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B&R and Maplesoft partner to save time on hardware-in-the-loop simulations



Efficient development through physical modeling

B&R and Maplesoft partner to save time on hardware-in-the-loop simulations

Waterloo, Canada; 26 April 2011: B&R and Maplesoft announced a partnership that will bring together products from both companies to save time, effort and cost for hardware-in-the-loop simulations.

Being able to design an adequate machine or system model plays an important role in simulation-based development. At the same time, mapping out all the dynamic characteristics of a machine can take a lot of time. "Tools for physical modeling such as MapleSim™ from Maplesoft™ provide optimal support and reduce the amount of time and work considerably," said Philipp Wallner, Global Technology Manager at B&R.

The open architecture of Automation Studio - B&R's programming and development software - ensures that physical models designed in MapleSim™ can be transferred to B&R controller hardware in just a few easy steps. The result is a hardware-in-the-loop simulation that emulates the machine's behavior in real time, in a completely safe testing environment.

“Using MapleSim, Automation Studio users can very quickly develop high-fidelity models of the control plant, analyze the dynamics, and then generate highly optimized real-time code for the plant,” said Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Vice President, Research and Development, Maplesoft. “By adding an easy-to-use and cost-effective physical modeling phase to the automation workflow, engineers will be able to increase virtual testing prior to hardware commitments. A definite way to reduce costly design errors.”

The close cooperation between the two companies ensures optimal integration in Automation Studio, a clear and comprehensive workflow, and long-term support for the user.

About MapleSim
Based on advanced symbolic computation technology, MapleSim is an advanced engineering software tool for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation, including real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications.

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft™ is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft’s products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs, and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, a technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, a high-performance, physical modeling and simulation tool.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.