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Blogs about Industrial Applications

Blogs about Industrial Applications

  • Sri Lankan Mini Hydro Generator based on a Matrix TSL MIAC PLC


    Consider the scene; a small valley in Sri Lanka. A river in the valley has been used for several years to provide power to a small hydro power station which supplies the national grid system. A part of the river flow is diverted through a channel along the side of the valley to a holding tank. The water from the tank is then fed to a turbine which generates electricity. In this article we discuss how an industrial PLC unit (MIAC) was used to control and automate a mini hydro generator on a system which has been manually operated for many years previously.


    • Flowcode I2C - Master and Slave


      In our previous DesignSpark blog article we discussed I2C and SPI busses; their practical applications, limitations and typical usages. In this article we will discuss some new Flowcode development work we are currently in the process of undertaking which will enable users to benefit from I2C slave mode.


      • Simplified Communications - I²C and SPI


        Many of today's modern sensors, actuators, display, memory and other IC's come with an external interface allowing them to be controlled from a master device. This master device could be a simple microcontroller or it could be something more advanced like a Linux based Raspberry Pi. By far the most commonly used interface buses used by these devices are I²C and SPI. Both I²C and SPI are available in Master and Slave modes with the Master controlling all operations and the Slave listening to what the Master is telling it.