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2 DOF Ball Balancer

Vision-based experiment for teaching

The 2 DOF Ball Balancer consists of a plate on which a ball can be placed and is free to move. By mounting the plate on a two degree of freedom gimbal, the plate is allowed swivel about any direction. The overhead camera is used with a vision system to measure the position of the ball. The experiment is a vision-based control experiment designed to teach intermediate to advanced control concepts. You can use it to demonstrate real-world control challenges encountered in vision-based motion platforms, such as pan-tilt cameras.

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2 DOF Helicopter

Gain hands-on experience and learn introductory concepts of flight dynamics and control

The 2 DOF Helicopter consists of a helicopter model mounted on a fixed base with two propellers that are driven by DC motors. The front propeller controls the elevation of the helicopter nose about the pitch axis and the back propeller controls the side to side motions of the helicopter about the yaw axis. The pitch and yaw angles are measured using high-resolution encoders. The pitch encoder and motor signals are transmitted via a slipring. This eliminates the possibility of wires tangling on the yaw axis and allows the yaw angle to rotate freely about 360 degrees. The experiment provides an economical test bed to understand and develop control laws for vehicles with dynamics representative of a tethered rigid body helicopter, spacecraft or underwater vehicle.

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2 DOF Inverted Pendulum/Gantry

Introduce advanced principles of robotics

The 2 DOF Inverted Pendulum/Gantry is ideal to introduce students to more advanced robotics concepts. Mounted on the 2 DOF Robot, the setup is reconfigurable for two experiments: the 2 DOF Inverted Pendulum and the 2 DOF Gantry. Students will learn concepts for aerospace engineering applications, such as rocket stabilization, while designing a controller that maintains the pendulum upright using the two servo motors. A few real-world applications of the gantry problem include, for example, a crane lifting and moving a heavy payload, or a pick-and-place gantry robot of an assembly line.

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2 DOF Robot

Introduce fundamental principles of robotics

The 2 DOF Robot is a 2-DOF “pantograph” type robot. The goal, typically, is to manipulate the X-Y position of a 4-bar linkage end effector. The system is planar and has 2 actuated and 3 unactuated revolute joints. Two servo motors mounted at a fixed distance control two arms coupled via two nonpowered two-link arms. Such a system is similar to the kinematic problems encountered in the control of larger 6-DOF robots including singularities. The experiment is ideal to introduce students to the fundamental and intermediate principles of robotics. You can use it to demonstrate real-world control challenges, such as pick-and-place robots used in manufacturing lines.

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2 DOF Serial Flexible Joint

The 2 DOF Serial Flexible Joint Robot consists of two DC motors driving harmonic gearboxes (zero backlash) and a two-bar serial linkage. Both links are rigid. The primary link is coupled to the first drive by means of a flexible joint. It carries at its end the second harmonic drive which is coupled to the second rigid link via another flexible joint. Both motors and both flexible joints are instrumented with quadrature optical encoders. Each flexible joint uses two springs that can be changed. A thumbscrew mechanism is available to move each spring end to different anchor points along its support bars, as desired.
The described robotic mechanism emulates torsional compliance and joint flexibility, which are common characteristics in mechanical systems such as high-gear-ratio harmonic drives and lightweight transmission shafts.

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2 DOF Serial Flexible Link

The 2 DOF Serial Flexible Link consists of two DC motors driving via harmonic gearboxes (zero backlash) a two-bar serial linkage. Both links are flexible and instrumented with strain gauges. The primary link is rigidly clamped to the first drive and carries at its end the second harmonic drive to which another flexible link is attached. Both motors are instrumented with quadrature optical encoders. Each flexible link is equipped with one strain gauge sensor which is located at the clamped end of the link. The described robotic mechanism emulates torsional compliance and serial linkage flexibility, which are common
characteristics in mechanical systems such as robot arms. This system is similar in nature to the control problems encountered in large light space structures where the weight constraints result in flexible structures that must be controlled using feedback techniques.

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3 DOF Crane

Teach students about the real-life control challenges involved in operating a tower crane

The 3 DOF Crane is a compact version of a tower crane. Like an actual crane it has three degrees of freedom: the tower can rotate in both directions, the trolley can move back-and-forth along the horizontal member, and the height of the payload can be changed. Commonly used to build structures, tower cranes are designed to lift and move heavy objects over large distances safely. Operating them requires training and skills. The experiment replicates much of the functionality of an actual tower crane and can be used to understand the dynamics and control challenges involved in everyday crane operations. For instance, the challenge of minimizing the motions of the load being carried introduces a great control problem for students.

