Robotics & Control Structure Interaction
With a diverse set of education and experience backgrounds, the robotics and controls team at ATA supports both services to industrial customers and technology research and development. Our services include control system design, developing physical models, mechanical system design, and operational testing. We are actively supporting clients in industries such as entertainment, aeronautics, and materials processing.
ATA’s core strength in structural dynamics testing and analysis is instrumental in developing robust and reliable control systems that must operate in the presence of dominant structural dynamics. Originating from our support of operational testing of rockets and boosters, these skills are used to meet the emerging needs in many fields, including entertainment systems, industrial systems, and advanced aircraft. Designers of show action equipment and animatronics benefit from our services when system dynamics fall outside the applicability of traditional PID controllers, as the control problem can quickly become nonlinear under certain operating conditions. Similar complex problems that benefit from our multidisciplinary expertise are present in aircraft where the interaction of aerodynamic control surfaces, such as wings and tails, and changing aerodynamic forces is extremely challenging.
Control of Dynamical Systems
ATA supports customers in a variety of industries with mechatronic system design, analysis, and test, including control system design and hardware development. These dynamical systems typically have multiple controlled degrees of freedom requiring simultaneous control of a suite of interacting sensors and actuators. Examples where this expertise has been used include animatronic figures, motion-based platforms, and articulated rides.
Our control system design and hardware development services and areas of expertise include the following:
- Requirements development: hardware specification, performance specification, input/output channels, arithmetic throughput, power needs
- Hardware and software architecture definition and development
- Control system design using tools such as MATLAB, Simulink, and Modelica
- Embedded control systems using microprocessor SoCs, ruggedized Mil-Spec hardware, lab-grade chassis, and rack-mounted systems
- Compact, low-power, and low-cost solutions: Beagle Bone Black, Raspberry Pi, Qualcomm SnapDragon, Arduino
- PLC-based SIL 3 redundant high-reliability and high-safety automation systems