SIMOSIM: Software tests without controller

Description

The requirements of machine manufacturers to optimize the project development software and thus reduce commissioning times are constantly increasing. In complex applications and comprehensive software projects, early optimization of program sections by means of a suitable test environment is therefore of primary relevance.

With the software version 5.1 of SIMOTION, the simulation is integrated in the engineering: SIMOSIM allows the immediate testing of the software during program development - without connected hardware, including the configured axes and kinematics.

Delivery release planned Q3 2017

Overview of technology

Online accesses and test functions like in a real controller.

With SIMOSIM, application programs can be tested during software development before they are executed on a real module. The simulation runs on the engineering PC and can also be used by SIMOTION SCOUT and SCOUT TIA. All of the required debugging options such as status program, breakpoints, and all traces are included. IO accesses for controlling the peripherals and the complete web server functionality are available. Via direct file access to the virtual CF card, user-defined websites can also be quickly and efficiently developed.

SIMOTION offers even more: The OPC UA server that functions in SIMOSIM allows access to SIMOTION data by external applications. Thus, online accesses and test functions can be carried out without any difference to a real controller.


Perfect integration in the overall digitalization process

SIMOTION also allows perfect integration of the simulation in the overall digitalization process: Machines can be put into virtual operation by connecting simulation software such as SIMIT or Mechatronic Concept Designer to SIMOTION.

Furthermore, the OEM with OPC UA uses the advantages of open communication for monitoring its production plant - e.g. Predictive Maintenance.


SIMOSIM is part of the engineering package SIMOTION SCOUT and SCOUT TIA of software version 5.1 and is thus automatically available.

Benefits

  • More efficient software development

  • Shorter commissioning times due to optimized software that is error-free early on

  • Reduced setup times and downtimes during adaptations in the field thanks to prior simulation

  • Perfect integration in the overall digitalization process