First off I'm totally new to Arduino, I have zero experience in the platform. I have a project that requires a a device to be tested via repeated physical force loads and although testing equipment exist to perform this with ease, the cost is in excess of $3K for a automated motorized test stand with a load gauge and since the test needs to be repeated cycles, I'm looking at going this direction opposed to just doing hand measurements which could easily be done with handheld load gauge.
The plan is to use a load cell mounted to a linear actuator mounted in a vertical fixture. I need to apply a fixed load with a cycle count at X number of times and have the linear actuator automatically cut off at the predetermined load back off and then apply the load again up to and/or beyond a cycle count of any value. Can anyone give some advice on this, way too complex for a beginner or any tutorials of similar requirements?
I have located a linear actuator with feedback and a built in potentiometer as a start along with several load cells.