Custom Process Timers
Our standard timers have many different time cycles pre-programed. Nevertheless, our customers sometimes want something special, and we willingly accommodate these requests with custom timers. These custom timer orders have produced the interesting variations on this page. to
FIVE UNIT SELECTOR SWITCH
This timer allows the operator to select between multiple displays with a rotary selector switch. Once selected, the footpedal starts the time cycle. The timer turns on a solenoid valve for pressurized air. At the end of the cycle the valve closes and the air stops. Stack lights indicate the status of the timing.
The timer display can be split off so the same time display is in two locations. In this example, there are multiple T5 timers on a plating line, and a supervisor panel away from the plating line about 50 feet distance. The distance can be at least 1000 ft which is the longest we have tested. In the case of this timer, there are no controls at the supervisory panel, but this is just a preference.
“BIGFOOT” MOUNTING BASE
This mounting base for our T6 timer holds the timers rock-steady. This customer wanted an immovable base to mount their T6 timers on top of ovens.
Seven pound base with magnetic feet will not scoot an any surface. The magnetic feet further help to “stick” to the metal-top ovens that the base is resting on.
Youtube video of timer mounting base
TIMING IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY
A study done by Dr. Paul Virkler (Cornell University) concluded that timing in diary operations is very important for the health of the cows, and at the same time, increases milk production significantly. Several Gizmo Engineering timers were used to increase milk production.
This application is what caused Gizmo to upgrade the timer enclosures because the teat dip is an exceptionally potent wetting agent that seeps into any crevice. In addition to the upgraded enclosure (which is now our standard enclosure) a silicone seal over the push button guards against leakage. External buttons to set the time are on the inside of the enclosure. Most of the time dairies want the buzzer eliminated to provide a more peaceful environment for the cows. This timer has actually been successfully tested to IP68. (immersion to 1m)
DUAL TIMER WITH REMOTE STACK LED
This customer wanted a custom timer with a remote stack light. The base timer has two independent time displays. The operator in this application would only activate one of the time cycles at a time depending on which recipe they are using. Whichever time cycle is used, the signal is the same: both timers activate the same buzzer. Both timers illuminated the green stack LED when counting down, and then the end-of-cycle triggers the red LED.
CUSTOM TIMERS WITH REMOTE BOX
This customer wanted to communicate the status of the timing to two rooms at some distance from each other. To do this, we created a “master” T6 timer along with a connected “slave” that indicates the status in the second room. The way the customer’s operation works, the slave timer starts the time cycle, and then the “master” timer indicates to operators in the second room how much time they have to complete their task.
WIRELESS START + KEYSWITCH
This custom timer can be started or stopped with a wireless remote, or from the front panel. Also includes a relay output and a key switch to prevent operators from changing the time. The time can only be changed when the key switch is turned. We used an 8×6 inch enclosure for this one.
CUSTOM TIMER WITH RELAY AT CYCLE END
This special wiring permits the relay to energize briefly (two seconds) at the end of a countdown. (unlike the standard cycle 5 which has the relay energize during the countdown) This customer wanted to connect the relay output to an existing alarm.
PROXIMITY SWITCH WITH RECEPTACLE
A customer wanted a timer activated by an inductive proximity switch. Once the proximity switch detects any metal, the timer activates. The part of this that is custom is a receptacle on the front that energizes when the proximity switch detects a metal object. Usually we would favor a receptacle on a dangling cord but this one was a custom timer.
12 UNIT TIMER
This custom timer has 12 independent timers in a 25 x 25 inch hinged fiberglass enclosure. In addition to the enclosure, the buttons are also special. The customer wanted 30 mm panel indicators and buttons to indicate when a particular timer is timing or idle. (ordinarily we favor 22mm buttons) The operator can start and stop the time using the blue 30mm buttons. Setting different time cycles is done from buttons located inside the enclosure.
Three independent timers in one enclosure allows the operator to choose the appropriate time cycle. The cycles can be running concurrently. If any of the cycles reach the end, the buzzer and beacon activate. The appropriate button illuminates when a timing cycle is active. In addition, each time cycle can produce a relay output if needed.
Comes in a 10×8 inch waterproof enclosure.
KEY SWITCH ACTIVATED CUSTOM TIMER
- This timer was supplied to the TV show “Deadliest Catch“. They wanted a timer that only people with keys could activate. The timer operates a circulation pump to keep the crabs healthy and fresh. Once the pumping has started, the timer must not be turned off, except by the key holder. The key switch is waterproof. When the key is turned on, the timer can be started normally.
FOOT SWITCH ACTIVATED TIMER
- Timer is activated with foot switch (foot pedal) or front button. This frees the operators hand for other tasks. The foot switch is depressed momentarily to start the cycle. In this case the customer used an auto-off cycle that stops automatically, but all 12 of the cycles are available. Youtube video of this foot switch timer here.