B&R MapleSim Connector for model-based machine development
Maplesoft and B&R announced the new B&R MapleSim Connector designed to help simplify model-based machine development. It's meant to reduce the time spent modeling machine components. With the new connector, machine functions are meant to be easy to program and deploy. B&R MapleSim Connector is integrated in the B&R Automation Studio environment.
The B&R MapleSim Connector allows B&R customers to integrate MapleSim, the modeling and simulation tool from Maplesoft. MapleSim creates a model of the machine based directly on CAD data. This model can then be used for accurate motor sizing, as well as testing and comparing different designs. The model also 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.
The B&R MapleSim Connector offers two streamlined export functions for 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. Second, the model itself, along with its CAD visualization, can be exported to Automation Studio for control code testing.
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 in which 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 behavior 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.