Hi, I have a small project and looking for some assistance/advice. I have a background in IT but am new to Node Red and this type of hardware.
What I am attempting to do is create a monitor/control panel for a piece of agricultural equipment, a hay baler to be exact. The control panel will be a Raspberry Pi 3 with a touch screen running Node Red. The panel will be mounted in a tractor and will display data supplied from various sensors on the baler which is to be towed behind the tractor.
I have a basic Node Red UI configured using inject nodes to simulate the sensor data. Where I'm at now is working out how to implement the sensors.
From the research I've done so far I have this:
Some kind of Wifi ADC (ESP8266) type device on the baler to transmit wirelessly to the RPI in the tractor. Looking for recommendations on which device? How reliable are the wifi connections - would wired be more reliable(cable runs could be ~10m)?
LJ8A3-2-Z/BX (inductive proximity sensor 6-36V DC LJ8A3-2-Z/BX cylinder proximity sensor) for some movement triggers - am I better off using a 5v version of the sensor?
Pressure Transducer Sensors 5V 0-1.2Mpa (generic ones found on the net 5v DC Pressure Transducer Sensor 0-1.2 MPA Oil Fuel Diesel Gas Water Air F for sale online | eBay) for the pressure sensing.
Eventually I also hope to be able to control a couple of valves on the baler, maybe using stepper motors? Also load sensor to feed weight info back to the RPI. But small steps first.
Any assistance or advice much appreciated!