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smoothlarryhughes 07-03-2012 06:23 PM

Control Panel PLANNING and BUILD
 
So I'm planning my control panel based on P-J's wiring diagram here:

http://www.pjmuth.org/beerstuff/imag...2352-5500w.jpg

Here is my parts list so far...I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on where I might be able to save a few bucks before I pull the trigger on my order.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/6...list-55505.jpg

OneHoppyGuy 07-03-2012 07:26 PM

We use Automation Direct. Whatever you do, avoid Pioneer Breaker. They have screwed up every order including the replacement parts for screwed up orders and their parts are junk

summerofgeorge 07-03-2012 10:14 PM

Well, you can save an easy $6 by adding the deluxe cable to the probe (there's a dropdown for it) instead of buying it separately. You can save a little by going with ebay for the switches and indicators. Some people have no problem doing this while others do (concerns about parts). I got my switches for $3.50 each and lights for $2 on ebay but haven't gotten around to actually using them yet. Check out ebrewsupply.com too. They're a vendor on the site. I don't have experience ordering from them (yet) but the prices are pretty reasonable.

I'm personally looking for a cheaper alternative to the Auber timer and deluxe temp probe. If you find anything let me know.

P-J 07-03-2012 11:33 PM

Looks like a good plan to me. Please do check on the Deluxe add on for the temp probe as summerofgeorge suggested. You can also get a red EPO switch from Auber Instruments ($6.99) instead of the one from Automation Direct.

Also you can change switch #1 to a contactor and a different switch type for just a few bucks more if you wanted to go that way.

If you want to make any changes to the diagram, I'd more than pleased to help you.

Another thought for you: Bottom line - you get what you pay for. Auber Instruments is a very reliable company that stands behind its products. Do it right and do it once. (Just saying.)

Wishing you the best.

P-J

smoothlarryhughes 07-04-2012 12:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by P-J (Post 4223209)
Also you can change switch #1 to a contactor and a different switch type for just a few bucks more if you wanted to go that way.

Thanks PJ...is there a benefit to going this route? If so, a wiring diagram would be appreciated.

Quote:

You can also get a red EPO switch from Auber Instruments ($6.99) instead of the one from Automation Direct.
Do you have a part number from auber for the red EPO switch? It might save on shipping as well since that is the only item I was going to order from automation direct.

Cheers!

P-J 07-04-2012 12:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smoothlarryhughes (Post 4223392)
Thanks PJ...is there a benefit to going this route? If so, a wiring diagram would be appreciated.


Do you have a part number from auber for the red EPO switch? It might save on shipping as well since that is the only item I was going to order from automation direct.

Cheers!

Changing to a contactor for the element power just allows you to use a different switch type.

This is the link to the E-Stop:
http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7_32&produc ts_id=259

smoothlarryhughes 07-04-2012 04:06 PM

Do you mind showing me a diagram using a selector switch like the one I am using for the pumps/pid power, but 3 position?

P-J 07-04-2012 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smoothlarryhughes (Post 4224706)
Do you mind showing me a diagram using a selector switch like the one I am using for the pumps/pid power, but 3 position?

Auber Instruments does not carry a 3 position (center off) illuminated switch.

smoothlarryhughes 07-04-2012 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by P-J (Post 4224889)
Auber Instruments does not carry a 3 position (center off) illuminated switch.

do they carry a center off non-illumated switch i could use with 2 indicator lights? I'm using indicator lights with 2 position selector switches for everything else.

P-J 07-04-2012 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smoothlarryhughes (Post 4224911)
do they carry a center off non-illumated switch i could use with 2 indicator lights? I'm using indicator lights with 2 position selector switches for everything else.

Selector Switch, 3-Position Maintained 2 N/O

You might need 2 additional N/O modules to control your circuitry. (that really depends on your wiring design)

Please keep in mind that this switch is rated for a max of 10A. If you intend it to be used for switching element power, you need to use contactors as well.

Just saying.

BTW: You also might want to just simply browse the http://www.auberins.com/ site to see what they have to offer.


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