I just got 2 transformer TIG welding machines which got a broken control
board. I love the transformer type because they run more stable in
countries with unstable voltages. And I feel pitty to dump those
transformers since they are still in good shape.
Though I am neither an electrician nor an electronic expert I could
check diodes, condensators and thyristors of those unit and they are all
Also the transformator works as it should.
High voltage for iginition is also still doing its job.
But the main controlboard seems to be totally broken.
Anyhow it is far to old to be fixed. There are 5 LM324 on and some other
ICs besides the passive elements. The supplier does no longer deliver
spare parts for this type. Since all the wiring (200 Ampere) is done
nicely and in good shape, and I still find proper diodes and thyristors,
I kind of dislike to use the new technology (MosFET).
I attached my first approach to this project, still need to learn more
about single chip microcontrollers. But in order to not waste too much
time being on a complete wrong track I would really appreciate some
contributing ideas and remarks.
You see the transformer (28V 200 Ampere and 2x 24V, 1A) which I will
just use for welding up to 160Ampere, and the existing diodes and two
thyristors, the resistor of 0.001 Ohm and a throttle which avoids that
high voltage during ignition will damage the diodes and thyristors.
I added some PUT to control the thyristors since I could not find any
optocopplers with 250mA 400mW output.
My may concern is the measurement of running current using the shunt of
0.001 Ohm. Maximum voltage expected there should be 0,16V in case of 160
Is it possible to measure the voltage (difference) directly with an
Arduino one? If anyone may give a hint how this could be measured best
it will safe me a lot of time.
Thanks in advance