I’m looking for some guidance regarding Arduino.
We have a machine at work which my boss wants to “automate” ourselves.
Its a cutting machine with two bandsaws, one at each end and you can manually adjust the lenght of the piece you are cutting by turning a crank.
The automation part would involve a motor turning the crank for us, but he wants it all to be done through a PC locally and/or via LAN.
Basically I input a number on my PC (via some sort of GUI) and the motor would turn an “x” amount of times to reach the desired lenght.
For example: I input 50 and the motor turns 5 times, I input 55 and the motor turns 5 and a half times etc.
Since I’m new to this I was wondering if an arduino board would help us achieve this, and if so, what exactly would we need (which board, software etc.) My boss initially sugested a PLC for this but I think it would be overkill for what would seem like a simple job.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.