Maplesoft released a new product that allows engineers to integrate high-performance, multi-domain system models from MapleSim into B&R Automation Studio. The MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio is the result of a partnership between Maplesoft and B&R, formed to bring together products from both companies to save engineers time and effort for hardware-in-the-loop simulations and controller development, the companies said.
B&R Automation Studio is an integrated engineering development environment that allows the controller, drive, communication, and visualization phases of a development project to all be configured in a single environment. With this new connectivity between products, complex engineering system models can be developed and optimized in the visual modeling environment of MapleSim, and then the high-performance, high-fidelity MapleSim models are automatically converted to code for inclusion into B&R Automation Studio. The model code is fully optimized for high-speed real-time simulation, allowing engineers to get the performance needed for hardware, software, and operator-in-the-loop testing, the company says.
"Engineers can save significant time by determining the properties of their system before building a physical prototype through system-level modeling," said Laurent Bernardin, executive vice president, research and development, Maplesoft. "With the drag-and-drop physical modeling environment of MapleSim, Automation Studio users can easily add a system-level modeling phase to their workflow, without the need for difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone mathematical derivations. With a system-level model, engineers can optimize for the desired behavior of individual elements without risk of unexpected side effects in other parts of the system."
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