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Old 04-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #111
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A couple questions, what is the programming language, and what is the equipment interface hardware?. Looks nice so far, I am curious how many I/O points it has taken to automate your system.
I'm not sure what language it is called as I'm not a trained programmer, but it's somewhat intuitive. I'm using samples from the manual and some trial and error to get the automation done. I'm using a USB DAQ device called LabJack and for the the automation I'm using DAQFactory. In terms of the number of I/O, the are currently 20 (10 valves, 3 pumps, 2 flowmeters, 2 spark ignition modules, three temp probes). I'm still debating the level transmitters or just using some float switches to prevent overflows.


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Old 04-18-2009, 06:05 AM   #112
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I had looked at the labjack hardware but needed more I/O points and capabilities than that hardware could provide. The system I have under construction has 62 points, 44 for brewing system and 18 for fermentation system hardware. Software has been developed using netbeans and my sql with the design goal of complete brewing automation and fermentation temperature control for 6 fermenters. What make is the touch screen computer you are using?, have aquired an advantech PPC-153T touch screen to run the java application for the phase 2 system.


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Old 04-18-2009, 07:53 AM   #113
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I had looked at the labjack hardware but needed more I/O points and capabilities than that hardware could provide. The system I have under construction has 62 points, 44 for brewing system and 18 for fermentation system hardware. Software has been developed using netbeans and my sql with the design goal of complete brewing automation and fermentation temperature control for 6 fermenters. What make is the touch screen computer you are using?, have aquired an advantech PPC-153T touch screen to run the java application for the phase 2 system.
Geez that's a lot of I/Os. My original design called for 25 but I cut it to 20 to accompdate that 20 in the labjack. Once I get it going, if the other five are needed I can always get another labjack and add more.

For some reason, that model number sounds familiar, the PPC 153. I'm pretty sure mine is an advantech as well but I'll have to look and see what I have. I've spent over three years planning, collecting parts and learning new skills, welding for example, to get this thing built. I think I've enjoyed all the learning and building as much as enjoy using it.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:11 PM   #114
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:28 PM   #115
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Here is the [to scale] front panel cover for my new brewing rig. It's a two tier RIMS design with the HLT on the second level, so I only need one pump.

I plan to print the cover on 11 x 17 photo paper, cut out the black boxes/circles with an exacto knife, and have it laminated.


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Old 09-11-2009, 06:37 PM   #116
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here's mine:

White switches are the HLT and BK elements.
Black toggles are HLT stir motor and the March pump.

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Old 09-11-2009, 08:05 PM   #117
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Hey Guys. I posted this on another thread, but I thought I'd post it here too. I came across a website for a company called Front Panel Express that has some software you can download for free and design your front panel. You can then send them the file and they'll make it for your and send it to you. I'm not sure on the pricing, but it looks like a great option for a lot of people. There seems to be quite a few options to choose from in the software. Just thought I'd share.

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Old 10-05-2009, 07:36 PM   #118
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My wife took the logo off my control panel and got a birthday present which just arrived today: A case of pint glasses with my brewery logo on them:



Can't wait to take one for a test run!

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My wife took the logo off my control panel and got a birthday present which just arrived today: A case of pint glasses with my brewery logo on them.
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