PID Control Experiment – Tuning the Controller

PID_FCIn the first part of this blog I described building a test apparatus that allows me to experiment with tuning a PID loop controlling a levitating pin pong ball in a tube.

This second installment is about trying different hands-on methods of tuning the loop, understanding how they are derived, and how well they perform compared to each other.

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PID Control Experiment – Making the Testing Rig

PID_FCPID (Proportional, Integral, Derivative) control is a classic control algorithm that I have used for a few projects, ending with ‘good enough’ control, without really spending time learning how to properly tune the PID constants.

Time for me to fill in the gap in my knowledge, so in this two part blog I want to capture my learning. Hopefully it is useful for someone else. In this first part I will document the learning and testing rig and software. The next part will be about tuning the control loop.

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TCS230/TCS3200 Sensor Calibration

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The TCS230 (and equivalent TCS3200) sensor can be easily purchased mounted on any number of inexpensive breakout boards, similar in design to that shown in the photo. These boards extend the package connections to header pins, and integrate LEDs for illumination of the target object. These sensors work well to recognize color but they need to be calibrated. An Arduino library for this sensor can be found at my Arduino Library site and elsewhere. Continue reading “TCS230/TCS3200 Sensor Calibration”