I'm involved in a team that is controlling an AA10VG axial piston variable pump using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B V1.2. I've been delegated to design the circuit which will control the pump's displacement, but I simply don't understand electrical engineering enough to do so.
We already have a separate 12V power supply which will control various other components of the design as well as a PSU for the RPi. We have an MCP4725 DAC for converting the desired displacement control from digital to an analog signal, but here is where the problem arises: actually controlling the pump.
The pump displacement is varied according to the current of the 12V supply (from 400 mA to 1115 mA). The DAC has a voltage output of 5V with a current of 25 mA. We need to find a way to make the DAC reliably control the pump displacement, but I'm at a loss for how to do so.
I assume that we'll need some sort of current amplifier which can be controlled by the 5V output's current but powered by the 12V supply. I have looked into multiple op-amps and six or seven questions on this site alone, but all of these relate to either constant voltage throughout the system, current-agnostic systems, or are unrelated in some other way.
If this is feasible, please provide details on the symbols in your circuit diagram as I am new to this.
Disclaimer: I am a computer science student whose team's electrical engineering student has entirely failed to assist in any way, and I've been picked to fix it because I'm the closest to it. Please be patient with my ultimately limited understanding.