Quanser Control Plants for Advanced Education and Research


NI and Quanser have partnered to offer researchers and educators turnkey solutions for control systems research and teaching. Over thirty state of the art experiment platforms are available with all the preconfigured software, hardware and courseware to immediately begin using in an academic institution. These plants are optimized for NI hardware and software. The solutions cover an extensive range of control systems topics and applications areas ranging from fundamental motion control, to flight control, to robotics, and more. Quanser systems lead the market and are globally deployed as essential motion platforms to validate theoretical concepts in research and to provide graduate and undergraduate students with rich hands-on experiences that connect the theory to challenging engineering applications


Controls Systems Research and Teaching with NI-Quanser Solution

Using the NI-Quanser solution you have a pre-defined, optimized way to enable research and teaching in a number of areas for the controls application area. The solution is completed by courseware that allow you to rapidly focus on the critical areas of your research or pedagogy.

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Focus on the Concepts

NI-Quanser control systems solutions offer high-precision components and innovative designs to ensure robust and precise, deterministic dynamics essential for effective research and concept exploration. All systems come complete with high fidelity models compatible with LabVIEW. Additionally, Quanser’s unique Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) software add-on to LabVIEW ensures quick real-time deployment and is ideal for complex modern control applications. Users also enjoy choices for DAQ including most of NI’s principal DAQ platforms (cRIO, PXI, myRIO and more). In the end, this level of flexibility and modularity, combined with the right peripherals and software utilities ensure a highly efficient and effective research and education workflow. NI-Quanser users spend less time and money on setting up and implementing their real time control applications and can focus on the core concepts of their exploration.

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Rotary and Linear Motion Control

The Rotary Servo Base Unit (SRV02) is the heart of the renowned Quanser Rotary Solution, and will offer your undergraduates the best experience in their control courses. Research grade components and a selection of nine modular experiment add-ons with complete courseware constitute a truly flexible, open architecture platform to serve your students in their advanced courses and right into post-graduate research.

For linear systems, Quanser has the Linear Servo Base Unit (IP02) platform. Similar to the rotary solution, the linear platform has a selection of seven modular experiment add-ons with complete courseware.

 Download sample courseware for the rotary and linear motion control systems here



Flight Control Systems

Quanser's extensive line of control systems plants include experiments and test rigs designed specifically for teaching and research in flight dynamics and control. Most of these systems offer the fidelity and flexibility to move cleanly from an undergraduate course to the graduate level and ultimately to leading edge research.

Using Quanser systems, students can build their knowledge of position control, essential dynamics and flight control and gyroscopic motion. At the graduate level, they can expand this knowledge and explore more advance control concept, using the same hardware and software environment. The control challenges stemming from inherent nonlinearities, cross-couplings and uncertainties in the dynamics of the systems involve areas such as adaptive control, nonlinear control, robust control and optimal control.

 Download sample courseware for the flight control systems here



Industrial Applications and Process Control

Today's industrial systems are complex, encompassing all engineering fields, from control systems and mechanisms, to electronics, software and computer architecture. Many of Quansers experimental plants can emulate complex mechatronic systems. With their precision, robust and open architecture design, they present highly suitable and affordable options for study and research of control-related challenges encountered in industrial technologies and applications, including fluid level control, car suspension control, and more.

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The Most Extensive Selection of Control Systems Plants

Quanser systems cover the most important fields of control systems study including rotary and linear motion control, vibration, flexible links and joints, flight control, gyroscopic motion, electromagnetic levitation, fluid level control, heat control,  and more. Applicable research topics include fundamental linear control, non-linear control, robust control, model-predictive control, intelligent control, and system identification. This broad applicability has resulted in scholarly publications in the thousands as researchers world-wide, and in many fields, deploy Quanser plants to validate leading edge theory.


Great Research Drives Great Teaching

For teaching, Quanser systems are widely used in introductory and advanced control, as well as specialized courses  such as flight control, robotics, mechatronics, and biomedical engineering. Quanser solutions offer an effective bridge between sophisticated research applications and basic concept study. Often the same system can be abstracted to make concepts accessible to undergraduate students while offering complete flexibility to scale the system to the most challenging research application. This can lower costs for an institution and more importantly, increase motivation and industry-readiness for students, regardless of level.