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TMCNet:  Combination of MapleSim and B&R Automation Studio enables dramatic reduction in development time

[November 26, 2012]

Combination of MapleSim and B&R Automation Studio enables dramatic reduction in development time

Waterloo, Canada, Nov 26, 2012 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) -- New connector product provides seamless integration between product lines Maplesoft(TM) today announced the release of a new product that allows engineers to integrate high-performance, multidomain 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, the global leader in industrial automation, formed to bring together products from both companies to save engineers time and effort for hardware-in-the-loop simulations and controller development.
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MapleSim is an advanced physical modeling and simulation tool that applies modern techniques to dramatically reduce model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. 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 rapidly developed and optimized in the intuitive visual modeling environment of MapleSim, and then the high-performance, high-fidelity MapleSim models are automatically converted to code for easy 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, without sacrificing fidelity.

"Engineers can save significant time by determining the properties of their system before building a physical prototype through system-level modeling," says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice President, R&D, 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." "This partnership offers our customers many real benefits," says Kurt Zehetleitner, Technical Manager Automation Software, B&R. "By using MapleSim and the MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio, automation engineers can dramatically reduce the time they spend developing and analyzing their models, with the potential to save literally months of work in some cases. The resulting high-fidelity models are so fast that they can be used directly in hardware-in-the-loop simulations. With more accurate models in the testing phase, fewer expensive physical prototypes are needed. In addition, controller design and optimization begun in MapleSim can then be continued in hardware-in-the-loop tests with B&R Automation Studio on the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) level." About B&R B&R is a privately owned company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world.

As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology.

With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering.

The innovative spirit that keeps B&R at the forefront of industrial automation is driven by a commitment to simplifying processes and exceeding customer expectations.

Visit http://www.br-automation.com to learn more.

About Maplesoft Maplesoft(TM), a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft's core technologies include the world's most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft's products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs, and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple(TM), the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim(TM), the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft's customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.

Visit http://www.maplesoft.com to learn more.

About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.

CYBERNET SYSTEMS in Japan provides world-class solutions and services in the CAE and IT areas. For more information, visit http://www.cybernet.co.jp/english/ Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10171687.htm PRWeb.com

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