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3 DOF Gyroscope

The 3 DOF Gyroscope consists of a disk/rotor mounted inside an inner blue gimbal which in turn is mounted inside an outer red gimbal. This entire structure is supported by a rectangular silver frame. All these frames are free to rotate about their rotation axes where slip rings are placed to provide infinite continuous motion in each direction. This setup results in three degrees of freedom for the rotor. Each frame can be actuated about its rotation axis through the mounted motors. The disk itself can also be actuated about its spin axis using a separate motor. Digital position measurement on each of these motors is
performed using high resolution optical encoders resulting in a total of 4 motors and 4 encoders for this system. The principles demonstrated by the 3 DOF Gyroscope are relevant in technologies used to control orientation in sea, air and space vehicles. Extensive applications of the 3 DOF Gyroscope include altitude control, momentum wheel control, navigation, satellite orientation and auto-pilot systems. Furthermore, gyroscopic sensors are now found in a wide range of technical devices such as smart phones, tablets, video game controllers, and so on. Your students can cultivate a deep understanding of control theories through real-life applications.

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3 DOF Helicopter

Advanced flight dynamics concepts by extending control to three axes (travel, yaw and pitch)

The 3 DOF Helicopter is composed of a model helicopter body, a metal base, and an aluminum frame. The helicopter has two propellers mounted in parallel to each and are actuated by DC motors – similarly to Tandem dual rotor helicopters. It can be used to understand and develop control laws for a vehicle that has dynamics representative of a dual rotor rigid body helicopter, or any device with similar dynamics.

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3 DOF Hover

Flight dynamics and control of vertical lift-off vehicles

The 3 DOF Hover experiment consists of a planar round frame with four propellers. The frame is mounted on a three degrees of freedom pivot joint that enables the body to rotate about the roll, pitch and yaw axes. The propellers are driven by four DC motors that are mounted at the vertices of the frame. The propellers generate a lift force that can be used to directly control the pitch and roll angles. The total torque generated by the propeller motors causes the body to move about the yaw axis. Two of the propellers are counter-rotating, so that the total torque in the system is balanced when the thrust of the four
propellers is approximately equal.

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Active Mass Damper

Control vibrations in tall structures

The Active Mass Damper is a bench-scale model to emulate a buildung controlled by an Active Mass Damper. The experiment consists of a single- or two-story building-like structure on top of which a linear cart is driven by a rack and pinion mechanism. The top floor is instrumented with an accelerometer to measure the acceleration of the “roof” relative to the ground. The experiment can be used in earthquake mitigation studies and to investigate Control-Structure Interaction. It is conceptually similar to active mass dampers used to surpress vibrations in tall structures (e.g. high-rise buildings) and to protect not only against earthquakes but also, for example, strong winds (e.g. hurricanes).

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Active Suspension

The Active suspension is a bench-scale model to emulate a quarter-car model controlled by an Actice Susoension mechanism. The experiment consists of three plates on top of each other. The top floor resembles the vehicle body and is suspended over the middle plate with two springs. A capstan drive high quality DC motor is also standing between the top and the middle plates to emulate an active suspension mechanism. The top floor is instrumented with an accelerometer to measure the acceleration of the vehicle body relative to the plant ground. The midlle plate is in contact with the bottom plate, i.e. road, through a spring and constitutes the tire in the quarter-car model.Active suspension technology is used in the automotive industry to continuously control the vertical movement of the vehicle wheel using an actively-controlled actuator placed on the suspension axis. Similar technologies have also been used in train bogies to improve the curving behavior of the train and the decreased acceleration perceived by the passenger.

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Analog Electronics Labs

Bring Excitement and Relevance to Analog Circuit Design

AELabs take students beyond the breadboard. It gives them hands-on experience with complex analog circuits which could not practically be built from scratch in a lab setting. More than that it puts control of those circuits in a graphical interface setting, allowing students to interact directly with the circuit schematics. Analog circuits, including semiconductors, amplifiers, and filters remain central to the operation of all electronic systems. Even in our current engineering climate of overwhelmingly digital solutions, analog circuits are still relevant. Quanser, together with Illuster Technologies have created a comprehensive lab that teaches the fundamentals and importance of analog electronics. With AELabs, students can configure, observe, and experiment with complex analog circuits such as MOSFET amplifiers.

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AMPAQ-L2 Amplifier

Linear Current Amplifier

The AMPAQ-L2 is a high-bandwidth, linear current amplifier including two analog outputs. The amplifier is ideal for mechatronic systems requiring responsive current control, such as haptics or robotics platforms, or other complex controls configurations often used for teaching and research.

