Hello to all from yet another newbie, I have a diesel irrigation pump that I would like to monitor. I have done a some research and think I have at least an amateur idea of what is needed.........
Of course funds are somewhat limited being we are in a perpetual drought and the cost of diesel, ETC..
Project:: to monitor pressures (pump discharge, engine oil, fuel), temps (engine cooling/pump bearings) and engine RPM/Run time and possibly data logging for failure analyses. also possibly some discrete IO's
At this point all pump controls are not in the mix as I have already built a control panel with auto shutdown and that is working well, this pump runs for 24HRs or more at a time unsupervised and the thought has crossed my mind that there may be a better way to monitor the pump than sticking my ear to the window at 3AM..
The hardware I have in place is a Win7/64 machine and a WiFi network with several AP's for cameras and have coverage in the area that the pump is located.
I am sure I can interface the low cost input modules, temp, pres. and hall effect into my pump. So is it as simple as integrating the analog inputs to the pump connected to a processor with a WiFi Shield and programming a graphical interface in the win7 machine??
Now understand I know nothing about Arduino, but I was there in the "beginning" (The days of the Timex Sinclair) and did my share of ladder logic back in the TI PM-550 days but have not been very active in art lately, so a mentor would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Craig A Tull Papalote, TX