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How to computer control Diedrich?
Hi all

I have access to a small gas Diedrich and wondering what is involved in making it computer controlled, ie Artisan automatically adjusts the gas flow based on bean temp.

I have already done this to my Behmor but Behmor is electric not gas.

I've been thinking about a stepper motor attached to a gas valve controlled via an Arduino.
I think if you do a search, not too long back, someone posted a whole bunch of info using a TC4 and it's PWM to control a gas valve and the gas valve they used.
I think AllenB was fairly involved with it and he may have some good info on it.
Yes an Allen Bradley PLC (pun intended) is the way I would go. Probably a used SLC504 unless I wanted to network it. Use an analog gas valve, 4-20 ma I/O, and a few digital circuits as will have a bunch of PID loops to choose from and the powerful "scale with parameters" instruction...hint - write your own PI control.
Edited by oldgearhead on 12/10/2016 10:09 AM
No oil on my beans...
Yeah, I saw threads on controlling a gas value using PWM but I'm not sold on the concept. PWM for electric heaters I get but I would have thought gas valves need a proportional control like a servo motor.

I'll have a look again and see.
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