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Old 05-08-2012, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default Automation Component References

Just like a lot of other forums, I'd like to see a sticky or something with an easy place to find links and information on the most popular and best products to use for automating your brewery.

I personally am not very far along in the automation process, but I know it is a matter of time...

Here are some resources I have found to be very useful.

BrewTroller Automation System - Open Source Control Systems
BCS (Brewery Control System) - Embedded Control Concepts
Arduino Control - Arduino CC
Programmable Controllers (PLC) - Automation Direct
2-way and 3-way 12VDC motorized valves - OSCSYS.com (When in stock) or TFJT
2-way motorized valves group buy PM HBT member Squeeky
Solenoid Valves - DudaDiesel.com

Solenoid valves are best suited for controlling the flow of water. The have a fast reaction time. They have been known to fail when used with wort due to buildup causing the membrane to fail. Motorized valves are recommended for wort.
Pilot Gas Valves - PexSupply.com or air-n-water.com
Affordable PID - Auber Instruments
(1 review)
120/240VAC pushbutton illuminated switch - Auber Instruments (1 review)
LED Indicators, DIN rails, Enclosures, etc - ebrewsupply.com
Panel Tags - Signs Banners and Tags
Custom Front Panels - Front Panel Express
Terminal Blocks, E-stops, various parts and accessories - Automation Direct or PartsExpress

I'll post suggestions or changes to links. Please post your resources for automation information and products.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:48 AM   #2
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I had purchased a lot of motorized ball valves and sold in classifieds. I would be willing to do the same if this subforum takes off. However if I was purchasing for a profit I would need vendor membership and may not be worth the trouble. I could offer the valves for $40 or possibly a little cheaper if deposit made before order. Had to order qty of 50 to make it worth while.

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Old 05-08-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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I bought my circuit breakers, terminal blocks, wire duct, e-stop mushroom and illuminated power switch from Tier1Automation.

Their site layout is not that great, but they have great prices, free shipping, and you can buy just 1 of something if that's all you need.

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Old 05-08-2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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I haven't personally bought anything from them yet, but a lot of people on HBT seem to recommend Automation Direct for buttons, terminal blocks, etc.

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I seen this one on brew talk vendor forums new store for e builds and I think he is still giving out 10% off.

http://www.ebrewsupply.com

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f41/ebre...g-soon-325893/

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Deleted, commented then realized the mobile app messed up margins, thought you had me listed for solenoids.

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My source for motorized valves: http://www.tfjt.com/en/index.asp

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Uses the same source as goingmad

If you place an order direct from China, I encourage you to get multiple quotes. I was given different pricing depending on who replied to the e-mail. Also have to factor in wire transfer, customs, and shipping (Was roughly 25% of my order cost).

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I use Spark fun for a lot of little knick knack parts like FET's, diodes, chips and even PC board fabrication. Cheap and fast delivery.
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