This is an online, interactive lab that contains instructions, multimedia, and assessments where students can learn at their own pace. As an instructor, you can create and edit instances of this lab, assign them to students, and view student progress.
This is an online, interactive course that contains instructions, multimedia, and assessments where students can learn at their own pace. As an instructor, you can create and edit instances of this course, assign them to students, and view student progress.
A mechatronic system can be anything from an industrial robot arm, to an autonomous car, to your home washing machine. It is the collection of software, mechanical, and electronic subsystems into a cohesive functional unit. This lab manual provides hands-on experience with a complete mechatronic system from low-level integration through the essential systems and processes to the higher-level automation algorithms. Each activity emphasizes the interplay between mechanical actuation, kinematics, image processing and control. The structure of the lab activities combines concept exploration and self-directed challenges with classic laboratory experiments to truly prepare students for the task of designing complex mechatronic systems.
In this lab, students will complete activities to control the speed of a DC motor using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), as well as learn how to determine the position of the motor using a quadrature encoder.
In this lab students will first complete activities that apply the fundamentals of PID Joint Control, Forward Kinematics, and Inverse Kinematics using the Quanser Mechatronic Systems Board and LabVIEW. Then, they will apply their experience by optimizing the system to a certain maximum error specification while it follows different trajectories.
This lab applies process level algorithms such as thresholding, pattern recognition, and blob detection to detect different features such as stars, plus signs, etc., as well as determining the state of traffic lights. Students begin by learning the theory and background of image processing. They will then get the chance to implement the knowledge using the mechatronic systems board and detect images using their coding skills.
In this lab, students begin by studying and implementing a state machine system architecture to configure the mechatronic systems board to scan an image without requiring user input. Then, the student will complete a culminating goal-directed line following project in which they will configure the full system, including image processing, position control, and state machine architecture, to accomplish the task.
LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.
NI ELVIS III
Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.
Quanser Mechatronic Systems Board for NI ELVIS III
The Quanser Mechatronic Systems Application Board is the only solution that takes students from component-level knowledge of sensors, actuators, and interfacing fundamentals to a system-level understanding of mechatronics design.