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Semi Automated Machine
||SAM 16 is the replacement for SAM 1
Threads the 3/8" elements 3/8-24
SAM 1 is still working and will be kept
Why replace a working machine ?
|This is the counting board for setting the number of threads.
Uses two 4017 counting IC's and an "and" gate.
||This is the clamping mechanism for holding the element
Recognize the crimp tool for RG 6 ?
With a little modification it is easy to attach an air
The clamp is closed using just one electric air valve and one air line.
Close up of the crimping tool.
The first Die had to be replaced at
4/23/07 5,561 Elements Threaded
Update 6/15/10 Counter now reads 28,869
||Under the Hood.
The PIC PC Board, relays for the motor, air control valves.
|A little info on the PIC 16F876 PC Board including a photo of the board.|
||This is the heart of the machine, the head of a small drill press.
The pulley was ground into a cam so the micro switch mounted
just above the pulley can send a signal the PIC to count the revolutions.
The belt goes down to a big 90 volt DC Motor that I am running at 22 Volts.
Note the air cylinder on the bottom, it pushes the die on to the element
After the motor reverses for the same number of turns as the number of threads.
I won't bore you with all the steps this machine goes
|On the back of the machine is an air shut off valve, an air filter,
inline oiler to help keep the air cylinders lubricated for longer life,
air regulator set at 30 psi for the cylinder above.
The lid on top of the machine is a piece of 3/8" Plexiglas, it extends