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Controllers

MGA offers customers a number of control/measurement units that perform standard functions, typically part of normal laboratory operations. These units are often installed as part of an upgrade to an existing facility but they can also be sold as part of a full system.  All of these systems are utilized at various MGA laboratories and the designs have been optimized for accuracy, ease-of-use, and dependability.

 

Dynamic Mobile Propulsion System

The Dynamic Propulsion System is utilized to control and release MGA built dynamic impactors. This system is to provide control aspects of a dynamic impact facility. However, in many cases, customers choose to utilize this unit for upgrading facilities purchased in the past. In many instances, this is done so that outdated computers related to data acquisition or impactor control can be replaced with current technology while still keeping the mechanical components of the system. The system itself is based on a state-of-the-art touch screen technology and can be easily adapted to existing systems. Controllers can be paired with a new frame or frame upgrade to offer position control and impact location memory along with a wireless control tablet. The system is easy-to-use and highly dependable.

See Dynamic Mobile Propulsion System in our catalog.

 

 

Dynamic Impact Workstation

The Dynamic Impact Work station and Pneumatic Propulsion System is a Nitrogen based propulsion system that incorporates all of the tools necessary to perform dynamic impact testing. This system is utilized to fire MGA impactors, trigger data/ camera systems, and provide overall control of the system. It is also ideal for upgrading older impact systems that have been outdated due to computer technology but otherwise acceptable from a mechanical perspective. Controllers can be paired with a new frame or frame upgrade to offer position control and impact location memory along with a wireless control tablet.

See Dynamic Impact Workstation in our catalog.

 

Hydraulic Controller

MGA’s Universal Hydraulic Controller is used to provide accurate control for test systems that utilize closed loop feedback with hydraulic cylinders. This unit is currently used in numerous MGA static test systemsincluding: seat anchorage, head-restraint, and roof crush systems. The controller is designed so that it is universal in nature yet customizable so that thesoftware can be developed for unique applications. It has also been designed for customers who would like to upgrade the controller hardware of existing systems due to changes in computer technology. In these cases, the mechanical components of the system are fully functional.

See Hydraulic Controller in our catalog.

 

 

Velocity Measurement System

MGA’s Velocity Measurement System (VMS) is a stand-alone device used for measuring the speed of objects that pass through its sensors. It utilizes the same technology as the integrated VMS unit within the impact workstation. However, rather than using an opto-coupler and flag, the device uses two laser beams between two perpendicular stanchions. Once both beams have been broken by a passing object, the device reports the resulting speed in a variety of units. The programming of the device also prohibits any residual speed measurements from a ricochet or any other object re-entering between the stanchions. The systems are mounted to two small tripods which is ideal for easy set-up in a number of environments.

See Velocity Measurement System in our catalog.

 

Life Cycle Durability

MGA’s Life Cycle Controllers are multi-purpose systems that have high levels of functionality and are ideal for conducting mechanical and power motor life cycle tests. These systems are designed to be portable so that laboratory personnel can get maximum benefits for testing that may be done at ambient or extreme environmental conditions. The machines are based upon shop-air and/or standard 110 VAC service. The units are designed with a control interface that is easy-to-use but has the capability for complex cycle sequences.

 

Pneumatic Life Cycle Station

MGA’s line of life cycle test stations has the potential to conduct many types of tests. The Life Cycle Station is a controller that will operate a series of pneumatic actuators to repeatedly perform a sequence of motions. This action is automated by the PC, and is programmed by the operator through easy-to-use software. Test personnel can choose from a large variety of cylinder options and set them up in numerous combinations to mechanically cycle or fatigue many different types of components. Test sequences can be controlled by any combination of time, limit switches (or proximity sensors), and force. Popular examples include load application, cycling on/off switches, functioning automotive seats, opening/closing car doors, etc. MGA has been conducting life cycle testing for many years and has optimized the design of this multi-purpose test tool.

See Pneumatic Life Cycle in our catalog.

 

Power Life Cycle Station

MGA’s line of life cycle test stations have the potential to conduct many types of tests. The Power Life Cycle Station is a controller that will operate a series of electrical connections to control DC motors that are utilized in many types of systems. The station is automated by the PC, and is programmed by the operator through easy-to-use software. Devices that require DC voltage may be attached to the controller through the wiring harness and then setup to perform limitless combinations of functions. Test sequences can be controlled by any combination of time, limit switches (or proximity sensors) and current. Popular examples include power seat adjustment, motor actuation, heating components, window cycling, etc.

See Power Life Cycle Station in our catalog.

 

 

For more information about MGA’s Controllers, please contact:

John Gizowski at john.gizowski@mgaresearch.com or by phone at (248) 577-5001.