Galil Motion Controllers used in 6-Degrees of Freedom Platforms
- Posted on September 27, 2013
InMotion Simulation Systems uses Galil multi-axis motion controllers for precise control of their 2-, 3- and 6-Degrees of Freedom (DOF) platforms for their customized motion simulators. The electronically controlled platforms are in simulation systems designed for a variety of industries such as military, entertainment, museums, academia, and flight training.
The 2-DOF and 3-DOF platforms incorporate Galil's DMC-2123 2-axis and DMC-2133 3-axis controllers. For 6-DOF systems, Galil's DMC-4060 6-axis controller is used to manage the pitching, rolling, yawing, heaving, swaying and surging action of the simulator platforms. Galil controllers feature Ethernet connectivity and PID compensation with velocity and acceleration feed forward.
“The precise, real-time responsiveness, lack of latency, and motion of the simulator is critical to our ability to replicate as close to reality as possible the action of flight simulation, for example, or the sensation of a race care traveling at 200 mph. In every case, the motion platform must work correctly and safely, every time” says Mark Barry, President of InMotion Simulation.
InMotion Simulation uses its proprietary motion cueing software to send motion commands on-the-fly to the Galil controller which provides a point-to-point position tracking mode. Also used are the controller's low pass filter to keep the motion smooth and the define position feature to zero the system for accurate position reference.
“According to Barry, programming the Galil controllers is straight forward with easy-to-read documentation and plenty of functionality,” says Ann Keffer, Director of Marketing at Galil Motion Control.
To date, InMotion Simulation has hundreds of simulators operating worldwide in museums, trade shows, training and research facilities, universities, military bases, plus more. Some are replicating the sensation of helming a military gun ship or a race car, while others are training military personnel, testing antennas and bringing high adventure 5D (3D plus air and water blasts) theaters to movie and thrill ride enthusiasts.”
For more information about the InMotion Simulation application story, see http://www.galilmc.com/support/smartmoves.php. Detailed specifications for Galil's DMC-40x0 motion controllers can be found at http://www.galilmc.com/products/dmc-40x0.php and http://www.galilmc.com/products/dmc-21x3.php%20for%20the%20DMC-21x3 controllers.