My regular day job is working for an engineering company where I laser cut and fold sheet metal. The big boss of the company is rebuilding a rumbler machine to clean small parts with.
During some conversation about the rebuild the boss floated the idea of a control panel to make operating the machine fully automatic, but the idea was shot down due to the price of industrial control PLCs and having it designed and built.
I done some costings and came up with an AU$500 figure to build a control panel based on a Panda. I pitched the idea to the boss and he went for it.
So over the next few weeks I’ll post a build-log of what I am doing along with diagrams and photos of the build.