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Nanospark: Machine Monitor

Nanospark: Machine Monitor

Our first, and very versatile commercial product was Nanospark: Machine Monitor. Ideal applications are CNC Machines, 3D Printers, Plastic production machinery, Air compressors. Below are some of the key features of this machine event monitoring tool. For more information about the Machine Monitor you can download the datasheet. Or see our product website (www.Machine-Monitor.com) which has installation instructions, application notes and the monitor for...

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Photo Monitor in Home Office

Photo Monitor in Home Office

Here’s a note from a gentleman who is using Nanospark: Photo Monitor as a security camera.

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Nanospark: Photo Monitor

Nanospark: Photo Monitor

Have the tablet take a picture in response to a switch or sensor. . .

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Nanospark (Android version)

Nanospark (Android version)

The first Nanospark controller and products were made using Apple tablets and phones- primarily the iPod touch. However, we now have taken this same solution set (tablet+hardware) into the world of Android.

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Digital Timer Switch | Universal Equipment Timer

Digital Timer Switch | Universal Equipment Timer

How can you use the scheduling feature of the Nanospark Controller app to manage the equipment in your facility?

Through the scheduling tab of the Nanospark Controller app (free on iTunes), you’re able to control when outputs turn on and off. In the demo below we’ve scheduled events for a coffee maker, a hot plate, a motor to crack the egg and an actuator for the toaster. Perhaps it’s a bit whimsical to have breakfast prepared for you while on your way to work- but imagine the real possibilities as an equipment timer.

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Industrial Automation Processes – Ice Cream Cup Lids

Industrial Automation Processes – Ice Cream Cup Lids

There are three JMP contact switches wired to digital inputs to confirm equipment and cup location. Five digital outputs trigger solenoids (through an 8-channel, 5V relay board) to actuate cylinders and a vacuum pump which place the lid on the cup, and rotary valves which move the cup through the system.

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The Intuitive Digital Timer | Nanospark

The Intuitive Digital Timer | Nanospark

There certainly are digital timers out there, so why use Nanospark in this way? Because it’s Versatile, Centralized, and Intuitive. Nanospark can act as a digital timer for up to ten different pieces of equipment; even if they run off varied voltages. And the interface to set and manage the scheduled events is simple and clear.

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Remote Access and Control via Text Messaging

Remote Access and Control via Text Messaging

Using Twilio’s global text messaging API, we’ve integrated into the Nanospark Controller app SMS communication with the Nanospark board. Using Nanospark’s remote access and control capabilities you can find out the status of sensors wired to the inputs and activate equipment connected to outputs- with a text message. A distinct advantage, therefore, is that you can communicate with your equipment anywhere you can get a phone signal.

Watch a video demo of this in action

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Color Detector – Nanospark Colour Detector App

Color Detector – Nanospark Colour Detector App

One thing we like to highlight about Nanospark is how with it we can use the features on iOS devices to work with whatever sensor or actuator is wired to the Nansopark Controller. A perfect example of this is the Colour Detector. This is an app we developed to use the camera on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad as the foundation for a low-cost vision system.

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