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New Possibilities for Digital Twins Emerge with the Integration of Tools

B&R MapleSim Connector simplifies model-based machine development

Waterloo, Canada; 29 January 2019: Maplesoft™ and B&R have announced the new B&R MapleSim Connector that will help simplify model-based machine development. It considerably reduces the time spent modeling machine components. With the new connector, machine functions become easy to program and deploy. B&R MapleSim Connector is seamlessly integrated in the B&R Automation Studio environment.

The B&R MapleSim Connector makes it efficient for B&R customers to integrate MapleSim, the modeling and simulation tool from Maplesoft. MapleSim creates a highly accurate, dynamic model of the machine based directly on CAD data. This model can then be used for accurate motor sizing, as well testing and comparing different designs. Additionally, the model can be used within Automation Studio to support the virtual commissioning workflow. This helps avoid the risk of costly design errors by finding them earlier in the commissioning process.

Efficient use of digital twins
The B&R MapleSim Connector offers two streamlined export functions for efficient use of digital twins in the development process. First, a model’s simulation data - containing accurate estimates of a motion’s required torque and forces - can be exported in a format directly readable by SERVOSoft. This gives it the information it needs to “right-size” the servo drives, motors and gearboxes. Secondly, the model itself, along with its CAD visualization, can be exported to Automation Studio for control code testing.


B&R MapleSim Connector creates a dynamic model of the machine in high detail based on CAD data

Transfer models to hardware quickly
Once in Automation Studio, the model can be simulated and transferred directly to the B&R control hardware. The result is hardware-in-the-loop simulation, where the machine's behavior is emulated in real time to create a controlled environment where the machine software can be tested safely. In this environment, all control parameters can be manipulated and the temperature behavior of the drive can be simulated. The behavior of the digital twin is visualized live in B&R Scene Viewer.

“Engineers can use Digital Twins to save significant time and cost by finding design and controller code issues well before physical prototypes are built,” said Kurt Zehetleitner, Group Leader, Engineering Software - Simulation and Digital Twin, B&R. “By including the visualization feedback within Automation Studio, the virtual machine’s dynamic behaviour can be readily observed without having to decipher it from plots and tag values - significantly improving the control code development process.”

To learn more about how to benefit from Digital Twins using MapleSim, read this whitepaper.

 

About B&R
B&R is an innovative automation company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world. On July 6, 2017, B&R became a business unit of the ABB Group. As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With Industrial IoT communication standards like OPC UA, POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering. The innovative spirit that keeps B&R at the forefront of industrial automation is driven by a commitment to simplifying processes and exceeding customer expectations.

For more information, visit www.br-automation.com.

 

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Maplesoft Engineering Solutions provide advanced tools and services for system simulation, calculation management, and systems engineering, helping organizations maximize the power of their engineering knowledge so they can complete their projects quickly and successfully. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, for technical computing and calculation management, MapleSim™, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation tool, and MapleMBSE, which supports a model based systems engineering approach to requirements management. Maplesoft products and services are used in machine design, robotics, aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, and many other fields where engineers face complex challenges. Key applications include the creation of digital twins, dynamic analysis of mechanisms, battery systems modeling, heat transfer modeling, and bus fleet electrification. Customers include Boeing, FLSmidth, Ford, Google, Intel, NASA, and Samsung.

Maplesoft is a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Group. For further details, please visit www.maplesoft.com.