Hi, searching the web I came across Arduino and wondered if it is the right product for what I'm trying to do. I have been reading old posts on the forum and have learned some things but none specific to what I need to do. I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, I did not really see any place that seemed like a better fit.
I want to fill a 1 gallon jug with 2lbs of sugar and wondered if Arduino can turn the sugar feeder on and then off after 2 lbs has been put in the jug. The feeder will be a homemade item with an auger and an electric motor to turn it. There will be 2000lbs of sugar in the hopper. I thought about a timed run of the auger to deliver the right amount of sugar or a scale that outputs the weight to something (Arduino?) to shut off the auger. After that I need to fill the jug with water. Same idea here for how to stop the water. I did see flow meters mentiond at Seeed Studio. Can they be programmed after a certain amount of water has flowed by, ie: 1 gallon? I've also seen light sensors that shut the flow of water off, but I'm using an opaque white jug and the sensors were used with clear glass.
Currently this is all done with hand measuring devices and I'd really like to get to some level of automation if you can call it that. Also I'd like to think this would make this a much more repeatable and reliable system.
Am I looking in the wrong place thinking Arduino can control this? Is it a good application? Is there another option? I'm not looking to invest tons of cash but willing to spend up to $1000 on the Arduino end of it, if I can get a robust and reliable system. I have a friend who can program C code too. Thanks for any and all advice or suggestions. Again if this is in the wrong place please move it to where it should go. Steve