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Old 01-23-2006, 06:53 PM
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Re: re: HOT CHICKS using benders!!!

Good News!

A former Cal Poly student now works with Mitsubishi Electronics and will be donating a Programable Logic Controller (PLC) for me to use on this project! It is a FXo-30MR-ES/UL which has 16 inputs and 14 outputs. It should easily handle measuring and displaying the current bend angle, displaying and changing the desired angle, and bypassing flow when the desired bend angle is reached. In addition, I have devised a scheme for compensating for material springback, which this controller should allow me to implement.

The programming for this type of controller is somewhat limited when compared to a microcontroller (such as the PolyBot or PIC chip), but it is designed for industrial use and should have adequate capability for the features I am looking for.

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