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Improved electro-hydraulic trainer stations

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2011 Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, 2011  1110740.(doi:10.13031/2013.37736)
Authors:   Dennis R Buckmaster, John Michel
Keywords:   Controller area network, education, electro-hydraulic, hydraulics, proportional valve, trainer

Parker Hannifin’s IQAN electro-hydraulic control system was installed on four hydraulic trainers to be used for hands-on lab instruction. Each Parker IQAN system includes a MD3 display/controller, XA2 expansion interface module, and ICL joystick. The updated trainers will be used to teach students about mobile Controller Area Network (CAN) systems, pulse width modulation, proportional valves, sensors, wiring schematics for components, and electro-hydraulic software programming. The system is flexible enough to enable instruction ranging from operations, calibration, diagnostics, practical wiring, to algorithm and interface development. Videos demonstrating the improved trainers are online.