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The Quanser Mechatronic Actuators Board for NI ELVIS III introduces students to a variety of common actuators and demonstrates their advantages, interfacing, and operation. Teaching resource topics include electromagnetic actuation, PWM, and digital signal generation.

Introduce Students to Actuators and their Applications

A mechatronic system must, by its very nature, interface between electronic and mechanical components. When an electronic system manipulates a mechanical component, an actuator is necessary. Due to cost and dynamic constraints, the vast majority of actuators used in mechatronics consist of some form of rotary drive connected to an armature. Understanding the various types of actuators which are available, as well as the differences between them is key to making informed design decisions. The Quanser Mechatronic Actuators Board provides hands-on experience controlling and measuring the performance of the four most common actuator types: brushed DC motors, brushless DC motors, stepper motors, and servo motors. Designed exclusively for the NI ELVIS III platform and LabVIEWTM, the board also exposes students to industry-grade measurement and command fundamentals.

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