Greenhouse Automation with industrial PLC Arduino. Greenhouse Controller
Control remotely the humidity, the ventilation, the CO2 level and the luminosity
M-DUINO PLC and Panel PC based on open source.
Arduino & Raspberry Pi for industrial automation projects and greenhouse control
About the customer
Our costumer was looking for an Open Source solution in order to implement all the technical specifications he wanted with unlimited options, difficult to achieve with a turnkey solution.
They decided to use the Industrial Arduino and Raspberry Pi Panel PC equipments for several reasons: the economising in expenses, the ease of wiring with screwless connector or the ability to program in several languages or using free tools such as Arduino IDE.
Working in greenhouse environment
This project allows to control remotely the humidity, the ventilation, the CO2 level and the luminosity in a greenhouse.
The data acquisition it is configured with a graphical interface programmed in a Industrial Shields Panel PC with a RaspberryPi built-in. While the control of humidity, CO2 and air is automatic, for Lights are controlled according to the time, although they can be set manually.
Project requirements for the customer
The greenhouse controller that our customer wanted to automatize required a remote control on the humidity levels, CO2, temperature and lighting of the different spaces that make up the greenhouse and a system that would alert him in case of finding any of the variables out of range.
To achieve this goal, they chose to use different communication protocols such as I2C and Ethernet, among others, and also programming tools such as Arduino IDE or Node-RED.
In order to control the entire installation, the customer has required two controller Arduino Ethernet PLCs. On one hand, the industrial controller received the data from the HVAC sensors, at the first choice, connected by an I2C bus; I2C multiplexers have also been added to cover the entire installation, at second and third choice, the installation also combines digital and analog sensors.
The customer has implemented a control system for each phase (humidity, temperature, level of CO2 and luminosity) where looking at the level of each variable from the sensors decided on the actuators (pumps, valves, ventilation, light) in a sketch made with Arduino IDE.
In the Panel PC, an MQTT broker has been configured to handle the requests and the Node-RED programming tool has been used to create the framework and manage the communications between the Ethernet PLCs and the Panel PC.
A base project to scale up
Easy to install, setup and put it to work
The customer started this project as a test with the aim of create a defined hardware and software to scale up in other installations of his property.
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