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circumventing limitations of kiln controllers

Postby hazeincornwall » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:11 am

Hi there,
My current controller ST501 is older type without pause resume facility.
need to be able to go to cooling schedule immediately glass is seen to have slumped sufficiently.

Below is my idea to circumvent current problem temporarily(until I sort either circuit board,or whole new controller)
Can anyone advise re this and circuit board versus whole new controller ?
Thank you
Posie

Controller company and kiln company said so far that
within a schedule/prog not possible to skip on etc
Was thinking of ways to use current controller until this is decided on.

Thinking to schedule slow slump program
and a schedule that just deals with the cooling ramps.(unsure if possible)
(It's possible to halt a program during firing)

Could use slow slump prog;watch
If necessary halt and start with cooling ramps.
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Re: circumventing limitations of kiln controllers

Postby bertglass » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:27 am

Can you quit, and reprogram to start at the next segment?
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Re: circumventing limitations of kiln controllers

Postby hazeincornwall » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:09 pm

Hi Bert,
Definitely unable to halt and restart in next segment;if only.

The only way would be as described previously,halt;exit entire program
and then start in a cooling program.

Am thinking long and hard before trying this...cos kiln is brilliant..and also controller despite it's shortcomings.
Don't want to cause problems.

Am getting on with other things
and think shall bite the bullet and buy the more versatile ST501A Stafford instruments,via the Kiln company that made this kiln for obvious reasons.

Posie
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Re: circumventing limitations of kiln controllers

Postby bertglass » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:24 am

Hazel

You understand your instrument. So your choices are as you know, end program, reprogram and restart. Or, buy a new controller. You will love the new one, should you spend the money.

The reprogram option is OK until you make a mistake, which isn't hard to imagine making.
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