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Increased efficiency during development through physical modeling

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 of the dynamic characteristics of a machine can take up a lot of time. "Tools for physical modeling – for example, 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 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 of R&D at 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 B&R and Maplesoft ensures optimal integration in Automation Studio, a clear and comprehensive workflow and enduring support for the user.

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