Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping

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Faster Control Design and Simpler Connectivity

The Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (QRCP) is an add-on software for the NI LabVIEW™ graphical development environment. This powerful control design tool 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 the standard system block diagrams, helping to bridge the gap between theory and practical implementations.

QRCP adds the ease of use and speed of development to control design programming in LabVIEW, significantly shortening the controller development cycle, and expanding capabilities of the NI LabVIEW Control and Simulation Module. With expanded compatibility and support for NI myRIO, NI CompactRIO and PXI, you can teach and perform an advanced control research using LabVIEW.

QRCP supports most of the Quanser experimental plants, including the QUBE™-Servo, SRV02 Rotary Servo-based systems, IP02 Linear Servo-based systems, 2 DOF Helicopter, and more.

How It Works

QRCP toolkit is comprised of a set of VI’s that simplify many common controls, robotics and mechatronics programming tasks. These include hardware interfacing, inter-controller communications and porting control code between control hardware. Find out how you can build a closed loop controller in 10 minutes.

Hardware access is achieved with a set of three hardware-independent, preconfigured HIL interface VI’s: HIL Initialize, HIL Read and HIL Write. By abstracting hardware access in this way, the controller development cycle is shortened. Porting your control code between your host and target systems is as simple as selecting a new I/O configuration, a process which can be accomplished in a few seconds.

All of the outputs controlled by the QRCP VI’s are zeroed when the controller is stopped, whether it was stopped appropriately or aborted unexpectedly. This supervisory safety feature is crucial in an undergraduate teaching laboratory environment where students may be unfamiliar with proper programming practices.

Within QRCP is a set of VI’s that greatly simplifies inter-controller commu­nications required for distributed control. Researchers and educators can switch between protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP, shared memory or RS232, via one menu within the Stream Server and Stream Client VI’s.

For more details, check the QRCP complete documentation or QRCP release notes pages.

To see a complete list of data acquisition boards supported by the QRCP 2016, click here.

  • Significantly simplifies Quanser control experiments setup and interfacing
  • Allows for easier and faster control design programming in LabVIEW
  • Targets NI myRIO-, cRIO- and Windows-based controllers with a single VI
  • Protocol-independent VIs supporting TCP/IP, UDP, shared memory, RS232 serial communication
  • Outputs are safely zeroed when VI is stopped or aborted
  • Supports over 20 data acquisition boards from both National Instruments and Quanser - click here for the complete list
  • Supports over 25 Quanser control plants
  • Must be used with the NI LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module

QRCP 2016 for Windows

Supported host system: 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
Supported target specification: PC- or PXI-based system running on 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
Software requirements: 32-bit LabVIEW™ 2015 SP1 or LabVIEW™ 2016
LabVIEW™ Control Design and Simulation Module
NI Device Drivers (i.e., NI-DAQmx)
LabVIEW™ MathScript RT Module (only used in certain curriculum VIs)

QRCP 2016 for NI myRIO

Supported host system: 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
Supported target specification: NI myRIO-1900
NI myRIO-1950
Software requirements: 32-bit LabVIEW™ 2015 SP1 or LabVIEW™ 2016
LabVIEW™ Control Design and Simulation Module
LabVIEW™ Real-Time Module
LabVIEW™ myRIO Toolkit
LabVIEW™ MathScript RT Module (only used in certain curriculum VIs)

QRCP 2016 for NI cRIO

Supported host system: 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
Supported target specification: NI cRIO-9024 with NI cRIO-9113 or cRIO-9114 Chassis
NI cRIO-9074
Software requirements: 32-bit LabVIEW™ 2015 SP1 or LabVIEW™ 2016
LabVIEW™ Control Design and Simulation Module
From NI Device Drivers (i.e., NI-DAQmx):
 - Reconfigurable I/O (RIO) Feature
 - Real-Time and Embedded Feature
LabVIEW™ Real-Time Module
LabVIEW™ MathScript RT Module (only used in certain curriculum VIs)

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