Alarm disabling unit for production equipment

This module was built for a production equipment at my previous workplace, it made it possible for an operator to silence an alarm without resolving it. Fixing an error could take some time and having the alarm horn sound during that period was very annoying, so many operators removed the alarm relay. This was unfortunate because it was not always put back, so the next alarm situation could go unnoticed. This module would silence the alarm, but still reactive it once the situation had been resolved. Eliminating the need to remove the alarm relay. Powered by: 9-24V.

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Alarm disabling unit for production equipment with long stop warning

This module was built for a production equipment at my previous workplace, it made it possible for an operator to silence an alarm without resolving it. Fixing an error could take some time and having the alarm horn sound during that period was very annoying, so many operators removed the alarm relay. This was unfortunate because it was not always put back, so the next alarm situation could go unnoticed. This module would silence the alarm, but still reactive it once the situation had been resolved. Eliminating the need to remove the alarm relay. This production equipment was a temperature tester, keeping it running was vital for the temperature to be stable. Powered by: 9-24V.

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Emergency strobe light

The emergency strobe light consists of 33 high intensive 5 mm LEDs and control circuit. It has four sequences, and can be set on a single sequence or to cycle through every fifth second. When selecting a sequence manually it is stored in EEPROM and continues on power-up. If an external controlling unit is plugged in; the internal sequences will stop and the external unit is in control. This makes it possible to synchronize multiple units. LEDs are driven by a PWM output, module is powered by 9-24V.

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Fan and temperature controller with LCD

The module uses an LM35 sensor for measuring the temperature, it is a pre-calibrated IC with output voltage linearly-proportional to the Centigrade temperature. This is read directly by the internal AVR ADC, and turned into actual degrees with a simple calculation. The fan is powered by an PWM output, giving it variable speed. Set points for the fan and alarm can be adjusted and is saved to EEPROM.

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Home power consumption measuring unit

In Norway we have a LED in our home fuse boxes that flashes a defined number of times per kW, this unit measures the home power consumption by counting those pulses. This is calculated into kW and can be read from a computer over the serial interface. In addition to this unit you will need a sensor to read the LED, that is not covered in this project. It is important that this sensor is accurate to get precise values.

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I/O module driven by a computer parallel port

With this unit a regular computer parallel (printer) port will give you 5 inputs and 8 outputs to use for something fun. And it’s very simply to build; one transistor and one resistor per output, and a single resistor for each inputs. The parallel port is pretty easy to access in most programming languages. The module as a 36 pin centronics connector, making it easy to connect to the computer using a regular printer cable.

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LCD unit driven by a computer parallel port

This very simple module is driven purely by a computer parallel (printer) port. Almost no external components are needed; a few capacitors for voltage stabilization, a trimmer for the contrast adjustment and a resistor for the LED back-light. All communication is done directly over the parallel port data lines. The LCD is powered by an external 5 V power supply. It can’t be placed too far from the computer though since the recommended max length of a parallel cable is 15 ft.

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Light sensor with LED display

This module measures light intensity and shows it on a scale from 0 to 782 on the LED display. By multiplying that value with 5, and then divide by 127 you get the light intensity in µW/cm2. If the light intensity rises over or falls below (configurable) the set point; the output activates, with a hysteresis of +-25. The module has two outputs; a constant and a pulse. The constant output can be used to drive e.g. a relay, while the pulse can communicate with other equipment. Powered by: 9-24V.

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Lync presence (busy) light

When I am at work, I use headphones; a lot. About half the time I am listening to music, the other half I am talking with someone on Lync (Skype for Business). This has made it difficult for my collages to know whether I am available or not, so I get interrupted when I’m on the phone. I needed a way to communicate my availability, and Lync already does a pretty good job with this; it’s red when I am in a meeting, on the phone or simple do not want to be disturbed. Yellow when I’m away; I don’t think the away part is a problem, when my chair is empty I am usually away… And green: come on in! Enter the Lync presence light, or busy light if you will. Yeah there are some you can buy, but where is the fun in that? So I made one using an Arduino board.

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Mood light (RBG) with 100 mA outputs

This simple mood light controller has three PWM controlled channels; red, green and blue. Each capable of delivering 100 mA, or about five LEDs. This can easily be improved by using a more powerful transistor. I’ve used 3x3 LEDs soldered to a tiny circuit board as the light source, and placed them inside a frosted glass. A better solution would be to use a powerful RBG LED. Just remember to use another transistor if you want to use bigger LEDs.

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Mood light using 3W Prolight RGB LED

This mood light consists of a Prolight RGB 3W LED, a heat sink and four rubber feet. The four rubber feet form a base on which e.g. a glass ball, or something else transparent can be placed. It will be lit up by the LED and looks pretty cool. Powered by: 5V.

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Night light using 1W Prolight LED

I used this 1W white Prolight LED inside an old light fixture to serve as a night lights in our old basement. It emits a total of 25 lumen in 140 degrees, the light intensity is equal to a 5 to 10 Watt bulb. Low power consumption and perfect as a night light, or inside closets etc. Powered by: 5V.

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Production line stop alarm

This module was built for a production line at my previous workplace, its purpose was to serve as a single alarm system controller for an entire production line. It monitored up to eight machines, each with its own alarm timer. If an alarm was triggered; a one second signal was given with the horn. That input would then be muted, and not give any more alarm until the current alarm situation had been cleared for a minimum of seven seconds.

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Security keypad with programmable PIN

This module uses an AVR microcontroller to interface a cheap numeric keypad. The PIN code is set by the user and stored in EEPROM. If entered correctly; a one second pulse is sent on either output 1 or 2, depending on the selected mode. A tamper pin will be shorted to 0V when the module is connected. This keypad module is not itself meant to control anything, but it provides trigger signals for other control modules to act upon. It has three LEDs (green, red and alarm) which can be used to convey messages from that other control module. Powered by: 5V.

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Sound alarm controller

This simple unit controls three sound signals; beep, siren and buzzer. Each sound signal will only be given once when a new alarm is triggered, the input must remain clear for at least four seconds for that signal to rearm. A beep is given every six minutes if an alarm is active, as a reminder. The sound LED flashes when a sound alarm is active; once for signal 1 (beep), twice for signal 2 (siren) and three times for signal 3 (buzzer), this flashing pattern is repeated.

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