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Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

That sinking feeling - with complete digital accuracy

Box office figures have confirmed that the most recent James Bond film 'Casino Royale' has been one of the most successful in this ever-popular franchise. Although the film steers clear of some of the more traditional gadgets that 'Q' can muster up, it still has a breathtaking array of special effects scenes. One of the biggest, the sinking of a Venetian building, required the smooth and safe operation of a huge rig that had to sink one of three motion bases (the largest weighing 80,000kg) into the large water tanks at Pinewood Studios just outside London. The control system for the rig centred on an M3000 system from Moog and for this application can be split into the hardware (Moog Servo Controller - MSC), and software - Moog Axis Control Software (MACS). It was used to control six digital MOOG Axis Control Valves (ACV), which, in turn operated six hydraulic actuators. Feedback of the actuator position was achieved using a number of SICK|Stegmann BTF wire-driven encoders.

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