Hello, although I have a basic understanding of electronics I am new to arduino, practical use of sensors and circuit design. I am undertaking a project that is mostly mechanical engineering/design based to create a retractable access system for large mining vehicles. This is likely to use a electronic actuator to rotate a set of steps that gives the driver access/egress to these vehicles. In the interest of safety I am looking design and install a control/safety system that will make use of ultrasonic proximity sensors to ensure the steps do now lower onto any foreign objects.
A colleague told me about arduino and it seems it would be ideal to help me design the circuit, and write the program to control the system. I also have access to an account with RS components to buy the items I need so was wanting to ask/check that my shopping list was on the right lines.
arduino board and starter kit : http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/interface-development-kits/7154097/ US transducers / receiver : http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/ultrasonic-proximity-sensors/2370799/ temperature sensor : http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/temperature-humidity-sensors/3683923/
So really I am asking if these products:
1) Will work together so I can build a whole working prototype control system to measure the distance and cut off supply to an actuator should any foreign objects come too close? 2) Use the temperature sensor to increase the accuracy of distance calculations as the final product will need to work between -20 to + 50 Celsius? 3) Give me everything I need to wire it together? ( is the starter kit the best product for this?)