In what languages SmartPID documentation will be available?
Up to now the only language is English, managing translation in different languages of all materials is very time consuming hope you understand and if something is not clear please write us we spoke Italian and English
Is there any user manual or installation manual available ?
We are working to prepare both manuals, they will be downloadable very soon in the download area
To see how smartPID works we suggest to see some video tutorial on the youtube channels that illustrate SW working via a SIMULATOR
Does SmartPID support gas fired brewing systems?
Yes in the HW setup you have to chose the gas fired option and this will move the control algorithm to ON/OFF with hysteresis
In current version a motorized gas valve is not supported
May I connect directly to smartPID the recirculating pump?
Yes you can connect a 12V recirculating pump like solar project or topsflow pump unless the absorption is less than 1A
Is stirrer/mixer for mashing supported instead of recirculating pump ?
Yes no problem you can connected the stirrer motor via one of the two mechanical relay and mange as a “pump”
What type of brewing process are supported by SmartPID brewing app?
Basically any process with one vessel set up (BIAB/RIMS) and two vessels (MASH +HLT)
What are main brewing automation features provided by SmartPID homebrewing app?
Please read this post in the blog section
How Much SmartPID will cost?
This is a common question and we understand that the price point is very important for the project success. SmartPID is mainly a consumer device (even if has more features than a professional controller) so we try to get the price accessible to DIY enthusiast and makers
We are working with manufacturer to close all contracts and define a production unitary cost and so a target price to cover it and all other fixed development costs. Main difficulties is related to volume forecast, electronic components benefit volume discount so the more the project is a success the lower is the cost.
If you want to benefit launching promo discount register the newsletter on web site and FB page and you will receive a special early bird offer
Is SmartPID certified (CE or FCC)?
This is one of the final task we are running, we are committing test to certification authority to get CE and FCC marking
Will SmartPID be available in my country ?
We are working with a direct sale and online shopping cart model so potentially SmartPID can be purchased in any country
May I pre-order smartPID or buy a prototype for beta testing?
Limited small batch of prototypes will be available soon for testing and pre order, register site news letter and contact directly to candidate
Is SmartPID ready available to buy ?
Project is in an advanced phase (see project timeline on the homepage) but still some critical activities must be performed to have first batch of controller available.
We are committed to do the best in the shortest time with a plan to be ready end of 2016
How can I insert the SSID network name and password in the smartPID box to connect to wifi?
The user experience will be very simple. Just connect smartPID point to point to your smartphone, open the dedicated app or browser, select your home wifi network and insert your PWD. Data are stored in SmartPID and at next boot the box connect to your router and internet
Is possible to integrate SmartPID in other services (like IFTTT)?
For development purpose we select thingspeak service for integration. When private dedicated server we will evaluate also integration with other web service like IFTTT
Is the smartphone dedicated application available for IOS and Windows phone?
Currently not, app is just for android, we are working to the porting
Is there any dedicated smartphone app available ?
Yes there is a dedicated smartphone app developed for android to manage all the data log and visualization . App connects to the server and using an encrypted key retrieve the data logged and stored by SmartPID
Is MQTT protocol supported ?
Currently SmartPID uses simple JSON/Rest api of thingspeak service. We are evaluating also MQTT support
What kind of protocol is used to upload LOG data to the server?
Currently SmartPID uses commercial service provided by thingspeak for data log/analysis/visualization. The data are pushed to the server using JSON/rest API provided by thingspeak
In the roadmap a dedicated private label server with same capabilities will be deployed
What does it means that SmartPID is Arduino compatible ?
SmartPID has an HW and SW architecture based on SAMD21G processor that is the same as Arduino Zero board (32bit ARM cortex M0+). Dedicated bootloader and board definition allow SmartPID to be seen as an Arduino Zero board and programmed trough the ARM core with the Arduino IDE
What new applications are in roadmap?
The next two applications in roadmap are the charcoal BBQ temperature control and smart food dehydrator
SmartPID has fermentation profile capabilities ?
Current version the temperature control is static and no profile over time are implemented. Having the remote control via wifi and smartphone you can easily adapt the set point whenever you want.
Profile management for fermentation is in roadmpa
May I control fermentation chamber with SmartPID?
Sure with the basic application you can chose control mode= thermostatic and the controller can drive an heating element as well a fridge to keep temperature constant
what is the difference between basic application and vertical application (homebrewing, bbq..)?
the basic application provides smart temperature controller with all features and functions reported on the web site.
The vertical application like the beer brewing application mange a process automation, execute specific workflow and tasks and off course has all the features of basic application
What are main SmartPID data LOG capabilities?
smartPID has an internal 8Mbit flash eeprom where all process data are stored . It’s possible to download the data via windows PC application trough USB port and convert in CSV. It’s possible to push data in real time to Thingspeak server. Once stored on the server data can be analysed and visualized on the web or smartphne app
Does SmartPID support 110V AC power supply?
Yes SmartPID has an internal switching power supply that support either 220AC and 110AC voltage
Is possible to upgrade smartPID FW ?
Yes for sure, FW upgrade is a must either for new application load or bug correction
A special bootloader has been developed called USB Mass Storage Device (MSD) bootloader so the SmartPID connected to USB is seen as a memory stick and the executable file can be copied in the root directory
Is PID autotune algorithm supported ?
Currently the KpKiKd constant for each channel must be set for each equipment and integration setup. Pid autotune implementation is in feasibility study
Is delay start for fridge compressor supported ?
In current SW version od the basic application is not implemented but is part of the development roadmap
SmartPID can drive peltier cells (TEC moudule)
Unless using on/off control algorithm and mechanical realy is not possible to drive directly and in thermostatic way the TEC module. Since the HW platform is modular we are thining to replace the back panel and add an H-bridge an power option to drive cells
Are thermocouple sensors supported ?
It’s not possible to connect directly a thermocouple for high temperature application but with a simple and cheap external circuit is possible to interface the thermocouple with one wire bus
What type of temperature sensor probe are supported?
SmartPID support either NTC and digital sensor on one-wire bus (DS18B20).