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ECP was founded in 1990 by H. Ali Pak and Thomas R. Parks to provide advanced equipment for control systems education in the academic and industrial workplaces. Doctors Pak and Parks have over 40 years of joint experience in control systems education and industrial control implementation. Together with their immediate staff, they have practiced and consulted world-wide in such diverse areas as automated manufacturing equipment, satellite attitude control, digital control electronics, sensor and actuator development, precision machine design, and real-time firmware implementation. In addition, they have lectured in control system theory, digital control implementation, and dynamical system analysis and have held over 50 industrial control training seminars. ECP products have benefited greatly from this unique mix of technical depth and training experience.

Since shipping our first system more than 12 years ago, we have continuously refined and expanded ECP's product line based on feedback from our customers and a rigorous development and test program. We invite you to compare our equipment to any other educational control system and are confident that you will find it unrivaled in quality, versatility, data processing capability, and ease of use.

In all these vital areas, ECP systems have gained a leading reputation in this field as witnessed by our many loyal customers who regularly comment on the superior quality of our systems. Our over 400 satisfied universities and industrial clients world-wide hail from such diverse institutions as those listed below. Here's what just of few of them are saying:

Dr. Robert H. Bishop, University of Texas at Austin “We have used ECP‘s Torsion/Disk and Inverted Pendulum Plants as classroom demonstration tools for several years. This year we will offer for the first time a new control laboratory course. We selected ECP’s models 205 and 210 because they have proven to be very reliable teaching platforms with clean dynamic properties. This has allowed us to efficiently build the laboratory course in a short time.”

Dr. Randy Freeman, Northwestern University “After 10 years of steady use of our 5 ECP Torsion/Disk Model 205 systems, we had their power electronic boxes upgraded by ECP last year to work with our new real-time controllers. These systems have yet to give us any problems in 11 years of operation. Their dynamic behavior relative to the equivalent theoretical models has been impressive. This year we decided to purchase 5 more ECP Magnetic Levitation (Model 730) systems as examples of MIMO nonlinear control plants. So far, we have found the Model 730 to be interesting and up to our expectations.”

Dr. Ron Hirschorn, Queen’s University, Ontario “We have been impressed with the durability and dynamic quality of the ECP system. This has enabled efficient implementation of a range of control experiments such as system identification, LQR, LQG, and sliding mode control. Agreement with analytical predictions has been excellent.”

Dr. Gregory Plett, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs “. . . this device provides dramatic and interesting demonstrations. The actuators and sensors are clean, high-quality devices, and the entire system is ruggedly constructed. This device is especially well-suited to demonstrate analysis and design techniques taught in classical . . . and modern analog and digital control.” (reference to ECP Model 730 MagLev system)

See ECP Systems In Action! The Undergraduate Control Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego uses 5 ECP apparatuses to perform a variety of exciting open and closed loop experiments. Go To Control Lab At UCSD

Brigham Young University
Case Western University
Clemson University
Johns Hopkins University
Naval Postgraduate School
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University
Purdue University
Rice University
Stanford University
State University of New York - Stonybrook, New Paltz
Texas A&M University
University of Arizona
University of California - Berkely, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Davis, Riverside
University of Colorado
University of Florida - Northern Florida, Central Florida
University of Illinois - Urbana, Chicago
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Dearborn
University of Miami
University of Southern California
University of Texas - Austin, San Antonio
Washington University
  Eveready Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Hitachi Control
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Canadian National Research Council
The Walt Disney Corporation

Canterbury Christ Church University - New Zealand
Concordia University - Canada
Hong Kong Polytechnic - Hong Kong
ICAM - France
Indian Institute of Technology - India
Lund Institute of Technology - Sweden
Moscow State University - Russia
Nanjing Univ. of Science & Tech. - P.R. China
National University - Taiwan
National Australian University - Australia
Oensingen University - Switzerland
Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden
Seoul National University - Korea
Simon Fraser University - Canada
UNICAMP - Brazil
University of Bahrain - Persian Gulf
University of Tokyo - Japan
University of Singapore - Singapore
University of Stuttgart - Germany
University of Singapore - Singapore