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  • rocketscream
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    Okay, now the COM port driver is installed.

    From the Arduino IDE v1.0.6, select the correct COM port under “Tools >> Serial Port >> COM5”.
    Also make sure board type under “Tools >> Board >> Arduino Duemilanove w/ ATmega328”.
    Make sure the reset jumper is inserted as previously mentioned.
    Press upload.

    Please remove your Arduino Uno board from the computer, I’m afraid you might get confused having few devices connected at the same time.

    dalpets
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    Thanks for that.
    Yes, I was forgetting to change from the Uno to the osPID in ‘Tools’
    Sorry about the superfluous contacts. I was wondering about that. The reason I was doing so was that the forums hadn’t been used for at least 6 months and in most cases years. I thought it wasn’t being monitored! Thanks again for letting me know that.

    The osPID green light blinked furiously when I uploaded the firmware & the led screen on it now seems to have configurable information for my further attention.

    Am I correct that the osPID, other than for downloading the firmware, is used in standalone mode from the power plug only?

    What is your contact time zone there? I am +91/2 here.

    rocketscream
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    Sorry about the superfluous contacts. I was wondering about that. The reason I was doing so was that the forums hadn’t been used for at least 6 months and in most cases years. I thought it wasn’t being monitored! Thanks again for letting me know that.

    We were under heavy spam attacks on the old forum software and running multiple software on the server was really a bad idea from maintenance point of view. We have since combine everything under 1 roof and spam is under control now, at least.

    Am I correct that the osPID, other than for downloading the firmware, is used in standalone mode from the power plug only?

    You can use it as a standalone unit with a power plug or with the front end software.

    I’m on a GMT+8 here, another 1.5 hours to midnight.

    dalpets
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    http://s20.postimage.org/63vvwjbo9/input_brd.jpg

    I understand this input board needs a capacitor across TC+ & TC-. Is that correct?
    Thanks

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    dalpets
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    Hopefully a decent size this time

    http://s20.postimg.org/lx27z4del/input_brd.jpg

    dalpets
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    I ask, because this is a 1.3 version board not 1.2 as mentioned in your bug doc. Or has an smd, (not a discreet capacitor) been added, to this my 1.3 brd?

    Thanks

    rocketscream
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    I ask, because this is a 1.3 version board not 1.2 as mentioned in your bug doc. Or has an smd, (not a discreet capacitor) been added, to this my 1.3 brd?

    Yours is a v1.30 board. The capacitor is already mounted together with ferrite bead and an ESD clamp diode. So, you don’t have to do anything.

    dalpets
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    I’m somewhat confused about when to use the Arduino 1.06 IDE & the osPID front end for uploading a sketch to the osPID, and the place of the related Processing software. Was 1.06 only used for installing the firmware?

    Could you comment please on when I use each of the above.

    Is the Processing language compatible with the Arduino IDE?

    Could you point me to a reflow oven sketch for the osPID to get me started?

    Thank You.

    rocketscream
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    I’m somewhat confused about when to use the Arduino 1.06 IDE & the osPID front end for uploading a sketch to the osPID, and the place of the related Processing software. Was 1.06 only used for installing the firmware?

    Arduino IDE is used only to upgrade firmware if new release is made available.
    The osPID frontend is a software that can be used with osPID for graph, visualization, input-output card configuration, PID parameters configuration, & profile loading. Some of these feature can also be accessed from the osPID unit LCD menu as well.

    Is the Processing language compatible with the Arduino IDE?

    No. Processing is used for writing software. Arduino IDE is used for writing firmware that runs on the boards.

    Could you point me to a reflow oven sketch for the osPID to get me started?

    You can load one of the ready made profile included in the frontend software. Both leaded & RoHS reflow profile are included in the example profiles. These 2 profile follows Kester branded solder paste.

    dalpets
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    Hi,

    I have got the hardware up and running but having trouble running the leaded profile. It worked once, except that when the front end graphic profile was showing a fall in temp the oven temp rose to 250C, and was still rising. Now I can’t get anything. I’m using my own SSR (25amps). Of concern also is that when the program is not running & I turn on the power to the SSR the oven heats?

