Ball Balancing Table

2-DoF Control Platform for Teaching and Research
ACROME Ball Balancing Table is an innovative ball plate experiment system suitable for controls and mechatronics education and advanced research topics.

OVERVIEW

Ball Balancing Table, with its easily accessible and user-friendly components, is a hands-on experiment, closing the gap between real industrial systems and DIY-approach. Students can understand the effects of different controller types on the system and easily cover controller design concepts with control system experiments. The ready-to-use courseware and a wide range of software options give the maximum flexibility to learn the essential aspects of control theory by experimenting. The system is also suitable for graduate studies for designing advanced controller types such as robust control, adaptive control, and so on. Open-source software makes it possible that students and researchers can modify and test their own developed algorithms.

SOFTWARE OPTIONS

LabVIEW, Real-Time (optional), FPGA (optional)
Altair Activate
Executable & GUI
Python
LabVIEW, Real-Time, FPGA (optional)
Python and OpenCV
API for External Control (Examples for LV, Matlab, Python)
MatLab/Simulink
C with STM32 software
API for External Control (Examples for LV, Matlab, Python)
* Different controllers may require

PLATFORM OPTIONS

Local PC (Windows)
Digital-Twin
Local PC (Windows / Mac OS)
Remote Lab

APPLICATION AREAS

Professional Photography
Medical Applications
Wearable Items
Quality Assurance
Engineering Research Applications
Positioners' Algorithm Research

FEATURES

Assembled and ready to control plant with the integrated power unit

Getting Started Program with rich Graphical User Interface for out-of-the-box user experience

Implementation of advanced digital control techniques

Fully compatible with MATLAB®/Simulink®, LabVIEW™ and Altair Activate®

Fully documented system models and parameters provided for MATLAB®/Simulink®, LabVIEW™, Altair Activate®

Ball position feedback using a high precision touch surface (camera-based feedback optional) Actuating the table by RC servo motors, which are familiar to students

Rectangular and circular path options are integrated into the software

Enables students to create their own real-time algorithms. Open architecture with extensive courseware, suitable for undergraduate courses for engineering disciplines related to control systems

Digital twin available in Altair software.

CURRICULUM

Components of Ball Balancing Table
RC Servo Motors
Touch Sensor Controller
Acrome Power Distribution BoxMechanics of the System
FUNDAMENTALS OF PWM
PWM Signaling Theory
Generating PWM Signals Driving
RC Servos with PWM Signals
SYSTEM MODELING
Lagrangian Method
Newton’s Law of Motion
Modeling of Actuator
Obtaining Transfer Function
FEEDBACK IN CONTROL SYSTEMS
Reading Ball Position from Touch Sensor
Derivative Filtering
PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Time Domain Characteristics
Steady State Response and Steady State Error
CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN
Design of Linear Controllers
PID controller and Fuzzy Logic Controller
Comparing the Simulation and Real System Responses for Different Controllers
CONTROL SYSTEM VERIFICATION
Frequency response analysis
Experimental Bode Diagram
Cut-Off Frequency Determination
SPECIFICATIONS

*We offer customization in our product upon customer’s request.

Applications That You Can Do With Brushed DC Motors

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The article discusses the applications of Brushed DC motors, particularly when paired with ACROME's Smart Motor Drivers (SMDs). SMDs are designed to control these motors with high precision and efficiency. They come with built-in safety features and a PID controller for more precise control. They also support daisy-chaining, which allows multiple SMDs to be connected together, reducing wire clutter and making projects more manageable.

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Applications That You Can Do With Brushed DC Motors
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The article discusses the applications of Brushed DC motors, particularly when paired with ACROME's Smart Motor Drivers (SMDs). SMDs are designed to control these motors with high precision and efficiency. They come with built-in safety features and a PID controller for more precise control. They also support daisy-chaining, which allows multiple SMDs to be connected together, reducing wire clutter and making projects more manageable.

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Exploring Control Systems and Stability: A Comprehensive Guide to Ball Balancing Tables and Bode Diagrams
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The Ball Balancing Table is described as a versatile platform with various software options, allowing users to experiment with different control strategies. Bode diagrams are highlighted for their role in observing system stability, assessing performance, designing controllers, and troubleshooting. The document emphasizes the practical applications of these tools in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theoretical concepts and practical applications in control systems engineering.

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PID Controller Design with STM32 Microcontrollers | Acrome
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Explore the implementation of a PID controller on the STM32 platform to achieve optimal performance in controlling the position of a ball on a balancing table.

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Understanding PID Control: 2-DOF Ball Balancer Experiments
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This article explains how to use PID controllers to solve a real-world balance problem. We need to calculate PID gains to do so. Let’s examine real-life balance problems with ACROME's Ball Balancing Table and Ball and Beam.

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What is Control Engineering?
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Control engineering is a branch of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering that deals with the design and application of control systems. The control engineering department has bachelor's programs (generally 4-year education) as well as master's and Ph.D. programs as well. As an engineering discipline, the graduates are titled as Control Engineers.

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