Home-shop Einsteins and Buckaroo Bonzais take note: add this deluxe temperature controller to your arsenal and you’ll never sweat creating a thermostat or temperature measuring and logging system from scratch again.
TM reader Cameron writes:
“This is my favorite device ever. It’s not a tool as such, but it can control almost anything you can think of. It’s a digital temperature controller with built in self-tuning PID loops as well as hysteresis control, hard/soft alarms, RS485 comms (an option), and two output relays. It’s rather expensive, but you can use it for multiple projects. It can take other inputs aside from temp, too, as it accepts 4-20 mA or DC volts as inputs.”
“As an example I use mine to control the temperature of my home brew setup. Overkill for sure, but I have other projects in the pipeline. I built a box to house it — it’s a panel mount device — with power outlets and thermocouple/RTD input jacks. I use the pulse width modulation option with a solid state relay to drive the heater for my beer. Seeing as it has two outputs, I could also use it to cool the beer if it were too hot, but it’s winter so I don’t need to. “
You can also connect the comm port to a computer for data logging. It’s also a standard 1/4-DIN size, so you can mount four of ’em across in a standard rack. Hell, this looks incredibly useful — for everything from brewing beer to designing your own manufacturing process.
Street pricing start around $385.