QNET Mechatronic Systems

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Expose Students to Complex Mechatronic Systems

The QNET Mechatronic Systems board is a versatile system that combines various topics covered in typical mechatronics courses and programs, and applies them to a complex mechatronic system. The board is designed exclusively for NI ELVIS platform, taking the full advantage of accurate timing and control of FPGA-based, reconfigurable I/O, brought by the new ELVIS RIO Control Module.

How It Works

The QNET Mechatronic Systems board consists of two brushed DC motor direct-driving a five-link parallel manipulator with a serial camera at the end-effector. The angular position of the motors is measured by optical encoders.

The camera is suspended above a default map representing a city, with LEDs mimicking traffic lights, and other elements (city park, construction zone, round-abouts), that allow students to design and test a sophisticated path planning algorithm.

The default map can be replaced by other images based on a provided template, so that you can create other challenges for the system, applicable
to your curriculum goals, such as finding minimum and maximum height on a topological map.

Comprehensive Resources and Courseware Included

The QNET Mechatronic Actuators Board comes with comprehensive digital resources developed by Quanser to enhance teaching controls, saving professors’ time while helping students quickly grasp the capabilities of the board, relate the studied control concepts to applications in real world and understand the exercises performed in lab. The resources include:

  • courseware with in-lab exercises
  • setup materials, including Quick Start Guides, User Manual and VIs for the board for faster, easier setup of the experiment
  • pre-designed VIs to help students understand how the theoretical block diagrams relates to the actual implementation

  • 5 bar parallel SCARA robot
  • Direct-drive brushed DC motors
  • Built-in PWM amplifier for each motor
  • Optical encoders
  • Serial camera for embedded imaging applications
  • Default map with dynamic LEDs and other elements for path planning tasks
  • Template for map or other custom applications
  • Built-in MXP connectors for NI ELVIS RIO Control Module for quick and easy lab setup
  • Fully compatible with LabVIEW™
  • Fully documented system models and parameters provided for LabVIEW™
  • Comprehensive ABET-aligned course resources
  • Additional community-created resources available on www.QuanserShare.com
DC motor nominal input voltage 18 V
DC motor nominal speed 3050 RPM
DC motor nominal current .054 A
Encoder line count 512 lines/rev
Encoder resolution (in quadrature) 0.176 deg/count
Amplifier type PWM
Amplifier continuous current 2.5 A
Amplifier nominal frequency 20 kHz
Camera type CMOS VGA serial camera
Image formats JPEG and RAW
Image resolutions 160 x 128 / 320 x 240 / 640 x 480 (in JPEG mode)
80 x 60 / 160 x 120 / 128 x 128 / 128 x 96 (in RAW mode)
  • Goal-directed line following
  • Image processing
    • Image tresholding
    • Blob detection
    • Pattern matching
  • State machines
  • Manipulator control
    • PWM generation
    • Encoder decoding
    • Inverse kinematics
    • Forward kinematics
    • PID position control

To set up your QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board, you need NI ELVIS and Elvis RIO Control Module.

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