Julio Costa <email@example.com> has written a simple program in Visual Basic to help him with the counting of the turns on each of the coils.
“Rather than building an electronic counter, I’ve implemented it in software, so if one has a laptop (or any computer having a printer port) where they are winding the coils, this may be useful.
It works as follows:
The number of turns on each coil is first entered.
It displays a nice big indication of the number of turns left.
It also reads out key numbers using computer-generated speech, so one may concentrate on the task at hand.
It can also automatically stop the coil winder motor (if required) when the required number of turns are complete.
It needs a simple connection of a microswitch and resistor to the printer port (I will include the drawing for this)
One may also then add a relay or triac circuit to start and stop the motor, but this is not essential, although the output for this is provided on the printer port. I will also send the diagram for this.
If you want the program and drawings you are welcome to them, and you may share them with anyone who may be interested.”