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18 May 2015


An industrial plant is designed with different control systems in which it varies according to the equipment to be controlled. This design is a general-purpose engine control system, which handles fueled or electrically supplied small engines of industrial plant. It features a 1.0A power relay control, 2.0A relay for fuel pump control, and a lamp driver. The system is also capable of start-up/shut-down control with power sequence logic. It has independent fault protection against surges and possible fluctuations.

The design is comprised of a MC33814 engine control analog power IC, a USB to SPI dongle interface, and power conditioning circuitry. It drives the engine electrically or fueled through relays. It also drives the fuel injector that runs the equipment during fueled operation. All 5V VCC power required by the circuit is obtained from the MC33814 built-in power regulator. A 12V VBAT supply provides the power to the three internal voltage regulators. A PC communicates to this project through a USB/SPI dongle (KITUSBSPIDGLEVME) connected to the PC’s USB port. The Freescale SPIGen program provides the user interface to the MC33814 SPI port and allows the user to send commands to the IC and receive status from the IC.

This project is designed to drive several industrial engine functions, a set of screw terminals are designated for control outputs: tachometer output, lamp output, water heater output, two relay outputs, two injector outputs, and two ignition outputs. This kind of control system is very useful in machineries that are usually used in industrial plants for the convenience of the plant operators.

Industrial Small Engine Control  – [Link]

16 May 2015


sparkybg shared his universal soldering controller:

The intention was to build the most universal soldering controller I can think of. It can drive any low voltage (upto 24V) iron with thermocouple or resistive sensor, in series with the heater, or separate.
Here is a short list of features:
– power: 9-28V, AC or DC
– 2 separate heater control channels
– 2 independent sensor inputs
– current source on any sensor input 3uA – 12mA, wuth 2 bands (x1, x16) and 256 steps per band
– flexible differential amplifier input selection
– amplifier gain from 0 to 750 in 256 steps
– negative offset selection in 1024 steps
– resistive instrument identification (upto 625 different instruments can be identified by 2 resistors on the connector)
– polynomial floating point voltage/resistance to temperature calculation
– wave shaping to filter out the inductive peaks from series sensor signal
– PID control with power limit
– isolated USB port for firmware updates and live data
– 128×64 OLED display with rich user interface.

Universal soldering controller – [Link]

8 May 2015


Steve writes:

This is an WIFI-based appliance module using the ESP8266 (ESP12) and a latching relay. The appliance module is powered from the AC line using an inexpensive 5V 1AMP universal input power supply which is attached to the board. There are provisions for local control using a pushbutton switch, and there is an option for a WIFI status LED. The firmware is written in C and the appliance module is controlled using MQTT and JSON.

WIFI based appliance module using the ESP8266 and a latching relay – [Link]

5 May 2015


by rohitg.in:

Buzz..Buzzzz..buzzzzzzzz .. That is how a lone mosquito irritates you in the middle of the night trying to convince you that his lullaby is helpful. Insignificant or not, But truly that is the underlying inspiration for this project. The Mosquito repellents have this obnoxious smell that I would not like to sleep in and these loner mosquitoes who just piss me off by buzzing in the ear, you have to choose a lesser evil. Obviously, I turned ON the repellent and in a while it goes off but the smell starts building up and I am too lazy to turn it back OFF, leaving the warmed blanket on a chilly Delhi December Night. The nocturnal dilemma .

RoomMote – Control the color and sockets of your Room – [Link]

27 Apr 2015



This device is a home automation lighting solution based on the presence of a person inside the room. When a person enters or leaves the room, the circuit automatically turns the lights of a room ON and OFF respectively. It also has a memory element which eliminates undesired switching of the lights in the event of more than one person entering or leaving the room

Home Automation Lighting Control – [Link]

9 Mar 2015


2 channel Relay driver project can be controlled by feeding 2-12V trigger voltage, Very useful project for application like Micro-Controller based projects, Remote controller, Lamp on Off, and any circuits which required isolated high current and high voltage switching by applying any TTL or CMOS level voltage. Two LED works as operation indicator while in , 3 pins screw terminals to connect load and provides both normally open and normally closed switching.

Input: 12 VDC @ 84 mA
Output: Two SPDT relay
Relay specification: 5 A @ 230 VAC
Trigger level : 2 to 12 VDC
Header connector for connecting power and trigger voltage
LED on each channel indicates relay status
Power Battery Terminal (PBT) for easy relay output connection
Four mounting holes of 3.2 mm each
PCB dimensions 49 mm x 68 mm

2 Channel Relay Board – [Link]

4 Mar 2015


by Dan Meeks @ edn.com:

This Design Idea is a solid state relay (SSR) which uses a triac to switch AC loads at high current. There are plenty of simple SSR circuits available, but this may be the simplest circuit that achieves turn-on and turn-off only when the AC line voltage is near zero.

Simple SSR has zero-cross on/off switching – [Link]

27 Feb 2015


by Martin @ harizanov.com:

The WiFi SSR board project changed a bit and I use classical relays instead of SSRs now. The reason is that SSRs tend to get quite hot when switching larger loads, and the 8A relays I last used actually could be used for max 2.5A load switching with no heat sink. The high quality relays I now use allow 10A load switching and are rather quiet. I also changed the design a bit so that it would fit in a box (DIN rail compatible) for increased safety.

WiFi Thermostat with weekly scheduler – [Link]

26 Feb 2015


by CsabaP @ instructables.com:

This Instructable shows you how to build a clap activated LED strip. The whole project is based on the Adafruit’s Secret Knock Activated Drawer Lock, where the user can record a secret knock pattern which will open the lock inside the drawer. I thought that I could use this to siwtch an LED strip on and off with a handclap pattern. So let’s begin!

Clap activated LED strip – [Link]

18 Feb 2015

This evaluation board has been developed for ROHM’s H-Bridge driver customers evaluating the BD62x2FP series. The BD62x2FP series can operate across a wide range of power supply voltages (from 3V to 32V max), supporting output currents of up to 2A. PWM signal control (20 kHz-100 kHz) or VREF control modes are used to vary motor rotation speeds.  ROHM’s ICs are complete with over current protection (OCP), over voltage protection (OVP), thermal shutdown (TSD) and under voltage lock-out (UVLO) protection circuits while also facilitating a low-power consumption design (10μA max).

Rohm H-Bridge Evaluation Board – [Link]





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