The Linear Motion Control Lab is one of the most popular, flexible and modular solutions for teaching controls. Based on the world’s leading turn-key platform for controls education, it is designed to help engineering educators reach a new level of efficiency and effectiveness in teaching controls.

  • High quality DC motor and gearbox
  • High resolution optical encoders to sense position of the cart and pendulum angels
  • Two pendulum sizes supplied: medium and long
  • Seven add-on modules to expand the use of the base unit (modules can be purchased separately)
  • Easy-connect cables and connectors
  • High quality aluminum chassis with precision-crafted parts
  • Fully compatible with MATLAB®/Simulink® and LabVIEW™
Modeling Topics
  • Derivation of dynamic model from first-principles
  • Transfer function representation
  • Model validation
  • Derivation of dynamic model using Lagrange
  • State-space representation
  • Linearization
Control Topics
  • PID
  • Lead Compensator design
  • Linear-quadratic regulator (LQR)
  • Hybrid control
  • Pole placement
  • Energy-based/non-linear control

The following additional components are required to complete your workstation, and are sold separately:

For Simulink

  • QUARC® add-on for MATLAB®/Simulink®
  • Quanser VoltPAQ-X1 linear voltage amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • Quanser Q2-USB
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe


  • Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (Q-RCP) Toolkit® add-on for NI LabVIEW™
  • Quanser VoltPAQ-X1 linear voltage amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • NI CompactRIO with Quanser Q1-cRIO
    • NI myRIO with Quanser Terminal Board
    • Quanser Q2-USB
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe

Product Details

Rack dimensions (L x W x H) 102 cm x 15 cm x 6.1 cm
Cart travel 81.4 cm
Pendulum workspace (L x W x H) 219 cm x 30 cm x 127 cm (56 cm below the desk surface)
Cart mass 0.38 kg
Cart weight mass 0.37 kg
Motor nominal input voltage 6 V
Motor maximum continuous current (recommended) 1 A
Motor maximum speed (recommended) 6000 RPM
Planetary gear box ratio 3.71
Cart encoder resolution (in quadrature) 4096 counts/rev
Medium pendulum mass (with T-fitting) 0.127 kg
Medium pendulum length (pivot to tip) 33.65 cm
Long pendulum mass 0.230 kg
Long pendulum length (pivot to tip) 64.13 cm
Pendulum encoder resolution (in quadrature) 4096 count/rev

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