Innovative Controller Development with VINCENT
Developers and vendors of complex machinery and plants have to complete technically risky projects on time, at cost and to quality. Methods of integrated digital engineering provide valuable assistance.
Virtual models can be used to:
- validate concepts at an early stage,
- parallelize stages of development, and
- validate features
At the same time, coordination among everyone involved in a project is improved, thus reducing errors caused by a lack of communication.
Since the implementation of major engineered systems is a substantial technical and organizational undertaking, the Fraunhofer IFF developed the VINCENT software system, which is tailored specifically to the need and need of medium-sized machine manufacturers.
VINCENT makes it possible to visualize machines and their movements as well as to completely test their kinematics physically correctly. A virtual machine is created from a CAD model largely automatically. Using the digital interface that connects the real controller (PLC, PC or NC), the control code is tested and the machine is commissioned virtually before being built. Design engineers and control engineers collaborate closely from the onset. Real time collision testing detects faulty operations, thus eliminating damage to the real equipment. The real machine is commissioned with validated engineering and tested control code.