I am excited about the many potential uses for the Particle platform and have been working on an industrial controls use case for the past year or two. The idea started as a way to augment the existing 70’s era electro-mechanical control systems still used in most parks with a connected monitoring solution. That way, when the “low water level” alarm went off or when a pump was called to pump, it could inform the maintenance staff thereby reducing staff labor costs and improving the reliability of the system. Here is a picture of one of these old systems with a Particle Electron based monitor.
I put a few of these in a local park over a year ago and the park staff has been very pleased. This takes me to the next step of moving from monitoring the water systems to (co-)controlling them. The idea is to use the Particle controllers for the well heads and a PLC / Particle combination for the water storage controllers. I am sharing this project for two reasons: 1) I might get some free advice and 2) This might get folks thinking about new use cases for the Boron.
Control board specs:
- Powered by 110v-240v for both the sensor board and the Boron
- Six digital line sensing inputs (110V)
- Two current sensing inputs
- One 4-20mA controller
- One 4-20mA receiver
- Two digital outputs (110V / 1.2A)
Caveat - If you build one of these, please be careful as the high-voltage parts (indicated on the board) are dangerous. OK CYA complete.
It will connect to the Boron using two 6-pin JST - SH cables (and a power connection for the Boron carrier).
I have received my boards back from OSHPark and will be assembling and testing them this week.
What do you think?