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AMPAQ-L4 Amplifier

Linear Current Amplifier

The AMPAQ-L4 is a high-bandwidth, linear current amplifier including four analog outputs. The amplifier is ideal for mechatronic systems requiring responsive current control, such as haptics or robotics platforms, or other complex controls configurations often used for teaching and research.

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AMPAQ-PWM Amplifier

The Quanser AMPAQ-PWM is a pulse width modulated (PWM) current amplifier designed to drive high-powered systems. It is a single channel amplifier, meaning it can power a single
load.

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Ball and Beam

Introduce unstable closed loop system control concepts

The Ball and Beam consists of a track on which the metal ball is free to roll. The track is fitted with a linear transducer to measure the position of the ball, i.e., it outputs a voltage signal proportional to the position of the ball. One side of the beam is attached to a lever arm that can be coupled to the load gear of the rotary servo base unit. By controlling the position of the servo, the beam angle can be adjusted to balance the ball to a desired position. The experiment effectively demonstrates a real-life application of PD control and how it relates to stabilizing a ball on a track. It’s useful in teaching basic control principles related to real-life challenges such as aircraft roll control.

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Coupled Tanks

Re-configurable process control experiment that enables students to perform a wide array of modeling and control-related laboratories

The Coupled Tanks plant is a “Two-Tank” module consisting of a pump with a water basin and two tanks. The two tanks are mounted on the front plate such that flow from the first (i.e. upper) tank can flow, through an outlet orifice located at the bottom of the tank, into the second (i.e. lower) tank. Flow from the second tank flows into the main water reservoir. The pump thrusts water vertically to two quick-connect orifices “Out1” and “Out2”. The two system variables are directly measured on the Coupled-Tank rig by pressure sensors and available for feedback. They are namely the water levels in tanks 1 and 2. The experiment is a re-configurable process control experiment that enables students to perform a wide array of modeling and control-related laboratories. Liquid level control is common in many industries, such as pulp and paper mills, petro-chemical plants, and water treatment facilities.

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Gyro/Stable Platform

Introduce rotational dynamics concepts

The Gyro/Stable Platform consists of a rotating disk mounted inside a frame. It is actuated about its center through a DC motor. An internal frame holds the rotating disk and is attached to an external frame through two shafts at both ends. A gear mechanism is connected between one of these end shafts and an encoder measures the angle of the blue frame as it rotates about the shafts. The experiment is ideal to introduce rotational dynamics principles. You can use it to demonstrate real-world control challenges such as those encountered in control and guidance of sea vessels, aircraft and submarines or in satellite navigation.

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HD² High Definition Haptic Device

The HD2 enables researchers to interact with virtual or remote environments using programmable force feedback. Compared to other commercially available haptic devices, HD2 has a large workspace and very low intervening dynamics. This parallel mechanism is highly back-drivable with negligible friction. The heavyduty capstan drive and high performance motors within the device reduces the perceived inertia while maintaining rigidity of the device structure. Its applications potential spans from space and undersea expeditions to advanced teleoperation platforms where dexterity and precision is essential. Robotic-assisted surgery, virtual reality training simulators, human rehabilitation systems and gaming systems are some other modern applications of HD2 high-definition haptic device.

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Heat Flow Experiment

The Heat Flow Experiment is aprocess control plant .It consist of a chamber equipped with three temperature sensors located equidistantly. There is a coilbased heater and a blower at one end chamber that is used to transfer heat conductively. The Heat Flow has a built-in amplifier to deliver power to the heater and blower and the amount of power is controlled using analog signals. There is also a tachometer mounted on the blower to measure the speed of the fan. The experiment demonstrates control topics related to fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. It introduces a “bump test” method, a simple technique used to find the first-order model of the system and helps students better understand temperature control strategies, such as an on-off control scheme using a relay switch, and advanced PID control topics including set-point weight and integral anti-windup.

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Hexapod

Six degrees of freedom motion platform for advanced research

The Hexapod is parallel robotic device capable of moving heavy loads (up to 100 kg) at high accelerations, within a small workspace. The smart mechanical design, along with accurate and stiff machined components make this robot an excellent tool for cutting-edge research in areas including vibration isolation, structural dynamics immersive simulations and rehabilitation. Unlike most commercially available steward platforms, the Hexapod is driven by superior electrical motors which make this six DOF motion platform precise, responsive and low-maintenance. Using Quanser’s novel data acquisition technology users can interface to Hexapod through a USB connection, while maintaining a high real-time performance. Many features like the powerful DC motors with a built-in brake, a precise ball screw mechanism, high-resolution optical encoders and low-friction joints help researchers achieve accurate manipulations.

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High Fidelity Linear Cart System

A high-performance platform for the study of basic and advanced dynamics and control concepts.

