Project works on breadboard but not PCB??

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  1. Tanters

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    Hi, I'm working on building a meter to essentially measure the conductivity between a set of probes. When I had the circuit setup on a breadboard it worked fine but when I tried switching the circuit onto the PCB I had designed I was unable to get the same results.

    I'm attaching pictures of the schematic and board layout used.

    - I am using and arduino UNO as the MCU. A0 and A1 on the schematic represent the analog inputs.
    - the GND's on the schematic all run to the GND of the UNO
    - P1 and P2 are the outer set of probes
    - P3 and P4 are the inner set of probes
    - the center UC2610 portion of the circuit is used for measuring current and the other UC2610 is used for measuring voltage

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. mcgyvr

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    What/how is it not working compared to before?
    Not working at all?
    Not the right output?

    Have you checked each wire/trace on your PCB and protoboard to make sure they match?
     
  3. nerdegutta

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    Are you using and SMD cap for C3?
    Are you sure PIN1 is connected to GND on the 555?

    ED: It is ....
     
  4. tracecom

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    A suggestion for the future: identify pin 1 on all IC's on the PCB. People do it differently, but here's one way (actually, it's two ways.) :)
     
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  5. Tanters

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    When it was setup on the breadboard it worked perfectly. but when I switched the parts over to the PCB P1 had no voltage supplied to it.

    I've checked over all the traces yes.
     
  6. Tanters

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    Yes C3 is a SMD.

    And ya pin 1 on the 555 was connected to ground when i had it setup on the breadboard.
     
  7. tracecom

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    I am concerned about pin 5 on the 555 being connected directly to ground. What is the purpose of that? Are you sure that pin 5 shouldn't be connected through C3 to ground as opposed to being connected to pin 2?
     
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  8. Tanters

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    Oh I see what you mean. Ill try fixing that and see if that helps thanks!
     
  9. derfisherman

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    ....and he never returned.......
     
  10. tracecom

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    Yep...I guess we'll never know.
     
  11. absf

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    Which means either he has solved the problem or he has given up..
    Just give him one more week.

    Allen
     
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