Don is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He has worked on industrial robotics systems, automotive electronic modules and systems, and embedded wireless controls for small consumer appliances. He's currently developing 21st century educational products focusing on the Internet of Things for makers, engineers, technicians, and educators. He is also a Certified Electronics Technician with ETA International and a book author.
CEC participants will learn how to develop Home Automation devices using a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). In addition, CEC participants will build a Programmable Timer for Small Appliances using a PLC.
An introduction to littleBits eModules and rapid build of Home Automation concepts will be presented to CEC participants. The hands-on project discussion will be on building a Coffee Control Unit using littleBits eModules and a smartphone.
CEC participant discussion of using IoT techniques to monitor a home’s temperature and humidity using WiFi, sensors, and embedded controller. The hands-on project to be explored is a Grove Pi+ Temperature-Humidity Monitoring unit.
An introduction to Home Automation Basics and Trends will be presented to CEC participants. Setup of the Grove Pi+ shield software follow by the hands-on project discussion of the Grove Pi+ Button and Buzzer device.
In this final session, participants will learn how to build a Desktop Automation Trainer. The Arduino will be configured as a programmable input simulator to stimulate the PLC Ladder Logic code to operate a dc motor.
The intelligent industrial controller that is at the center of robotics and automation is the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). In this hands-on discussion, participants will learn PLC I/O and CPU Architecture basics. The hands-on activity will illustrate how to program and test a PLC in Ladder...
Stepper and servo motors are key electromechanical components for Motion Control products. Today, participants will explore Motion Control driver circuits by building and experimenting with basic Arduino based Stepper and Servo Motor Controllers.
Day two session will focus on driving high DC/AC current electromechanical components with low current DC driver. To illustrate this design method, participants will learn how to build a DC Motor Driver using a Power MOSFET. Power MOSFET basics including how to wire them to a dc motor will be...