Participating in the National Manufacturing Week in May 2011, drive automation provider SEW-Eurodrive will give visitors the opportunity to race the Melbourne Formula 1 circuit via a simulator.
Recently designed and manufactured by CKAS Mechatronics in Tullamarine, Victoria using SEW motion technology, the Formula 1 simulator is sure to attract a lot of visitor attention at the NMW 2011 show.
The CKAS F1 6DOF is a six-axis motor vehicle simulator based on the design of the company's six-axis Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)-accredited motion system, the CKAS V4 6DOF.
The race-car simulator comprises a driver platform mounted on a modified Stewart platform design with six struts attached to the platform frame.
Each strut is attached to a shaft-mounted crank-arm, driven by an SEW-Eurodrive R series geared AC induction motor and MOVITRAC 'B' frequency inverter. The simulator features a total of six pairs of SEW geared motors and inverters.
SEW-Eurodrive’s MOVITRAC 'B' frequency inverters help the motors achieve precise speed, acceleration and positioning control.
Each MOVITRAC ‘B’ is linked to a microcontroller module via analogue I/O. A conventional 'plug-and-play' USB connection provides the link between these microcontrollers and a supervisory PC equipped with high fidelity racing controls and a large video display.
Safety is built into the system although the motion simulation mimics a high-performance race-car.
According to SEW-Eurodrive Managing Director, Robert Merola, the reduced backlash of the R series, combined with the smooth ramp function of the MOVITRAC ‘B’ ensures that the gearbox, struts, platform and driver are not subjected to undesirable shocks with changes of direction.
The high power density, compact design and flexible mounting options of the R series ensured a straightforward and space-saving installation.
The simulator’s ingenious design also generated a number of original applications for SEW's drive technologies.
CKAS Director Chris Kasapis is highly impressed with the ability of the flexible industrial frequency inverter/gear motor combination to be adapted in a highly dynamic, multi-dimensional motion control system.
He says that the simulator’s performance is comparable to full servo motor control with the MOVITRAC ‘B’s advanced speed control allowing the simulator to execute smooth and rapid movements.
SEW-Eurodrive is exhibiting at National Manufacturing Week 2011 at stand No. 2900, Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 24 May to 27 May, 2011.