June 17, 2014

An Arduino-powered Reflow Oven Controller

There are many reflow ovens on the market, all of which are quite a temptation to the surface-mount soldering enthusiast. However some may have good heating hardware but terrible controllers, so more enthusiasts are taking things one step further and making their own controller for the oven. This has been demonstrated very well by Karl Pitrich based on work by Ed Simmons - whose controller is user-friendly and quite detailed. 

Unlike other designs that rely on a hodge-podge of modules and breakout boards, Karl has provided design files for a mains-rated PCB that keeps the controller neat and much safer than usual home-made efforts, while still being able to control loads of up to 600V at 8A. Finally the user interface is well done and uses an inexpensive display as shown below:

For complete details including the sketch, schematics and PCB files, visit Karl's gitub page. And for more, we're on facebooktwitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Looking for a small yet useful OLED display for your Arduino (or Raspberry Pi)? You can get a lot more detail with an OLED - such as our 128x128 pixel OLED Module. With a diagonal size of 1.5" and 16,384 colours to select from, so almost anything is possible. Furthermore there's a microSD card socket, and removable tabs on each side which can hold LEDs and buttons:


And using the module is made simple - we have tutorials and drivers for both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms - great for experimenters or those who use both systems. Furthermore, check out the forum where members are already creating modified drivers to rapidly increase the display speed. For more information including our Quickstart guides - and of course to order - visit the OLED Module product page.

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