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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Custom Made Components

By |January 22nd, 2015|COMPONENTS & MATERIALS|0 Comments

Since I do not use a standard suspension setup from a third party supplier it is inevitable that I have some custom parts to make. I mean the hole chassis and body is a custom part, but here I am talking about the little stuff.

For example, the mount plate for the swing arm is stell and it is bolted to the alu chassis. We gaet to that later what provisons I take to prevent galvanic corrosion.

At this stage I just list the custom parts I need.

The suspension hanger with counter plate to sandwich an alu plate, which is welded […]

240 Volt System

By |January 22nd, 2015|COMPONENTS & MATERIALS|0 Comments

For the 240V system I have decided to use Victron hardware. These products seem to be amongst the most advanced on the market. I had bad experience with Xantrex (Schneider) several times and an unresponsive support. I have a few chargers and an inverter from Xantrex. They work ok as long as you keep them dry. A bit salty air and they spit the dummy. My outback 60A solar charger, which I have in the slide-on camper still runs strong and I would regret dumping it, but it simply is not up to the task of charging the Lithiums […]

Processor Selection

By |January 22nd, 2015|COMPONENTS & MATERIALS|0 Comments

I can write many pages about the selection of the central processor for my automation system. Windows is surely one of the best integrated platforms as far as software development is concerned. Ease of use, tool integration, plug and play, and I have licenses of Visual Studio and other development tools anyway. But there is a huge downside when it comes to small devices. I know C# and WPF and other tools on Windows quite well, but the overhead of the operating system makes Windows unsuitable for really small footprint solutions. Also cost is a factor for suitable boards […]

Network Components and Design

By |January 22nd, 2015|COMPONENTS & MATERIALS|0 Comments

Just a quick reference to the components I use for my Internet of Things in the van.

1. Udoo under Ubuntu (Linux) with an on board Arduino (second processor)

2. 15.6″ touch screen with LVDS interface to Udoo

3. PoKeys57E client board with integrated Ethernet for signal IO and Ethernet to server

4. PoKeys Extended bus board with 8 relays for signal switching via PoKeys57E

5. X2-Board (Arduino compatible) with integrated Ethernet for signal IO and Ethernet to server

6. Arduino UNO with Ethernet shield for local signal IO and Ethernet to server

7. Entec OpenUSB Pro DMX adapter for DMX to USB

8. DMX Controller units for […]

Internet of Things

By |January 22nd, 2015|COMPONENTS & MATERIALS|0 Comments

A new (or maybe not so new after all) term to describe the connection between any kind of control gadget in the house, car, boat or wherever it makes sense or not to connect things, gather data and control functions. An early attempt to connect at least a few components in the house are Home Automation Systems. Opening and closing shutters and curtains, switching and dimming lights, lifting or dropping screens or projectors, controlling the air on, controlling humidifiers, heating thermostats etc. Well home automation still has to go a long way because many components still don’t have a […]

Tank Level Display

By |January 22nd, 2015|COMPONENTS & MATERIALS|0 Comments

With the number of tanks installed in the van, a total of 11, of which 10 require level display one has to think a little about how to organise that effectively. The solutions I found in the vans we looked at were not really satisfactory at all and having 10 displays or at least 3 combo displays for three tanks did not appear as a good solution either. All the solutions used in vans only show 5 levels (full, 3/4,1/2,1/4, empty) or even less. With larger tanks this becomes ineffective because one cannot really trace usage very well unless […]