I am doing a senior design project right now and I've hit a bit of a snag. I'm a mechanical engineering student who hasn't taken controls in a while and need some refreshing. I've tried professors in the electrical engineering department but they were not interested and people in industry aren't as willing to help as I was hoping. Any help for this is not cheating or banned, this website as well as contributing members will be cited and listed under the references in my final report.
2 electric linear actuators with limit switches which just stop the rod at the determined distance (i dont believe its an actual feedback signal)
1 remote control and receiver
Means of processing signal from remote receiver and delivering it to actuators (PLC or series of relays, i would think)
What i need it to do is this:
Press button on remote (prefer remote with only one button, but will use one with 2 buttons if necessary), actuator 1 extends, then retracts. Press button again and actuator 2 extends and retracts, repeat. The actuator will have a stroke of just around 2 inches, with required force of less than one pound. It doesn't seem hard but I have minimal experience with PLCs and i just can't get everything straight with the relays. And I know pretty much nothing about remote controls.
Any help with this will appreciated. If you can refer me to particular products or part numbers I will be eternally grateful. Thanks again.