    I don’t appreciate the order of things for setting up the profile, particularly the tuning aspect. Could you please help me with the logical sequence for the profile.
    setting up phase.

    Some specific questions;

    dalpets
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    Hi,

    I have got the hardware up and running but having trouble running the leaded profile. Was pretty excited and it worked once, except that when the front end graphic profile was showing a fall in temp the oven temp rose to 250C, and was still rising. Now I can’t get anything. I’m using my own SSR (25amps). Of concern also is that when the program is not running and I turn on the power to the SSR the oven heats?

    I don’t appreciate the order of things for setting up the profile, particularly the tuning aspect. Could you please help me with the logical sequence for the profile.
    setting up phase.

    Some specific questions;
    what is ‘send dash’?
    do I have to manually open & save the lead profile in notepad to run it?
    On a couple of occasions ‘set to factory default’ appeared. Does this indicate a problem?

    is there online help an/or book you can recommend with an emphasis on reflow programming that would be of help to a complete novice.

    Thanks for any help

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    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  dalpets.
    rocketscream
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    I have got the hardware up and running but having trouble running the leaded profile. Was pretty excited and it worked once, except that when the front end graphic profile was showing a fall in temp the oven temp rose to 250C, and was still rising. Now I can’t get anything. I’m using my own SSR (25amps). Of concern also is that when the program is not running and I turn on the power to the SSR the oven heats?

    I don’t think you are running the profile at the moment, the osPID default firmware has a single setpoint of 250 Degree Celsius.

    I don’t appreciate the order of things for setting up the profile, particularly the tuning aspect. Could you please help me with the logical sequence for the profile.
    setting up phase.

    Please go through the using profile onto the osPID unit section. From above, it looks quite clear the your profile is not loaded nor running. Furthermore a leaded profile goes up to 218 Degree Celsius only, going further than that, osPID will perform a ramp down.

    what is ‘send dash’?

    A sequence of command sending current dashboard values to the PC running the osPID frontend.

    do I have to manually open & save the lead profile in notepad to run it?

    No, you just need to load it through the osPID frontend software.

    On a couple of occasions ‘set to factory default’ appeared. Does this indicate a problem?

    It’s an option if you wanted to revert to default factory settings. It doesn’t suggest it is having issues.

    dalpets
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    Thanks for your reply.

    In ‘status’ the frontend indicates that the profile is loaded successfully & that the set points are running, however in the front end UI the profile finishes but the oven temperature keeps rising past 260C.

    I set to;
    the available COMM port 5
    use the thermocouple setting
    set to ‘ONboard relay’ (my 25 amp relay)
    use the available leaded profile
    send the profile to the osPID unit
    run profile

    My thermometer doesn’t relate to the set point temps.

    I don’t have any information on my K type thermocouple coefficients. Are there generic values I should be configuring?

    I would appreciate further help, please.

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    rocketscream
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    set to ‘ONboard relay’ (my 25 amp relay)

    The on-board relay mounted on the osPID card is rated 10A.
    Are you referring to an external SSR? If yes, you should select the digital output option.

    run profile

    Through the menu on the LCD of the osPID unit? Once selected, you need to select it once more and the profile will run.

    I don’t have any information on my K type thermocouple coefficients. Are there generic values I should be configuring?

    No configuration values is required for the thermocouple, everything is calculated by the chip itself. Only when thermistor is used, it is required.

    dalpets
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    changed to digital for my external SSR
    still no output (blue flat line)
    still overshooting max temp

    You said;
    “Through the menu on the LCD of the osPID unit?”

    Why the “?” Are you suggesting it can also be done thru’ the frontend?
    (I’ve been thru’ the menu but can’t see anything that looks relevant)

    You said;
    “Once selected,………….”
    Select what,I don’t understand ( I don’t see anything in the LCD menu that refers to the profile).

    You said;
    “………………. you need to select it once more and the profile will run.
    Select it where?

    Thanks again

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