The High Fidelity Linear Cart consists of a precisely machined solid aluminium cart driven by a high-poer 400 Watt 3-phase brushless DC motor. The experiment is ideally suited to introduce advanced control concepts and theories relevant to real world applications of servomotors, taking the classic inverted pendulum challenge to the next level with an array of experiments including double, dual and triple inverted pendulums. Students learn how to design and implement a state-feedback control system to track the cart position while minimizing the swing of the pendulum. In addition to five different pendulums (three single pendulums of different length, one double pendulum and one triple pendulum), an optional Linear Flexible Joint can be connected to create experiments of increased complexity. Students learn how to design a state feedback control system that regulates the position of the cart and the Linear Flexible Joint cart to a desired setpoint while dampening the spring.

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Joint Control Robot – 4 DOF

Affordable 4 DOF serial manipulator with multi-seat simulation

The Quanser Robotics Package for Education is based on the 4DOF MICO Open-Architecture robotic platform from Kinova, a suitable platform for undergraduate students to learn the basic theories, practical challenges, and industrial applications of robots. MICO arm is a light-weight robotic arm composed of four inter-linked segments and a two-finger gripper or hand. Using the QUARC open-architecture software the user can control the robot in three-dimensional space, grasp or release objects with the hand, visualize the robot in a virtual environment and examine the theories behind robot control such as DH parameters, forward and inverse kinematics, trajectory planning and motion control. With multiple simulations and 3D visualization seats, you can accommodate more students and extend the learning beyond the lab.

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Joint Control Robot – 6 DOF

6 DOF serial manipulator with torque control at each joint

The Quanser Robotics Package for Research is based on the 6 DOF MICO Open-Architecture robotic platform from Kinova, a suitable platform for graduate students and professors to expand robotics theories to practical challenges and industrial applications. MICO arm is a light-weight robotic arm composed of six inter-linked segments and a two-finger gripper or hand. Using the QUARC open-architecture software the user can control the robot in three-dimensional space, grasp or release objects with the hand, visualize the robot in a virtual environment and examine the theories behind robot control such as DH parameters, forward and inverse kinematics, trajectory planning and motion control and more advanced concepts such as torque control, compliance control, teleoperation and more.

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Joint Control Robot – 6 DOF D

6 DOF Denso Open Archtecture Robot

The open architecture robot consists of a Denso VP-Series 6-Axis and a Quanser open-architecture control module which has all the capabilities of an industrial system and is interfaced to QUARC. This module contains 6 amplifiers and built-in FF and PID controllers. The controllers are operating about each motor at a rate of 4kHz. All the gains in the built-in controller are accessible from QUARC blockset. These blocks also have direct access to the amplifiers current commands in the module. The user can both tune the built-in controller gains in QUARC interface or design their own controller in Simulink environment and command the amplifier currents directly in a fully open-architecture scenario. This makes the workstation an ideal test bed for teaching and research in areas such as teleoperation, robot-assisted surgery, rehabilitation, pick-and-place or welding activities and more.

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Linear Double Inverted Pendulum

The Double Inverted Pendulum module consists of two aluminum, precision-machined blue rods; one is 7 inches long and the other is 12 inches long. The module easily attaches to the front pendulum shaft on the Linear Servo Base Unit cart and is free to rotate 360 degrees. The short link angle is sensed using the Linear Servo pendulum shaft encoder, while the medium length link is measured using the middle encoder mounted on the Linear Double Inverted Pendulum itself. Designing a controller that balances two links adds an extra challenge when compared to the single inverted pendulum system. Related applications of this experiment include stabilizing the takeoff of a multi-stage rocket and modeling the human posture system.

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Linear Flexible Inverted Pendulum

The Linear Flexible Inverted Pendulum module is composed of a rigid 24-inch aluminum blue rod and a flexible link with an end weight mounted at the end. The module easily attaches to the front pendulum shaft on the Linear Servo Base Unit cart and is free to rotate 360 degrees. The angles of the pendulums are sensed using the Linear Servo pendulum shaft encoder. The deflection angle of the flexible link is measured using an analog strain gage sensor. The robustness of the system can be tested when the strain gage measurement is not used. Large lightweight structures in space have flexibilities. As a result, they exhibit stabilization issues which relate to some of the dynamic modeling and control challenges of the Linear Inverted Flexible Pendulum experiment.

