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MapleSim Insight greatly simplifies machine-level controller testing

30 July 2020

Maplesoft announced the release of MapleSim Insight, a new software product from Maplesoft that gives machine builders powerful, simulation-based debugging and 3D visualisation capabilities that directly connect to their automation tools. As a result, engineers can perform simulation-based testing of their controller easily and efficiently.

Simulation-based testing of machine control strategies is a key element of virtual prototyping and using digital twins for virtual commissioning. However, this step can be cumbersome, as many automation tools provide limited options for machine-level, simulation-based controller testing, and these options often require moving development to an entirely new platform. By providing a real-time connection to most common automation platforms, MapleSim Insight shows machine designers exactly how their control strategies will impact the machine. Adjustments and fine-tuning of the design can happen virtually, reducing the number of expensive physical prototypes that will be required. 

MapleSim Insight works with any automation tool that supports compiled Function Mock-up Units (FMUs), such as the Rockwell Studio 5000 Environment or MathWorks Simulink. The machine model is first developed in MapleSim, the advanced system-level modelling tool from Maplesoft, and then exported as an FMU, an open standard format for sharing models. MapleSim Insight connects to the automation tool and displays visual results in real-time to show how the model behaves as the controller is running. MapleSim Insight provides both 3D visualisations for quick visual feedback, and 2D plots to get precise answers for testing and debugging, so the engineer can always get the level of detail required. 

“Digital models are invaluable for the design and testing of a system, acting as a virtual test bench for the machine’s control software. But hooking the model into your preferred controller platform can be very difficult, and often one of the critical pieces for debugging – the visualisation of the mechanism itself – is lost,” said Chad Schmitke, Senior Director, Product Development, Maplesoft. “Now, with MapleSim Insight, visualising and interrogating your model is as simple as running an FMU in your preferred automation environment. You get the robust back-end code to emulate the physics, coupled with the plotting and visualisation necessary to interpret what is happening.”

MapleSim Insight is part of the MapleSim family of modelling and simulation products from Maplesoft. The newly released MapleSim 2020 lets you build and test models more quickly than ever, providing faster simulations, powerful new tools for machine builders, and expanded modelling capabilities. The MapleSim 2020 product family also includes the new MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library add-on, which allows engineers to easily incorporate winch and pulley systems in their machine models.

For more information, visit www.maplesoft.com


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