Platform for Control System Research Validation

Contemporary research in control covers extensive ranges of theoretical, computational, and application fields. As one of the most broadly applicable modern engineering methodologies, researchers in virtually all of the engineering disciplines apply the techniques of control to realize ever more complex engineering systems. From a very practical perspective, however, it is often challenging to develop an effective research regimen that includes an advanced theoretical and algorithm framework and real-world implementation.

Quanser devices offer a highly efficient platform for bridging this theory-implementation gap. The Quanser platform is the de facto commercial standard for control research validation, offering a framework of hardware in the loop (HIL) implementation of the control system that integrates a physical system (the plant) with dynamics of sufficient realism for physically relevant testing, and a real-time computational and modeling framework that allows for rapid testing of algorithms and concepts.
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Research Applications Application Coverage
Quanser offers the most extensive platform for control, mechatronics and robotics research. Within a common technological and software framework, researchers can engage in progressive research in fields as technically different as biomedical, energy, defense, agricultural, aerospace and automotive engineering to name a few.
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Accelerating Research:
Driving Haptic-Based Rehabilitation Further and Faster.

Dr. Daniela Constantinescu of the University of Victoria in British Columbia combines a number of engineering areas to bear on her research in haptics.

University of British Columbia Research Case StudyThe technical challenge of her team working on a co-operative haptic rehabilitation exercise was two-fold: first, they needed a reliable 6 DOF haptic devices that would allow them to conduct the research and engage in a wide range of exercise motions. Second, they needed to source control design software that would enable them to quickly and efficiently design a reliable controller for this co-operative activity.

Dr. Constantinescu chose Quanser’s haptic wand – its 6 DOF interaction and precision made it the best available device. An equally vital part of the solution was Quanser’s control design software, as designing a controller quickly was important to the timely completion of the project.

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High Precision Components High Precision Components
To ensure repeatability and deterministic dynamics and minimize the introduction of data artifacts, all parts and components of Quanser systems are precision-crafted, using high quality materials.
Modular and Open Architecture Design Modular and Open Architecture Design
Modular and open architecture design enables rapid reconfiguration of test rigs and enables their quick adaptation to new experiments and design refinements.
Difital and Software Methodologies Full Utilization of Digital and Software Methodologies
Quanser software covers both low level, real time control computations to ensure absolute precision; and high level application tools to quickly develop high fidelity models. Quanser systems support the full range of modern digital platforms from general-purpose to specialized real-time control computers for autonomous applications, and even modern mobile device platforms.
Find out more about Quanser rapid control prototyping software.
Complete Toolchain Complete Toolchain
Quanser plants are also supported by optimized data acquisition, both Quanser-developed and third-party, amplifiers and software components compatible with industry-standard doftware such as National Instruments LabVIEW™ and MATLAB®/Simulink® from The MathWorks.

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