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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Using Arduino to control greenhouse cover motor on a schedule/timer on: May 03, 2012, 04:55:29 pm
Yes, I was planning on using some distance sensors until the door reaches a certain value in each to direction to stop/retract
2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Using Arduino to control greenhouse cover motor on a schedule/timer on: May 02, 2012, 11:26:23 pm
awesome, thats what I needed to know so I could order the parts and be sure they would work. Any recommendations on models for arduino and high-current motor shields??
What you proposed will totally work and you can also use the time library I believe to compare current time with a given time (when the panels open/close) to decide what action to take.I suggest you start small with just the arduino and a couple of LEDs to indicate what the panel is doing so you can get the logic right before you hook it up to the real motor shield and motor smiley
3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Using Arduino to control greenhouse cover motor on a schedule/timer on: May 02, 2012, 11:09:30 pm
thanks for the reply. using the realtime clock in conjunction with an arduino & high current controller, what I had proposed would theoretically work? I have never programmed an arduino but I am a fast learner.
4  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Using Arduino to control greenhouse cover motor on a schedule/timer on: May 02, 2012, 10:19:14 pm
My project is to use an Arduino and a high current motor shield to control a motor in our greenhouse. It seems simple enough to write a program that activates the motor at a certain preset time in one direction and then activate the motor in the opposite direction at another preset time. I have never used an arduino before but have lots of electrical experience and understand important electrical concepts.

What we are trying to do: We have panels on our greenhouse roof that need to be opened and closed at a certain time of day. The motor we will use uses is a 6RPM 12V @ 13A that can handle 450ft-lb torque (800 stall) We need to program the arduino to activate at a certain time to open the panels in one direction for a set amount of time then the same to close in the opposite direction.

What do y'all think about doing something like this? Or how easy would it be?

Thanks!!!  smiley-lol
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