 sensors maximum, usb interface to pc)

Considering these requirements: 40 modules or sensors (one movement/presence sensor or one windows/door open/closed sensor) read state (boolean, or 0/1) of all modules as fast as possible (once per ...
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Programmable power supply

I have been assigned to design a kind of programmable power supply. Can't decide on a way to make it. Need help with this. This is a high level block diagram of the required system: ...
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Do Pick and Place machines check their work?

For example, if a Pick and Place machine accidentally drops a component, will it realize this and grab an identical replacement? The only reason I can think of as to why it wouldn't do this is to ...
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Is There An Automatic Precision Screwdriver For Small Works? [closed]

I need automatic tool to work with small electronical things but don't know of any good one. I am looking for something like this but of better quality and switch but push forward/reverse button: ...
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RS-232 control for Advance Energy Pinnacle power supply

I am inspired to post this question and answer by this meta post. This problem caused me a lot of problems and took a while to figure out. I have a partial answer. Perhaps others can elaborate ...

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