I have an excavator arm that is anchored down to a box to serve as its base. It currently is controlled by 4
manually operated valves that in turn move 4 pneumatic double acting cylinders. I am trying to switch the valves over to this valve which is controlled by a moving solenoid. http://www.clippard.com/store/display_details.asp?sku=MME-42QEEC-W012#
I was wondering if anyone here could point me in the right direction for tutorials/code that shows how to control the solenoid valves by using a remote control. I have the arduino uno, access to Simulink, Matlab, LabVIEW, Arduino.exe and many transistors/resistors/wires/bread boards/etc
Here are some current photos of the excavator arm and base it sits on with the valves and hoses.
Again, currently this is a purely mechanical setup driven only by changes in pressure when the operator moves the nob up and down. I want to be able to press a button or move a joystick on any type of gaming controller to tell the cylinders on the arm to move up and down. Any help is greatly appreciated. I am not receiving any monetary wealth from this project, it is purely an educational project for kids interested in building things.