Hey guys... first time poster here. I have never used any arduino products, but I have a couple friends who are into it. I finally have a reason to make something, however, and I wanted to run it by you all first.
I need to make a device that will serve as a quality control tester for a product I have created. The device will need to push and hold a button for 5 seconds, then wait a specific period of time (say 15 seconds) before pressing and holding the button again. This needs to be done repeatedly, and I'd like to be able to easily specify how many times to repeat this process. Each time the button is held down, I need the device to check the voltage between two contacts on the product. The results of the continuity check need to be logged to a flat file on a SD card.
I haven't done a ton of research yet, but it's looking like I should probably buy the Arduino starter kit first, then I will also need the data logging shield and a voltage sensor (will the Phidgets one be fine?), as well as a way to press the button. I'm thinking maybe a push/pull type solenoid will do the trick?
If you all have time, I'd appreciate as much detail as you could provide about how to setup this device. Links to info that will help me is also greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!