Don Wilcher

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.

August 11 - Day 4: Introduction to PLCs

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...
August 11, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

August 10 - Day 3: Understanding Stepper and Servo Motors

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.
August 10, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

August 9 - Day 2: Understanding Transistor Motor Drivers

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...
August 09, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

March 24 - Day 4: Introduction to the Cloud Server

The cloud website will be introduced in this class, with a discussion on dashboards, triggers, and IO sources. Elements on URL resources from will be demonstrated by use of a smartphone. The concepts based on this hands-on demonstration will be used in building the RPi LED...
March 24, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

March 21 - Day 1: Building a Raspberry Pi LED Flasher

Course participants will be introduced to the state of the Internet of Things with respect to microcontroller-based development platforms like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. This kickoff session will instruct attendees on building a RPi LED flasher that will serve as the experimental IoT device...
March 21, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT


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