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Building Wireless Control Applications with XBee and LabVIEW

Department of System Engineering and Automation, Faculty of Engineering Vitoria-Gasteiz, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Nieves Cano 12, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Faculteit Industriële Ingenieurswetenschappen, KU Leuven—UHasselt, Agoralaan, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Fundación Centro de Tecnologías Aeronáuticas (CTA), Juan de la Cierva 1, 01510 Miñano, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(11), 2379;
Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 5 June 2019 / Accepted: 6 June 2019 / Published: 11 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering)
This study analyzed the application of the XBee technology for control applications embedded in big machinery. In particular, it presented the control layout, topology, design of frames, and error control mechanisms that are required for implementing wireless control networked applications. This study was devoted to presenting experimental use cases of wireless control systems that help the scientific community to design and implement new control systems. Experimental tests were carried out over a Single Input Single Output (SISO) control application to evaluate its use in close loop applications. The results of these tests have been discussed in detail. In order to clarify the use of XBee in control applications, a high precision positioning application has been presented. It involved a piezoelectric actuator that was remotely controlled by means of a Proportional Integral (PI) controller, which was implemented in LabVIEW over a NI myRIO platform. Both the sensor and the actuators were connected with the NI myRIO by means of the XBee anthenae. The results showed that even though XBee technologies present some drawbacks, such as a lower performance when compared to wired connections and the influence of interferences, they have the potential to be used in some scenarios for non-critical control applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: XBee; LabVIEW; wireless control; piezoelectric actuator; precise positioning XBee; LabVIEW; wireless control; piezoelectric actuator; precise positioning
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Calvo, I.; Barambones, O.; Chouza, A.; Abrahams, S.; Beckers, G.; Slechten, D.; Velasco, J. Building Wireless Control Applications with XBee and LabVIEW. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2379.

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