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Mechatronics Project Kit 40-100
Mechatronics is a discipline which integrates mechanics, electronics and computer technologies to enhance the performance of products, systems and processes.
Typical products exemplifying the approach are camcorders, computer disc drives, industrial robots & Motor cars. The Mechatronics Project Kit provides the means for students to design a self-guided vehicle from a set of modules, including two drive modules, two steering and one jockey wheel solutions & a microcontroller (PIC). The Project Kit enables students to develop skills in: q Mechanical & Electrical design q PIC Programming q Project Management Programming of the PIC is achieved through the Microchips own programming environment called MPLAB, which is freely downloadable from the website at http://www.microchip.com/.
The kit comprises of a number of different modules that can be used to construct a wheeled vehicle that will be capable of following a predetermined circuit on the laboratory floor. The modules include:
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Microprocessor control board with a microchip PIC16F877 running at 10MHz. dc Motor drive circuitry which has an interchangeable single or dual motor arrangement. Stepper motor drive either: Ackermann steering module or Single wheel steering module. Pivot wheel (using the same mechanism as the single wheel but with no motor). Five individual optical sensor boards. Short rectangle chassis. Long rectangle chassis. Long rectangle chassis tapered at one end. Ni-Cd 7.2V 1800mAh battery. Battery charger. A selection of brackets.
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Electronic control systems PIC usage and development PIC programming PC interfacing and applications Analogue and Digital I/O interfacing Electrical wiring Mechanical construction Power electronic H-bridge FET motor drive Stepper motor drive control Sensors optical and magnetic Project work design and construction of a wheeled vehicle
The dc motor controller board has two MOSFET H-Bridges so is capable of driving one or two dc motors independently. The motor control circuitry requires three input signals, one pulse width modulated and two TTL. The PWM frequency of the motor drive is 600Hz with an adjustable mark/space from 0 to 100%. The maximum speed is 20mph or 9 metres/second. The minimum speed is 111mm/second.
The following minimum PC configuration is required to run MPLAB:
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PC compatible 486 or better (Pentium recommended) MS Windows 3.1x or Windows 95/98 VGA display (Super VGA recommended) 8MB memory (32 MB recommended) 20MB of hard disk space Mouse or other pointing device
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. Reads programs from the target board and verifies correct programming.Sussex. Crowborough. Park Rd. The third option uses the same single wheel but without the control of the stepper motor. 3 timers and a watchdog timer. E-mail: feedback@fdbk. . q PIC board specifications q q Powerful Microchip PIC16F877 controller running at 10MHz. with 368´8 bytes of data memory. Hillsborough. Synchronous serial port (SSP) with I2C (master/slave). . Tel: +44 (0) 1892 653322. Website: www. . An optical sensor mounted at the front detects whether the steering is straight. Website: www. via a 2. There are five individual optical sensor boards for detecting the presence of the tape the buggy has to follow. 919-644-6466.uk. England. 2) Optical sensors.com ã Feedback plc 0700 .co. Fax: 919-644-6470. l l For further information on these and other equipment in the Feedback range please contact . There are three different steering options to choose from. . Circuitry is present to condition the back emf signal of the motor for analogue feedback to the PIC for the determination of the motor speed. The first uses an Ackermann steering arrangement which has a limited turning radius. High performance RISC CPU with a 35 single word instruction set and an interrupt capability of up to 14 sources. NC 27278 Tel: 800-526-8783. 437 Dimmocks Mill Road. Option two uses a stepper motor controlled single wheel mounted onto a shaft which has a full 360° rotation. . Feedback Instruments Limited.com.fbk. On-board low dropout voltage regulation allows the unit to be powered from an unregulated 5. All inputs and outputs are available via pluggable screw terminal blocks. Up to 5´8bit digital input/output channels. The boards can be mounted in a variety of different combinations and the student has to find the most effective. E.fbk.8° with the stepping motion incremented by the PIC via individual MOSFETS.1mm power inlet. A manual is provided detailing the parts available and one solution to the vehicle design is provided.com Feedback Incorporated.5V to 18V dc. PO Box 400. Regulated +5V dc can be sourced from several screw terminal connectors. 2 pulse width modulation output channels. two use a stepper motor with step increments of 1. 256´8 bytes of EEPROM data memory and 8K´14 bytes of FLASH program memory. in a jockey wheel arrangement. and can also be used as a stand-alone serial communications port.Mechatronics Project Kit 40-100 continued The dc motor controller board has two sets of sensors to detect the wheel speed and distance: 1) Magnetic Hall effect sensors. Up to 8 analogue input channels with a 10bit analogue-to-digital converter. E-mail: info@fbk. Digital I/O ports are also available via 26-way and 40-way IDC. Fax: +44 (0) 1892 663719. TN6 2QR. Allows download of programs developed with MPLAB directly to the on-board PIC. q q q q q q q q q Software Features l Provides communication between the PC and the target board PIC16F877. RS-232C serial port for downloading program to the on board PIC. via a 9-way D-type connector. An analogue temperature sensor has been placed next to the motor for analogue to digital conversion.