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Linear Flexible Joint

Teach the fundamentals of dynamics and control

The Linear Flexible Joint Cart consists of a system of two carts sliding on an track. The cart drives the system, and the second passive cart is coupled to the first one through a linear spring. The shafts of these elements are mounted to a rack and pinion mechanism in order to input the driving force to the system, and to measure the two cart positions. When the motor turns, the torque created at the output shaft is translated to a linear force which results in the cart’s motion. When the carts move, the encoder shafts turn and the resulting signals are calibrated to obtain the actuated and load carts’ positions. The experiment is useful in the study of vibration analysis and resonance. The system is similar in nature to the control problems encountered in elastic linkages and mechanical transmissions such as gearboxes.

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Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum

A modular lab platform for teaching robotics, mechatronics, and controls

The Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum consists of a Linear Flexible Joint module with a passive linear cart coupled to a Linear Servo Base Unit through a linear spring and a pendulum mounted on the output cart. The Linear Flexible Joint is made of solid aluminum and uses linear bearings to slide along the Linear Servo Base Unit ground stainless steel shaft. The cart position is measured using a rotary optical encoder whose shaft meshes with the track via a pinion. The passive cart is equipped with a rotary joint, the joint’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the direction of the cart’s motion. A free-swinging rod can be attached to the joint, suspended in front of the cart. This rod can function as an inverted pendulum, as well as a regular pendulum. The angle of the rod is measured using a rotary optical encoder. The experiment is an ideal way to introduce intermediate control concepts related to vibration analysis and resonance, encountered, for example, in linkages and mechanical transmissions. The experiment challenges students to design a state-feedback control system that can balance an inverted pendulum mounted on the linear flexible joint cart, while minimizing the spring deflection.

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Linear Servo Base Unit with Inverted Pendulum

A modular lab platform for teaching robotics, mechatronics, and controls

The Linear Servo Base Unit is supplied with pendulums that can be used to perform a variety of experiments. Three experiments are supplied with the pendulum setup: Gantry Crane, Inverted Pendulum, and the Self-Erecting Inverted Pendulum.
The Gantry Crane emulates a crane on a movable platform that is typically used to transport items in a warehouse or shipping yard. In this case, the cart represents the gantry platform and the pendulum acts as the crane. Students can learn how to mitigate the motions of the downward pendulum while the cart travels to different positions.
With the Self-Erecting Inverted Pendulum experiment, students have the opportunity to design a controller that swings the pendulum up and maintains it in the upright position.
Students can use the Linear Inverted Pendulum experiment to learn practical problem-solving skills to solve mechanical and aerospace engineering challenges. One application of the Inverted Pendulum experiment is found in the two-wheeled Segway self-balancing vehicle.

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Magnetic Levitation

Classic electro-mechanical experiment for nonlinear dynamics and control challenges

The Magnetic Levitation is a single degree of freedom electromagnet-based system that allows users to levitate a ball vertically up and down. The overhead electromagnet generates an attractive force on the metal ball that initially sits on the post. The position of the ball is measured using a photo-sensitive sensor embedded inside the post. The system also includes a current sensor to measure the current inside the electromagnet’s coil. The challenging dynamics of the system make it perfect for teaching modeling, linearization, current control, position control, and using multiple loops (i.e. cascade control). Magnetic levitation technology is used in systems such as Magnetic Levitation trains and electromagnetic cranes. Research is also being done to use magnetic control technology for contactless, high-precision positioning of wafers in photolithography.

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Multi-DOF Torsion

Multi-dimensional system for torsional dynamics

The Torsion Module is a rotary torsional system that consists of an instrumented bearing block, which is mounted in a cubic aluminum frame. A shaft is free to spin inside the bearing block and its angle is measured using an encoder. The shaft can be fitted with either a torsional load or a flexible coupling. Adding one or more (up to seven) torsion modules in series allows you to expand the complexity of the experiments to study 2 DOF or Multi-DOF torsional dynamics. Applications that include high-gear ratio harmonic drives and lightweight transmission shafts may have joint flexibilities and torsional compliance, all of which can be emulated with this system. The experiment is ideal to teach principles of robotics and torsional dynamics. Students will learn about modeling a torsional system and how to control it by minimizing the amount of vibration.

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Omni Bundle

Cost-effective way to introduce robotics and haptics

The Omni Bundle is a robot with six revolute joints, three of which are actuated. The three non-actuated joints are the wrist joints. The three motors can actuate the end-effector – the tip of the stylus – to span the entire X, Y, Z region in its workspace. Position measurement along X, Y, and Z is done using digital encoders while measurement of rotations about these axes (roll, pitch and yaw) is done using potentiometers. The Phantom Blockset for QUARC real-time control software provides the interface to interact with the device. The courseware material provided with the package exposes students to fundamental robotics concepts, such as forward and inverse kinematic modeling, Jacobian, PID control and path planning. The courseware also covers more advanced haptics concepts, such as force calculation, collision detection and virtual objects dynamics. Using the haptic-based exercises provided in the courseware, students can quickly create basic virtual environments and use this as a basis for design of more complex multi-object environments, multi-contact haptic interaction, force feedback, teleoperation and cooperative haptics.

