Advanced Mechatronics for High Performance Motion Control

(October 22, 2008)

Danaher Motion Performance Controls (MEI), in partnership with The MathWorks, is hosting a free half-day seminar on Advanced Mechatronics for High Performance Motion Control on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at the Boston Marriott Newton hotel.


This seminar is geared toward engineers who are unfamiliar with MechaWareTM, but have at least some familiarity with MATLAB® and Simulink®, including electrical and mechanical engineers developing mechatronic systems, embedded control system engineers, real-time software developers, and control system analysts and developers. There is no cost for the seminar, but attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements and related expenses. Attendees will receive an introduction to model-based motion control design with MATLAB and Simulink, and through live demonstrations, will learn how to simulate and design smaller, faster, lighter and more precise machines with reduced weight and stiffness using MechaWare 3.0 ­- the industry's only mechatronic toolkit.


"System resonance and vibration control are serious issues in more complex motion systems, and anyone who's been designing and implementing these systems for any amount of time knows that standard PIV and PID control algorithms may not provide a sufficient level of performance," says Director of Global Application Engineers for Danaher Motion, Bill West. "That's why we're very excited to be working with The Mathworks to demonstrate a solution that will provide measureable benefits to the user."


The solutions presented by Danaher Motion and The MathWorks are found in their MechaWare 3.0 and MATLAB and Simulink tools, respectively. MechaWare 3.0 is the industry's only mechatronic "toolkit" that enables the seamless integration of mechanical systems with control software design, while delivering a streamlined workflow between control model development and real-time machine testing. "Through simple integration with MATLAB and Simulink, Mechaware delivers direct download of run-time code, and test and measurement of real-time machine performance," says West. "The bottom line is, results for the user are faster design iteration cycles leading to superior motion system performance, faster time to market, and reduced machine costs," he continues.


"MechaWare enables the use of Model-Based Design by engineers, who already realize the time- and cost-saving value of employing Simulink for mechatronic system design," says Tony Lennon, The MathWorks Industry Manager for Industrial Automation. "As a result, we expect this seminar to be of significant value to software and mechanical engineers who need to work together to make high performance mechatronics work, seamlessly."

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