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Our DAQs can be used as a target for real-time code deployment. For example, the code generated by pysimCoder can be deployed to the EMB-DAQ1/EMB-DAQ2 for real-time control of an EMB plant. An external computer (host) can be used for data plotting, data storing, changing values on the fly (controller gains or reference setpoint, for instance), and interface with the DAQ.
Our DAQs are plug-and-play with pysimCoder, but they can also be used with other software packages such as STM32 software, arm/MBed tools, and MATLAB/Simulink.
If you already have a DAQ/hardware that you would like to interface with our actuators and sensors, we can assist you with the specifications, cables, and connections. Our products are extremely flexible (by design) and can easily connect to other hardware.

We can also supply items not listed bellow, including: test equipment, power supply (adjustable benchtop or fixed voltage), and all necessary wiring.

EMB-DAQ1

The EMB-DAQ1 is powered by a powerful STM32 32-bit ARM Cortex M7 MCU. Designed to interface seamlessly with our sensors, actuators, and interface module, it provides industrial connectors for a plug-and-play experience in a rugged enclosure.

Key features:

  • Real-time controller

  • STM32 32-bit ARM Cortex M7 MCU

  • USB powered

  • Connectivity include: Ethernet, Serial, CAN

  • Two Potentiometer Inputs with M12 Connectors

  • Two Encoder Inputs with M12 Connectors

  • Seven Digital Outputs (five if complementary PWM are used), 0 to 3.3V

  • Four Digital Inputs, 5V tolerant

  • Four 12-bit Analog Inputs (two for the potentiometers and two for the user) 0 to 3.3V

  • One Power Indicator LED (on when the DAQ is on)

  • One User LED (controlled via Digital Output)

  • Two PWM Outputs, with optional Complementary signals

  • Connector: screw terminal and M12

  • Additional inputs/outputs/peripherals available and configurable

  • Anodized aluminum body

  • Made in the USA

EMB-DAQ2

The EMB-DAQ2 is an "open enclosure" version of the EMB-DAQ1 that allows the user to interface directly with the controller board and shield. It has four cable glands instead of the M12 sensor connectors. This DAQ is recommended for prototyping engineers, mechatronics/robotics/electronics classes and labs as it provides maximum flexibility and access to the electronics.

Key features:

  • Real-time controller

  • STM32 32-bit ARM Cortex M7 MCU

  • USB powered

  • Connectivity include: Ethernet, Serial, CAN

  • Two Potentiometer Inputs with cable glands

  • Two Encoder Inputs with cable glands

  • Seven Digital Outputs (five if complementary PWM are used), 0 to 3.3V

  • Four Digital Inputs, 5V tolerant

  • Four 12-bit Analog Inputs (two for the potentiometers and two for the user) 0 to 3.3V

  • One Power Indicator LED, mounted on the PCB (on when the DAQ is on)

  • Two User LEDs, mounted on the PCB (controlled via Digital Output)

  • Two PWM Outputs, with optional Complementary signals

  • Connector: screw terminal

  • Additional connections made to the shield screw terminal

  • Additional inputs/outputs/peripherals available and configurable

  • Anodized aluminum body

  • Made in the USA

EMB-IM1

The interface module is designed to interface with a DAQ, controller, or circuitry to monitor and/or control a plant.

Examples of applications include blinking (DO) or dimming (PWM) LEDs, using a pushbutton to enable motion, change direction or operation mode with the toggle switches. 

Key features:

  • 4  Green LEDs

  • 2 Toggle Switches

  • 2 Pushbuttons

  • Connectors: screw terminal

  • Anodized aluminum body

  • Made in the USA

EMB-MOTOR DRIVER

This motor driver is based on the ST's VNH5019 H-bridge motor driver, using Pololu's carrier board (Link). It can easily connect to a DAQ via a PWM and two digital signals.

The open and accessible design of this module allows the user to directly interface with the board, ideal for classes such as mechatronics and electronics.

The board is mounted to an anodized aluminum base plate that has a 1/4-20" (M6) counterbore to secure to an optical breadboard.

