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Multi Valve Liquid Filling Station

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by mcasey, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. mcasey

    mcasey

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    I would like to build a liquid filling station that operates like this:

    Master switch should open all valves when tuned on.
    Momentary switches should turn only open one valve when pressed.

    Idea is to fill 6 jugs with liquid to almost full level. Then use the momentary switches to "top off" individual jugs to precise level.

    Can this be accomplished using simple switches? How would I wire this up? Multi Port Fill Station.png
     
  2. dave9

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    Yes, wire the grounds of all solenoid valves together and to the PSU ground.

    Next run PSU positive to the master switch then through a wire and a diode in series to each of the valves positive contact, a separate wire and series diode for each solenoid. The diode anode facing the PSU side and the diode cathode facing the solenoid side. The diodes will keep the power from back feeding when the momentary switches are used instead.

    You will need to make sure the resultant voltage drop after a diode is still enough to operate the solenoid, but odds are high it is and you could pick a schottky diode for a lower forward voltage drop instead of silicone diode if the voltage is low enough that a schottky is available/affordable in the needed capacity. Depending on how much current the solenoids use, you might also need to heatsink the diodes.

    Next run PSU positive to each momentary switch and then from the momentary switch to its individual solenoid.
     
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  3. mcasey

    mcasey

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    Perfect! Thank you!
     
  4. mcasey

    mcasey

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    Solenoid spec:
    12V320 mA
     
  5. dave9

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    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
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