Blasts from the past & cutting edge control equipment all on the same day!

I got to revisit my old university stomping ground last week when I manned the Adept Scientific/Quanser stand at the 2014 UKACC Conference on Control at the University of Loughborough. It was a great opportunity to meet up with old lecturers, visit old haunts and see how things have advanced on campus, while making brand new connections with customers and contacts in the world of system control.

Visitors and exhibitors alike were keen to catch a glimpse of the latest control technology, and we put on a great show for them with our range of Quanser systems set up and running on our stand. These included the ultra-effective QUBE device, impressive Active Suspension System and the Ball and Beam module for the Rotary Servo Base Unit.

I also sat in on National Instruments’ instructional free workshop session during which PHD students got to try their hand at building a control system using Quanser’s Inverted Rotary Pendulum and NI’s CompactRIO controller.

Looking forward to UKACC 2016 which will be held at the Queen’s University, Belfast.

Why skydivers can’t just wing it!

Contrary to belief, there’s more to skydiving than just jumping out of a plane. Simply by moving your head, your arms or legs, you can dramatically affect your trajectory. Changes in pressure, resistance and turbulence will also alter your downward path through the air. This was the topic of exploration for students taking part in an Adept Scientific workshop during an Engineering Festival held at IWM Duxford last month. This unique regional event, which attracted over 500 students, was organised by STEM Team East to promote engineering and inspire young people to study science and maths at schools, as well as pursue careers in these areas.

During the workshop, students modelled the trajectory of a wingsuit-wearing skydiver and then explored the different sources of instability and aspects that might change the divers aerodynamics. They then used the Quanser QUBE-Servo to demonstrate that instability and show how you might use control theory to counter its effects. The assumption is that skydivers who have a better understanding of the different forces acting upon them are able to achieve a more controlled descent.

This popular workshop was just one of a range of practical activities on the day that gave students the chance to work with qualified engineers to solve engineering challenges and gain ‘on-the-job’ experience.

Find out more about this year’s event

Introducing Quanser’s QUBE-Servo – compact control equipment that squares better with tight budgets

Price is often the sticking point that stops engineering departments from being able to kit out their control labs with quality equipment capable of clarifying introductory control concepts and meeting their teaching requirements. So it’s a good job Quanser have launched a new low-cost, self-contained servomotor teaching platform that comes ready to go with fully integrated components, two quick-connect add-on modules (DC Motor and Inverted Pendulum) plus modular, topic-orientated digital courseware that cuts class prep-time and easily adapts to specific courses. Thanks to the new QUBE-Servo, you can build a world-class control lab for less!

Visit our QUBE-Servo web pages or download the latest datasheet to find out more. Contact your nearest Adept office for up-to-date information about pricing and availability.

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Crowd-pleasing control hardware in action at NIDay 2012

If you didn’t make it to National Instruments Graphical System Design Conference on 20th November in London, then you missed out on a great event packed with presentations, interactive sessions taught by NI experts, hands-on workshops, and exhibitions of the latest advancements in design, control and test. In the Academic Zone, Adept and Quanser welcomed many new and familiar faces to their stand and had great fun engaging and impressing visitors by inviting them to take control of the 2 DOF Helicopter experiment. Quanser experts also ran several well-attended hour-long hands-on technical sessions that demonstrated how to design and implement control algorithms using LabVIEW.

Adept’s own Quanser Product Manager, Lilly Northrop, was also excited to hear about some interesting projects and new 21st Century system design technologies from NI outlined during the keynote addresses from President, CEO and Cofounder of NI, Dr. James Truchard and guest speaker Dr. Robert Mullins, Co-Founder and Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

See what you missed at the recent NI Day and download free presentations from NIDays2012.