Linear Motion Platform

With Quanser offering a complete Linear Motion Control Lab, sourcing reliable equipment need not distract you from your larger goals of attracting the best students, achieving desired learning outcomes and finding time to conduct your research. We can work with you to create a long term plan to build the lab you need while respecting your budget and timelines.

Your lab starts with the Linear Servo Base Unit (IP02) that helps teach control fundamentals to students in virtually every engineering discipline, including mechanical, civil, electrical, computer, aerospace, robotics and mechatronics.

A Solution for Every Lab. Whether you’re trying to enhance an existing lab on a small budget, building a new program within a more substantial budget, or sharing a larger controls lab with other engineering departments, you can now create a high-functioning Linear Motion Control Lab that satisfies your control teaching needs. You can teach classic control concepts or create multi-linear servo experiments.

Comprehensive Courseware. To save you prep time, several of the lab experiments come complete with comprehensive courseware, system model and pre-designed controllers. Whether you use the complete curriculum or just some of it, you’ll save months of course development time, and the more time you have available, the more you can accomplish as an instructor or a researcher.

Linear Double Inverted Pendulum

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Designing a controller that balances two links adds an extra challenge when compared to the single inverted pendulum system. The additional challenge of a second pendulum can be used to demonstrate advanced controls concepts, or as a basis for research.

Linear Flexible Inverted Pendulum

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The Linear Flexible Inverted Pendulum module augments the classic inverted pendulum challenge by including a flexible link that requires balancing. The Linear Flexible Inverted Pendulum module attaches to the Linear Servo Base Unit and has both a rigid long rod and a flexible link. The goal is to balance both pendulums using the base angle measurement as well the deflection angle of the flexible link.

Linear Flexible Joint

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The Linear Flexible Joint is a passive linear cart that connects to the Linear Servo Base Unit through a linear spring. As an implementation of the classical mass-damper-spring quadratic system, the linear flexible joint is an ideal textbook-type experiment. The experiment is useful in the study of vibration analysis and resonance.

Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum

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The Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum is an ideal way to introduce intermediate control concepts related to vibration analysis and resonance, encountered, for example, in linkages and mechanical transmissions. The experiment challenges students to design a state-feedback control system that can balance an inverted pendulum mounted on the linear flexible joint cart, while minimizing the spring deflection.

Linear Servo Base Unit with Inverted Pendulum

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The Linear Servo Base Unit is the fundamental unit for the Quanser linear motion platform. It is ideally suited to introduce basic control concepts and theories on an easy-to-use and intuitive platform. Use it on its own to perform several experiments, or expand the scope of this unit by adding on other modules to teach an even wider range of experiments. The scalability of the platform gives you an opportunity to expose students to a variety of linear control challenges for a minimal investment.


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The Seesaw module is ideal to introduce intermediate control concepts, involving dynamics and control similar to the inverted pendulum experiment. You can use it to demonstrate real-world control challenges related, for example, to the roll control in aircraft.