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Old 04-22-2012, 02:35 AM   #21
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How many functions are needed for a home brewing control system?,all the current offerings are on/off control, temperature measurement, and level, not exotic but functional. Not sure what the needs are and what type of user interface is needed, basic manual control, or up to most functions and calculations made for easier use for the less tech experienced folks.


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Old 04-22-2012, 03:13 AM   #22
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We have customers who want "exotic". I'm not an engineer but grew up in the control systems arena. Worked on some very large control panels for refineries and other industrial applications so I am quite aware of different capabilities and applications. Wired thousands of relays, did a lot of drafting and design, this is nothing new to me. Back in '72 I was wondering why showers did not have temperature settings for each bather and how it could be done.

It's not necessarily the particular functions but rather the shortcomings of current brewing controllers that I would like to address.


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Old 04-22-2012, 03:59 AM   #23
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I have done the far edge of brewing automation, now working on a scaled version of that with some off the shelf boards and a touch application for an ARM front end with 7" touch screen. The application will probably end up as a single screen with icons for helper popup screens for additional functions, and run time configuration of IO instead of dedicated positions like the current PLC front ends.
This is just a down time activity for me at this point, just curious to see what it can do with a bit of tinkering.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:02 AM   #24
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EXACTLY!!
The one thing I dislike about your gallery is that the photos are to @#$!! small.
A media PC tucked away and a touch screen... is what I envision.

BTW Kladue, I would love to see your brew system and pick your brain.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:31 AM   #25
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Here is a link to the Picassa gallery with the pictures, this is the application screens https://picasaweb.google.com/kevin.l...rogramGraphics, others of old system and construction can be found there.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #26
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Wow, you have put a lot of work into that. Very nice work Kevin.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:03 PM   #27
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EXACTLY!!
The one thing I dislike about your gallery is that the photos are to @#$!! small.
A media PC tucked away and a touch screen... is what I envision.

BTW Kladue, I would love to see your brew system and pick your brain.
Google Raspberry Pi .
if I was inclined to go down that road Kurt, that's the direction I'd go.

Kladue,
Those screen caps made lil Elvis put on weight.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #28
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Google Raspberry Pi .
if I was inclined to go down that road Kurt, that's the direction I'd go.
Cool Thanks. One problem... I wouldn't know where to start. My plate is full and don't have time to learn it. I need to contract it out
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The Puck style SSR relays did NOT fix the problem. I had to replace the gas valves for a type with hot surface igniter. GRRRRRR
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BCS and Network Bridge are located in a separate enclosure.
Not using that style anymore. Using the Smart Gas valves now where everything is mounted on the valve and all you need to supply is your 24VAC
I've been bragging about the Honeywell SmartValves every chance I get, far superior to the two piece set up. Less clutter and places for things to go wrong. Cheers!!


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