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HOW TO MONITOR LOAD FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 2

HOW TO MONITOR LOAD FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our guide on how to monitor the load feedback of a linear actuator. In Part 1 we went over the wiring process and the basic coding needed for the example. In today's guide we will be going over in the detail the different sections of the coding as well as some ways to edit it to your liking. To begin we will be looking at the latchButtons() section of code.
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HOW TO MONITOR FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 1

HOW TO MONITOR FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 1

In today’s guide we will be going over how to find out how much force a linear actuator is applying by monitoring the amount of current it is using. This will be one of our more advanced guides and will require some complex coding, calibrating and programming. We will be covering the monitoring of an analog input and how it utilizes its functions. For this project we’ll be using a MegaMoto Plus, a linear actuator (we are using our PA-14 mini actuator), an Arduino Uno and a power supply of at least 12V.
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INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS PART 2

INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Intro to Arduino Microcontrollers. Last time we went over the basics of Arduino and some of the different board models that we carry in stock. Today we’ll be going over a couple more of the boards that we have as well as how to get started with programming and coding them. The last two boards we’ll be discussing have some more advanced features then the ones we went over in Part 1, the Arduino Mega and the Arduino Ethernet.
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INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS

INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS

We’ve been expanding our line of control systems with the addition of microcontrollers, shields and other hardware, including becoming an official distributor of Arduino products. Arduino is one of the leaders in open-source electronic platforms and one of the most popular hardware brands in the industry.
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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

The bi-annual D23 Expo has been one of the most popular and fan-friendly conventions in the world since it first started in 2009. It was created to give fans an inside look at the magic of Disney and exclusive first looks at upcoming attractions, films and presentations celebrating arguably the most beloved and acclaimed entertainment studio of all time. We were lucky enough to be a part of this years expo with the help of two of our most valued customers, expert builders Michael McMaster and Mike Senna.
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HOW TO USE RELAYS TO CONTROL LINEAR ACTUATORS

HOW TO USE RELAYS TO CONTROL LINEAR ACTUATORS

In this post we will be going over how to use relay boards to control the motion of linear actuators. We have 2-channel, 4-channel and 8-channel relay boards available and each one does the same thing, the only difference being how many channels are usable. We will be combining the relay boards with our LC-066 Arduino Uno to show off their control capabilities. The relays control the direction in which the actuator moves. They work by using current from the input source to activate an electromagnet, which pulls a switch that allows higher currents on the opposite side of the relay to flow.
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