I need to make a simple motor control apparatus for the following application.
There is a 5 pound weight on a vertical track. When it touches a switch on the bottom, it activates a motor to pull it up off the switch just enough to clear it. The weight then stops there until other forces push it down, and the process starts all over again.
I'm sure this is super easy for anyone with a basic knowledge of stepper motors, but I am so new to this field, I barely know where to start. I would like to just buy a simple setup with the motor, control unit and the switch. Is that available anywhere? Or is there a book for people that explains the very basics of how to build a unit like this? I do know a little about the mechanics of installing a motor and a rack and pinion or a lead screw, but I don't know much about stepper motors. Hope someone can tell me where to buy the whole system alrady complete.