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To create a customised driver with onboard LCD screen and interface which could work flexibly in a range of peristaltic pumps.
How the project developed
We quickly decided that we needed to base the project on our ZD10 stepper motor driver and added an LCD screen and interface to this. We chose this board over the ZDSP stepper motor driver largely because of the extra power available but also because of the smoother microstepping and greater onboard memory.
Perhaps the most important challenge with this project was the ongoing ‘spec creep’ that we had as we generated ideas continuously throughout the design process. What had started out as a relatively simple stepper motor driver project became more complex as features were added and ideas generated. In some respects this is clearly an inevitable result of developing new products in a collaborative way with a customer.
A major technical challenge or this project was the development of a 2 tier control interface in order to enable calibration and setup of the pump in a range of settings. One of the key requirements for this controller was that it should enable a user to easily calibrate it by running for a set time and then inputting the weight or volume of liquid that they had dispensed. Following this the unit would then self calibrate, enabling quick dosing of set amounts. Making this work as an easy to use system involves significant work ‘behind the scenes’ and working on inputting the various formulas and calculations into the programme in a reliable and user friendly way.
At the heart of the Boxer iD driver project was a desire to create a stepper motor driver which would be able to work in a wide range of applications. By creating a driver which can work in a wide range of applications such as this it is possible to keep costs down as low as possible and also to offer a powerful range of options to customers. In order to achieve this the controller can operate in 3 separate modes:
1. Standard Run Mode -
2. Dosing Mode -
3. External 0-
This has been a challenging but ultimately rewarding and enjoyable project to work on. The technical challenges associated with delivering such a complex system in such a small package were significant but we are proud that we managed to achieve everything Boxer Pumps requested from us.
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