Key features:

  • For brushed motors

  • Input voltage range: 5.5 to 24VDC

  • Logic voltage levels: 2.5 to 5VDC (works with our DAQs)

  • Output current: 12A continuous, 30A peak

  • Operation mode: voltage (speed)

  • Current sense analog output voltage range: 0 to 3.3V

  • Anodized aluminum machined base

  • Made in the USA

There are many options for amplifiers as the EMB system is controller, amplifier, and DAQ agnostic.

Our standard offerings are the EMB-Motor Driver and the ESCON 50/5 manufactured by maxon (Switzerland).

It can easily connect to a DAQ via PWM and direction (digital output), and it can be set to current more or voltage mode (torque or velocity). An analog output from the ESCON can be used for current measurement to a DAQ or oscilloscope. Safety features such as E-Stop button, enable signals, current limit, temperature limit/monitor, and much more can be set using the ESCON Setup Studio software, a free and simple to use software from maxon. We can configure the drive before shipment, and share the configuration files.

Key features:

  • For brushed and brushless motors

  • Input voltage range: 10 to 50VDC

  • Output current: 5A continuous, 15A peak

  • Operation mode: current (torque) and voltage (speed)

  • Made in Hungary

MAXON AMPLIFIER

EMB-ESTOP

This is a premium industrial emergency stop switch with round mushroom actuator. The HW switches from IDEC are known as "The best engineered switch in the world".

Key features:

  • DPST-NC (Double Pole Single Throw - Normally Closed).

  • Pushlock Turn Reset

  • 1m cable

  • Anodized aluminum body

  • Made in Japan

EMB-ACCELEROMETER

This accelerometer is based on the ADXL335 sensor from Analog Devices, using Adafruit's carrier board (Link). It outputs 3 analog voltages proportional to acceleration for each axis (X, Y, and Z).

The open and accessible design of this module allows the user to directly interface with the board, ideal for classes such as mechatronics and electronics.

The board is mounted to an anodized aluminum base plate that has a 1/4-20" (M6) counterbore to secure to an optical breadboard, or dove tail clamp. 

A common use for this sensor is with spring-mass-damper plants, with the EMB-Accelerometer sensor mounted to the moving carriage.

We can also supply a version with +/-16g rating (Link).

Key features:

  • Acceleration Rating: -3g to 3g

  • 3-Axis Sensing

  • Analog output voltage range: 0 to 3.3V

  • Analog output voltage at -3g: 0V

  • Analog output voltage at 0: 1.65V

  • Analog output voltage at 3g: 3.3V

  • Anodized aluminum machined base

  • Made in the USA

EMB-CURRENT SENSOR

This current sensor is based on the Allegro ACS711KEXLT-15AB-T hall effect linear current sensor, using Pololu's carrier board (Link). It outputs an analog voltage proportional to the current.

The open and accessible design of this module allows the user to directly interface with the board, ideal for classes such as mechatronics and electronics.

The board is mounted to an anodized aluminum base plate that has a 1/4-20" (M6) counterbore to secure to an optical breadboard.

Key features:

  • Bidirectional input current rage: -15.5A to 15.5A

  • Bandwidth: 100 KHz

  • Logic voltage levels: 3 to 5.5VDC (works with our DAQs)

  • Analog output voltage range: 0 to 3.3V

  • Anodized aluminum machined base

  • Made in the USA

WORKSTATION

This workstation from DELL is a workhorse, ideal for a laboratory environment where reliability is critical. It comes fully loaded with Python, pysimCoder and all the dependencies to use our EMB-DAQs "plug-and-play", right out of the box.

Note that these software packages are free and open-source, so you can setup your own computer if you would like. We can provide instructions if you wish to install yourself.

This package comes with a mouse, keyboard, and DELL 24" monitor standard, but other options are available, for example dual monitor setup or different screen size.

Key features:

  • DELL Precision 3460 Workstation (other options available)

  • Processor: 13th Generation Intel Core i7 (other options available, from i5 to i9)

  • Memory: 16 GB (other options available)

  • Storage: 512 GB SSD (other options available)

  • OS: Ubuntu 22.04 (Debian also available)

  • Includes mouse, keyboard, and DELL 24" monitor (other options available)

  • pysimCoder and dependencies installed and fully tested

  • Sample code for EMB plants loaded

For a quote or to place an order, contact us.

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