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Q2-USB Data Acquisition Device

Portable and affordable option for real-time measurement and control

The Q2-USB data acquisition device delivers reliable real-time performance via a USB interface. Low I/O conversion times, easy connectivity, and 2 kHz max closed-loop control rate makes the Q2-USB an ideal DAQ for rapid prototyping and Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL) development. With a wide range of inputs and outputs, you can easily connect and control a variety of devices instrumented with analog and digital sensors, including encoders – all with one board.

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Q8-USB Data Acquisition Device

Portable and affordable option for real-time measurement and control

The Q8-USB data acquisition device delivers reliable real-time performance via a USB interface. Low I/O conversion times, easy connectivity, and 2 kHz max closed-loop control rate makes the Q8-USB an ideal DAQ for rapid prototyping and Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL) development. With a wide range of inputs and outputs, you can easily connect and control a variety of devices instrumented with analog and digital sensors, including encoders – all with one board.

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QBall 2

High-performance drone for indoor labs

The QBall 2 is a quadrotor helicopter, enclosed in a carbon fiber cage. The cage protects the vehicle and ensures safe operation in an indoor lab environment. To measure on-board sensors and drive motors, the QBall 2 utilizes Quanser’s on-board avionics data acquisition card and a wireless embedded computer. The DAQ also provides several I/O channels for interfacing additional sensors, allowing users to customize the platform for their research needs.The QBall 2 operates using a host-target structure. The controllers are developed on the ground station computer (host) using MATLAB/Simulink. The QUARC control software downloads real-time code from the host to the QBall 2 embedded computer (target), and allows users to run, modify, and monitor the code remotely from the host. The controllers on-board the QBall 2 are open-architecture and fully modifiable. The QBall 2 is suitable for a wide variety of unmanned vehicle research applications, including vehicle modeling and control, motion planning, obstacle avoidance, sensor fusion, fleet maintenance, fault-tolerant control, autonomous and supervisory operation, advanced multi-agent navigation, and more.

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QBot 2 for QUARC

High-Performance Ground Robot for Indoor Labs

The QBot is an innovative autonomous ground robot system incorporating a robust educational ground vehicle with the Microsoft Kinect and a Quanserr embedded target. The QBot 2 is comprised of a Yujin Robot Kobuki platform, a Microsoft Kinect RGB camera and depth sensor, and a Quanserr DAQ with a wireless embedded computer. The embedded computer system mounted on the vehicle uses the Gumstix DuoVero computer to run QUARC, Quanser’s real-time control software, and interface with the QBot 2 data acquisition card. The interface to the target computer is MATLAB/Simulink with QUARC. The QBot 2 is accessible through three different block sets: the Quanser Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) block set to read from sensors and/or write to outputs, the Quanser Stream API blockset to perform communications over wired and wireless communication channels, the Quanser Multimedia blockset to read RGB and depth image data from the Kinect sensor, and the MathWorks Computer Vision System toolbox to perform image processing. Controllers are developed in Simulink with QUARC on the host computer, and these models are cross-compiled and downloaded to the target seamlessly.

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QPIDe Data Acquisition Device

Precise, reliable data acquisition for complex controls configurations

QPIDe is based on the PCI Express technology for data acquisition applications that require bandwidth to ensure data can be transferred to memory fast enough. With ultra-low I/O conversion times and simultaneous sampling of each I/O type, the QPIDe is suitable for complex controls configurations for research and teaching controls concepts. For example, in order to teach controls or conduct research in areas like Aerospace or Haptics.

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Quanser AERO

Flexible Platform For Mechatronics and Control

The AERO consists of two propellers, powered by DC motors. Combined with the light-weight design of the experiment, this makes the system capable of highly responsive movements. The AERO’s compact base includes a built-in amplifier with an integrated current sensor, built-in data acquisition device, and an interchangeable QFLEX 2 interface panel. The experiment is reconfigurable for various aerospace systems, from 1 DOF attitude control and 2 DOF helicopter to half-quadrotor. Integrating Quanser-developed QFLEX 2 computing interface technology, the Quanser AERO also offers flexibility in lab configurations, using a PC, or microcontrollers, such as NI myRIO, Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

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Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping Toolbox for LabVIEW

Faster control design and simpler connectivity for LabVIEW

The Quanser RCP add-on for the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment is a powerful control design tool that spans the spectrum of design, from simulation to control implementation. It significantly simplifies access to Quanser control experiments by taking care of all standard low level software and hardware configurations. The resulting VIs are clear and match standard system block diagrams, helping bridge the gap between theory and practical implementations.

