Hey guys....I need your advice on making a decision.
I am trying to make an actuator to push a hydraulic clutch master cylinder and I don't want to sped over $1000 on it. I am curious if I can get accurate position control probably within the .0325" range if I use this magnetic encoder http://store.makerbot.com/magnetic-linear-encoder-v1-2-kit.html
And I want to control the position of this actuator http://www.parker.com/portal/site/PARKER/menuitem.de7b26ee6a659c147cf26710237ad1ca/?vgnextoid=fcc9b5bbec622110VgnVCM10000032a71dacRCRD&vgnextfmt=EN&vgnextdiv=&vgnextcatid=6147618&vgnextcat=COMPACT+EHA+ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC+ACTUATOR&Wtky=ACTUATORS
I am also curious if I should use a rotary encoder to send a signal for the position or should I use a potentiometer?
I want to hook it all up to the arduino so that when I pull a lever the rod moves in conjunction with how much I pull the lever, if the lever is half pulled then the rod is half extended. I want full range control of the rods position via the lever.
I am super new to the arduino stuff but I do have a basic understanding of how things work, I need your opinions before I spend $500 on the actuator.
Let me know if this will work.