Thanks to the seamless integration of Speedgoat products with the MathWorks product family, it allowed the students to quickly implement and execute these real-time methods and algorithms without having to worry about setup issues or having to do cumbersome modifications of the software or hardware first to get the system working.
An additional benefit of working with Speedgoat products was the educational value of teaching the students about strict real-time constraints, deterministic execution of numerical routines, sampling, quantization-related issues, amongst other things.
The simple one-click compilation to produce a real-time executable code from the efficient Simulink-based programming allowed students to make a rapid prototype design of the control systems and test them on real industrial equipment without exchanging or adapting interface components.
The attractive product pricing and fantastic performance allowed UiA to acquire enough Speedgoat platforms to adequately equip all course students. As a result, within just three months of using the Speedgoat-MathWorks solution, a total of 42 students in the course were able to efficiently work simultaneously in smaller groups to create a fast plug-in operation of the target hydraulic loader crane and successfully complete their ambitious experimental control-related projects without any resource restrictions, such as access reservation or waiting times.
The Speedgoat products within the MathWorks software environment are now a permanent part of the practical project work assessment in the UiA’s Control Theory course. Further use will be explored for other Mechatronics master’s program courses taking place in the spring semester.