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Optimising motion control software before the machine is commissioned

23 August 2017

Siemens has released the new software version 5.1 for the high-end Simotion motion control system including a facility for simulating user programmes.

With the Simosim simulation integrated into the engineering, users can now test their software without connecting any hardware. Programme parts are optimised at an early stage of the development phase, which shortens commissioning times later on. The functions of the object-oriented programming (OOP) have been expanded in software version 5.1 to make the creation of software more flexible. The new, highly modular Simotion software simplifies the implementation of motion control applications ahead of machine commissioning – in favour of a shorter time-to-market.

Simosim for simulation in the engineering enables online accesses and test functions to be executed just as if a real controller was connected. In addition to the debugging capabilities, such as the status programme, breakpoints and traces, and including the complete web and OPC UA server functionality, even axes can be simulated. This considerably speeds up the start of production, as it reduces time-consuming troubleshooting and programme adaptations on the actual machine. Simosim is also a key component in the end-to-end digital process chain, from the configuration to the cloud-based services.

In software version 5.1 for Simotion, Siemens has added OOPelements for the flexible, library-compatible software structuring of modular machine concepts: Mechanisms for the direct connection of I/O components in the programme code or for grouping functionally associated software elements in libraries are now supported.

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