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Best Projects using Arduino?

  1. Feb 7, 2012 #1
    Hello all,

    I really need your help Friends,
    I am having my internship in a cable factory.

    Then I must make a "control" things (for my final project) to finish my undergraduate.

    I prefer to choose Arduino as my microcontroller since it is open source and easy to be operated.

    I have observed a lot of evilgenius projects from many website.
    But still I haven't got the best that might be applied most needed in the factory.

    Anyone there have recommendation?
    I really thank you for every suggestion and comments here.
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 18, 2012 #2
    You probably need to understand the processes being used in the factory better. Once you understand what they are doing and what the problems are, a project will likely become obvious. Talk to your mentor engineer or other engineers working their about their job, the process and the problems the exist.
  4. Feb 19, 2012 #3
    Well, thank you jsgruszynski...
  5. Feb 21, 2012 #4
    Agreed - although an ANDON board would be interesting and relatively easy.
  6. Feb 22, 2012 #5
    You could make some kind of cable diagnostic tool. I admit that using an arduino designed by one person would never compete with a professional tool, but you could design some kind of hand held time domain reflectometer using the A/D, D/A or external signal generator, and the internal timers/counters. This could be used to find faults or cables that are out of specification. Your bandwidth would be very limited, but the concept would be there still as a learning project.
  7. Feb 23, 2012 #6
    Now, I am making counter using arduino, I use it to count the amount of production in the company I am working. It counts using ultrasonic sensor as the input and the output will be on 7segments and in the factory PC (means I should deal with VB).

    Is this similiar by you mean "counter/internal timer"?
    What do you mean by time domain reflectometer? any model? any links I can get to see the handheld first?

    If I want to compete with a professional tool, where I should start?

    Thank you for your very well response..

    Best Regards,
  8. Feb 23, 2012 #7
    I don't think you want to compete with a professional tool for an intern project. They can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in development, and have years of development in them from teams of engineers.

    Yes, I was referring to the timer/counter peripherals inside of the arduino (ATmega microcontroller) that you are using. You would use those to time and synchronize your measurements.

    Here is the device I was talking about:
  9. Feb 23, 2012 #8
    Oh thousand of dollars?! Oh my godness...
    I think I can upgrade my skill if I can make professional tool...
    I am too confident maybe, because I just find PROTEUS simulation software where I can reduce the cost by only making the simulation....

    It seems interesting to know about TDR since I think it will dig deeper of my knowledge on physics...
    I hope there is still more reference interesting project to increase my analysis skill...

    Danke Schon DragonPetter
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