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variable duty cycle dc motor timer

variable duty cycle dc motor timer

variable duty cycle dc motor timer

(OP)
Can any one help with the design of a timer that would turn on a small DC motor for 1 minute, followed by a variable 20 - 40 minute rest period, to cycle continuously.
I am fully competent in building the building side, but the maths involved escapes me.
Thanks in anticipation.

RE: variable duty cycle dc motor timer

A 555 is probably the easiest solution...

RE: variable duty cycle dc motor timer

There are off the shelf units to do so if interested, digital time delay cycle timers that have programmable on/off times and number of cycles to execute with the option of repeat indefinitely.

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RE: variable duty cycle dc motor timer

(OP)
Thanks,analogkid2digitalman .
Any pointers to who, and how much?
Alternatively, would still be interested in just the circuit diagram.

RE: variable duty cycle dc motor timer

Robert,

Check out relays from the likes of Crouzet and Omron. Their multifunction timer relays have the functionality that you seek, and they may have a specific type which is cheaper and does exactly what you want without the other features.

Expect to pay about 70GBP or so. The economics really depends how you value your time building it against the ease ofa ready-made solution. 70GBP doesn't buy much development time at commercial rates.


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RE: variable duty cycle dc motor timer

Search "Google images" using -  555  "duty cycle"

About 30 schematics.

RE: variable duty cycle dc motor timer

Macromatic TR-63xxx or TR-65xxx repeat cycle timers, about $90 from Newark

http://www.macromatic.com/literature/catalog/pdf/2....

Also came across an Amperite 12DF/FHDFA for about $55, also from Newark.

These may be overkill (handle up to 10A loads), just a suggestion if you need a minimum of hassle.

Good Luck

-Pete

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