Hello, Engineer here looking for an alternate solution for the company that I work for, and want to know if a simple arduino could be used for our situation.
What we have are seven ASME rated tanks that we either put a vacuum or pressure into to move fluid into and out of the tanks. What we want to provide our customers with is an automated system that monitors the pressure drop in a given tank and would switch the compressor back on if the pressure drops too low while in use. The same would work for our vacuum process. Our current system uses a large programmable computer (X90) that an automation company puts together for us and programs everything including the pressure transducers. We are dealing with pressures of up to 80PSI. If the pressure drops to around 60 to 40PSI, then the system would kick the compressor on to keep flow rate consistent for the user. What I am wondering is if a simple arduino could be used instead of the large programmable computer. I hardly know anything about these devices, but would like to know if it is possible to hook up to seven of those transducers to the system.
Also, we have a valve stack manifold hooked up to the system to allow the user to create pressure/vacuum in any or all the tanks for whatever purpose they need. This is all controlled by a simple switch the user would turn that would either let them create pressure, or vacuum, or hold the pressure in the tank. So basically what this creates is a ton of wires, which is the reason why I'm asking if a arduino would work because I don't think there are enough inputs for that many wires on an arduino from what I've seen on them so far.
In the future, my company wants to take me to the automation company for me to learn their process in making this system ourselves. So I'm willing to learn programming and ask this community if this is a viable option. If you've read this far, thanks, any responses to this will be very appreciated.