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QUARC® Real-Time Control Software

Accelerating control design

Quanser’s QUARC software adds powerful tools and capabilities to Simulink that make the development and deployment of sophisticated real-time mechatronics and control applications easier. QUARC generates real-time code directly from Simulink-designed controllers and runs it in real-time on the Windows target – all without digital signal processing or without writing a single line of code.

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QUBE Servo 2

Low cost teaching platform for mechatronics and controls

The QUBE-Servo 2 is a compact rotary servo system that can be used to perform a variety of classic servo control and inverted pendulum based experiments. The QUBE-Servo 2 can be configured with either the QFLEX 2 USB or QFLEX 2 Embedded interface modules. The QFLEX 2 USB allows control by a computer via USB connection. The QFLEX 2 Embedded allows for control by a microcontroller device such as an Arduino via a 4-wire SPI interface. The system is driven using a direct-drive 18V brushed DC motor. The motor is powered by a built-in PWM amplifier with integrated current sense. Two add-on modules are supplied with the system: an Inertia disc and a Rotary pendulum. The modules can be easily attached or interchanged using magnets mounted on the QUBEServo 2 module connector. Single-ended rotary encoders are used to measure the angular position of the DC motor and pendulum, and the angular velocity of the motor can also be measured using an integrated software-based
tachometer.

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Rotary Double Inverted Pendulum

Take the cassic inverted pendulum challenge to the next level

The Rotary Double Inverted Pendulum is composed of a rotary arm that attaches to the Rotary Servo Base Unit, a short 7-inch bottom blue rod, an encoder hinge, and the top 12-inch blue rod. The balance control computes a voltage based on the angle measurements from the encoders. This control voltage signal is amplified and applied to the servomotor. The rotary arm moves accordingly to balance the two links and the process repeats itself. The experiment is ideal to introduce intermediate and advanced control concepts, taking the classic single inverted pendulum challenge to the next level of complexity. You can use it to demonstrate real-world control challenges related, for example, to takeoff stabilization of a multi-stage rocket.

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Rotary Flexible Joint

Modeling flexible joints in a robotic arms

The Rotary Flexible Joint consists of a free arm attached to two identical springs. The springs are mounted to an aluminum chassis which is fastened to the Rotary Servo Base Unit load gear. The module attaches to a DC motor on the Servo Base Unit that rotates a beam mounted on a flexible joint. The experiment is ideal for modeling a flexible joint on a robot It is also useful in the study of vibration analysis and resonance. The Rotary Flexible Joint uses a sensor to measure joint deflection, to address the control problems encountered in large, geared robot joints where flexibility is exhibited in the gearbox. Students will learn how to model the system using state-space and design a feedback controller with pole-placement.

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Rotary Flexible Link

Control and vibration analysis of flexible links

The Rotary Flexible Link consists of a strain gage which is held at the clamped end of a thin stainless steel flexible link. The DC motor on the Rotary Servo Base Unit is used to rotate the flexible link from one end in the horizontal plane. The motor end of the link is instrumented with a strain gage that can detect the deflection of the tip. The strain gage outputs an analog signal proportional to the deflection of the link. In this experiment, students learn to find the stiffness experimentally, and use Lagrange to develop the system model. This is then used to develop a feedback control using a linear-quadratic regulator, where the tip of a beam tracks a desired command while minimizing link deflection. This experiment is ideal for study of vibration analysis and resonance and allows to mimic real-life control problems encountered in large, lightweight structures that exhibit flexibilities and require feedback control for improved performance. The experiment is also useful when modelling a flexible link on a robot or spacecraft.

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Rotary Inverted Pendulum

Introduce intermediate control concepts and theories relevant to the challenges engineers face in real life.

The Rotary Inverted Pendulum consists of a flat arm with a pivot at one end and a metal shaft on the other end. The pivot-end is mounted on top of the Rotary Servo Base Unit load gear shaft. The pendulum link is fastened onto the metal shaft and the shaft is instrumented with a high resolution encoder to measure its angle. The result is a horizontally rotating arm with a pendulum at the end. The experiment is ideal to learn practical problem-solving skills for mechanical and aerospace engineering while designing controllers that balance a vertical rod in the upright position by rotating or changing the angle at the base, and swing the pendulum up and maintain it in the upright position. A classic application is the two-wheeled Segway self-balancing electric vehicle.

