Automation Update December 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. While things are going pretty well for me right now, I’ve had a really rough past few months. I think the longest I’ve gone before without posting was a couple of weeks maybe, this time it’s been more than two months.

I’ve done a little more work on my “Factory”; as you can see in the above picture I’ve got the escapements mounted. They still need some fine tuning, but as you can see they are ready to drop little balls into the boxes on the index conveyor.

I’ve also done some work on the process side. There is a lot of signal conditioning required in order to get the tank levels and flow signal done, I haven’t tested the load cells or flow transmitter yet, but I hope to get more done over the next few weeks. I just returned from Boston and Raleigh doing some ControlLogix and Siemens S7 classes for Automation Training, I also did some SLC and Micro classes here at my place for Automation NTH. They did a nice writeup on some of the things we’ve been working on here. I didn’t have any training equipment for the RSLogix 500 platform, so I made the trainers below. They are Micro 1100s and worked well for the basics.

I hope to get a fresh start on my programs and projects with the new year. Sometimes it takes a bit of a break to get motivated. On the plus side of my problems, I did manage to lose 15 pounds!


Electrical Engineer and business owner from the Nashville, Tennessee area. I also play music, Chess and Go.