Need some help here!

Discussion in 'Programmer's Corner' started by srinath.msd, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. srinath.msd

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    Hey guys I'm pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering. Currently in the final year. The project title I've chosen is ''Set point control & signal conditioning of a load cell based system using relays".

    Now, I need help! Someone give me an idea on how to start and what is set point control exactly. I know what a set point is, but the concept of set point control is something I'm not able to grasp immediately.

    I'm okay with soldering, drilling, whatever, but I need an idea to go on. How do I implement this? I'm doing the project in a small start up company, fyi. So please guys, I appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. MikeML

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    First thing in defining a project; figure out what it is supposed to do. Then worry about coming up with a catchy name for it.
     
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  3. srinath.msd

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    haha i know that bro.. :p things work a bit differently here.. this is the title the company head gave me.. then he said "figure out how and what to do, get back to me with an idea".. i know what a load cell is, what a relay is, what set point is! the problem is i need to implement this project, and that's where i'm struggling.. really could use some help here man.. :(
     
  4. WBahn

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    You need to talk to who ever proposed the project and ask them what the goal was that they had in mind. Otherwise it's just a bunch of words strung together in a meaningless gibberish.
     
  5. shteii01

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    Time to talk to the "customer" because you need a set of requirements with numbers and set of constraints with numbers, not just empty words.

    My senior design project in Spring-Summer of 2013 was to design and build system that would remove 4-8 kW of heat, the user selects the heat load to remove in 0.5 kW increments. That's a requirement. It must work indoors in temperatures between 0-50°C. That's a requirement. We had some basic time interval in which system must respond to the changes in heat load. That's a requirement. We had size, noise, power constraints.

    You got exactly zero info about your project.
     
  6. #12

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    google, "set point control". Looks like PID to me. There is even a corporation named, "set-point control".

    Still, the boss's definition is what you have to satisfy.
     
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