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Rotary Servo Base Unit

Convenient turn-key modular rotary control lab

The rotary servo base consists of a DC motor that is encased in a solid aluminum frame and equipped with a planetary gearbox. The motor has its own internal gearbox that drives external gears. It is equipped with three sensors: potentiometer, encoder, and tachometer. The potentiometer and encoder sensors measure the angular position of the load gear and the tachometer can be used to measured its velocity. Real-world applications of the rotary servomotor include the autofocus feature in modern cameras, cruise control in automobiles, and speed control in CD players.

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Seesaw

The Seesaw module consists of two long arms hinged onto a support fulcrum. The system is composed of precisely machined polycarbonate with a durable matte finish. The Seesaw is free to rotate about the pivot in the center and the objective is to position the cart to balance the system. Two Seesaw modules can be coupled together using the supplied Seesaw with Pendulum attachment to implement the Multiple-Input Multiple-Output experiment. The experiment involves dynamic and control that are similar to the inverted pendulum experiment. One real-world application of this system is the roll control of an airplane.

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Shake Table I-40

Linear shaker

The Shake Table I-40 system is a single-axis seismic device that can be used to teach structural dynamics and control, earthquake engineering and other topics related to Civil Engineering. Shake Table I-40 is a portable yet powerful shake table which can be easily run through a Graphical User Interface environment. The provided software eliminates any need for hand coding while it enables you to monitor and analyze the response. This inexpensive platform facilitates an easy-connect setup for a quick and effortless interface with computer. This system can be used to simulate earthquakes and evaluate the performance of active mass dampers, e.g., using the Quanser One-Floor Active Mass Damper. As a typical application, the Shake Table I can excite the flexible modes of a tall structure in order to design, implement, and evaluate a control system to manipulate and dampen the structural vibrations. With pre-loaded acceleration profiles of real earthquakes, such as Northridge and El-Centro, students can study their effects on buildings, bridges and various materials.

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Shake Table II

Heavy-load linear shaker

The Quanser Shake Table II is a mid-size open-architecture single-axis earthquake simulator ideal for teaching structural dynamics, vibration isolation, feedback control, and other control topics related to earthquake, aerospace and mechanical engineering. The shake table is rated to drive a 7.5 kg load at 2.5 g. The stage rides on two ground-hardened metal shafts using linear bearings which allows for smooth linear motions with low path deflection. Users can generate sinusoidal, chip as well as pre-loaded acceleration profiles of real earthquakes, such as Northridge, Kobe and El-Centro, to study their effects on buildings, bridges and various materials. Additionally, earthquake profiles can be downloaded from the PEER Ground Motion Database, scaled using the supplied software, and replayed on the Shake Table II.

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Shake Table III XY

Heavy-load planar shaker

The Shake Table III XY is a dual-axis, high-powered planar earthquake simulator ideal for more advanced dynamics analysis and research relating to earthquake loss reduction. It is capable of moving high loads of up to 100 kg at high accelerations and velocities. It is powered using linear motor technology, eliminating the need for hydraulics. It has three linear motors, two of them operate in parallel to actuate the x axis, while a single motor is used to actuate the y axis.

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VoltPAQ-X1 Amplifier

VoltPAQ amplifiers deliver the reliable real-time performance necessary for modern Hardware-In-The-Loop

The VoltPAQ-X1 is a single channel, linear voltage-based power amplifier. The VoltPAQ line is designed to turbo-charge your experiments. Smaller, more lightweight and portable, the VoltPAQ is ideal for all complex controls configurations related to educational or research needs. These linear voltage-controlled power amplifiers are designed to achieve high performance with Hardware-In-The-Loop implementations.

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VoltPAQ-X2 Amplifier

The VoltPAQ-X2 is a two-channel, linear voltage-based power amplifier. The VoltPAQ line is designed to turbo-charge your experiments. Smaller, more lightweight and portable, the VoltPAQ is ideal for all complex controls configurations related to educational or research needs. These linear voltage-controlled power amplifiers are designed to achieve high performance with Hardware-In-The-Loop implementations.

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VoltPAQ-X4 Amplifier

The VoltPAQ-X4 is a four-channel, linear voltage-based power amplifier. The VoltPAQ line is designed to turbo-charge your experiments. Smaller, more lightweight and portable, the VoltPAQ is ideal for all complex controls configurations related to educational or research needs. These linear voltage-controlled power amplifiers are designed to achieve high performance with Hardware-In-The-Loop implementations.

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Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio

Jump-start Your Autonomous Vehicles Research

Quanser’s new Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio is the ideal solution for academics looking to build a multi-vehicle research program in a short amount of time. Consisting of QDrone quadrotors and QBot 2 ground vehicles, ground control station, vision and safety equipment, the Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio is the only option for research groups looking to jumpstart autonomous robotics research programs and be productive in a very short amount of time.

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