How do I use N_electronics controller?.
If you are looking for the manual you should look here .
This controller is completely managed through a computer USB connection. From the PC program you can do everything:
- Define 4 different soldering profiles for you oven.
- Adjust and test the PID settings to have the best possible temperature regulation.
- Configure the folder where you soldering curves will be saved.
- Look the real-time temperature vs time graphs during the soldering process.
Why this controller needs a computer to work?.
Honestly our firsts prototypes for this controller had a build in LCD screen and a nice set of buttons to change the configuration of the temperature profiles, this controller could function completely stand-alone from a computer. But, after a while we decided it was much cheaper and better to get rid of all this. The reason is simple, if you want to control you soldering profiles you must see the soldering curves during soldering, and this can not be done with build-in small LCD. Also changing the configuration with some buttons on the board with lots of menus is quite…exasperating.
After a while playing with a stand alone controller we saw that we were always using it connected to the PC as the configuration and monitoring was muuuuch easier with a computer, so we decided to eliminate the in-built LCD and buttons and save quite a lot of money in the final price of the board.
Anyway if you don’t have a lot of faith on Windows controlling you soldering process, don’t worry. The controller only needs the computer as an interface. If you start the soldering process and the computer stops working this is not going to affect the controller. Once the soldering program has been started from the PC the controller can work completely stand alone.
- Operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.
- Temperature measuring accuracy: From 0-250ºC +/- 3ºC.
- Type of temperature sensor: Any thermocouple type K, but you should look for one able to survive temperatures over 250ºC as our oven work at this temperatures.
- PWM frequency: 3 Hz.