Hello, today I discovered a whole new world "Arduino" :) I'd never heard of it before but am now determined to get to grips with it and incorporate it into my level 3 end of year engineering project. I'm not electronically minded but I need to understand the basics in order to complete my project. ANY help will be greatly appreciated.
The project: Vacuum pump capable of lifting around 300kg sheet metal, mainly aluminium. The Arduino is my best option in terms of creating the brain that will link the LED lights between a 12v battery and pressure gauge.
I need the:
Red light to come on when its not safe to lift Green light to come on when it is safe to lift (at a certain pressure) Amber light to come on when the battery is below a certain voltage, indicating a recharge
I understand that i'll need sensors but other than being able to source pretty much everything else I haven't a clue about coding or what parts/pieces I even need.
I can imagine this is a laughable project to those experienced users but please help me, with a serious IDIOTS guide. From the research ive managed to do today i havent found much about vacuum gauges or low voltage. Any links or previous forum post that you think will help, please advise me. Any response is a bonus right now :)