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Hardware-in-the-loop for the automotive industry

14 April 2011

Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) is a proven method of model-based development. Machine models developed in simulation tools like Simulink or MapleSim are transferred via automatic code generation to a real-time environment where they emulate the behaviour of the system. The result is a secure development environment for critical testing of new functions. Standard HIL solutions are based on expensive and unwieldy laboratory hardware, but industry-proven PCs from B&R offer an alternative.

B&R systems can communicate using many standard fieldbus interfaces and are well-suited for continuous operation in harsh industrial environments. Using Automation Studio Target for Simulink, system models implemented in the simulation environment are transferred to the real-time platform at the push of a button. A wide range of modern control and drive products makes it possible to model an entire system. And according to B&R's Elmar Zimmerling, developers of test stations or test environments in the automobile and aerospace industries, in particular, are able to profit directly from the advantages of B&R systems.

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