Introducing the Quanser QUBE-Servo

Publish Date: Oct 09, 2014 | 3 Ratings | 4.67 out of 5 | Print

Overview

NI has partnered with Quanser, the leading provider of high-fidelity educational control plants, to offer the Quanser QUBE-Servo platform. NI myRIO hardware combined with NI LabVIEW software, the Quanser QUBE-Servo and courseware offers educators a turnkey, lab-ready solution for students to “Do Engineering” from introductory to advanced controls classes.

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Table of Contents

  1. What is the QUBE-Servo?
  2. Experience With Relevant Control Hardware
  3. Complete, Modifiable Courseware
  4. Hands-on Learning
  5. Next Steps

1. What is the QUBE-Servo?

The QUBE-Servo consists of a brushed DC motor with optical encoder position feedback, a PWM amplifier, and DAQ electronics all mounted within precision-machined aluminum housing. You can connect two modules, an aluminum inertia disk, and a sensed angle pendulum to the output shaft of the motor via a magnetic quick connect interface.

The QUBE-Servo comes with complete courseware to ensure immediate integration into your academic program. 

NI offers two QUBE-Servo panel interface options. The first is a myRIO interface panel that connects directly from myRIO to the QUBE-Servo. This option is suitable for customers who wish to teach controls with their myRIO devices. The other option is a direct I/O interface panel which connects the QUBE-Servo to a variety of NI hardware such as the Q1-cRIO.

 

 

Direct I/O Interface
myRIO Interface Panel Direct I/O Interface Panel

 

Both options require the Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) Toolkit to program the QUBE-Servo. This toolkit is a program written by Quanser to accelerate controls prototyping by abstracting away the programming to interface with hardware, so students can focus on algorithm development instead of driver development.

 

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2. Experience With Relevant Control Hardware

Students will learn controls with the QUBE-Servo and the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module. With LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation, students can simulate dynamic systems as well as implement controllers using both classical methods and a state-space approach. Below is an example of a LabVIEW block diagram for a proportional derivative (PD) controller that students can implement to control the QUBE-Servo. 

 

Using the LabVIEW Real-Time Module and RCP Toolkit, students can implement the same controllers they designed on a host PC on real-time hardware like myRIO as well. The hands-on experience that students receive with real-time hardware better prepares them for implementing real-time controllers in industrial applications.

You can use myRIO and the QUBE-Servo to cover multiple controls concepts, from introductory system modeling and PID control to advanced topics like state-space control and LQR optimization. The skills that students develop with myRIO and the QUBE-Servo can help them build more complex controls systems not just in future design classes but also in industry. Learn more about how myRIO prepares students for industry.

 

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3. Complete, Modifiable Courseware

The QUBE-Servo includes ready-to-teach courseware as well. Quanser and NI have ensured that this courseware is relevant to most undergraduate controls laboratories by mapping each exercise to specific sections of eight commonly used controls textbooks. See how these exercises map to these textbooks.

You can either easily customize the modular and digital courseware or teach it right out of the box. Each laboratory is a module with corresponding VIs. The laboratory manual for each exercise is shipped as a fully editable Word document as well as in PDF and LaTeX formats so you can use the courseware as is or modify it to suit your course topics. Learn more about the topics covered by downloading a sample of the QUBE courseware

 

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4. Hands-on Learning

NI myRIO and the Quanser QUBE-Servo form a complete, ready-to-teach solution for any undergraduate controls course. Backed by NI and Quanser, the QUBE-Servo is a lasting investment that gives students the opportunity to do engineering and gain hands-on experience with controls theory. 

 

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5. Next Steps

Download a courseware sample.

Watch a Webcast on the Quanser QUBE-Servo

Learn more about the QUBE-Servo.

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