Time-synchronised hardware-in-the-loop simulation - Applied to sheet-metal press line optimisation
Journal article, 2012

This paper presents an off-line process parameter tuning method, focussing on complex control functions for automated manufacturing systems. The proposed method is based on a combination of simulation-based optimisation and time-synchronised hardware-in-the-loop simulation. Real industrial control systems, e.g., PLCs, are included in the simulation, executing the unchanged control code from the manufacturing plant. This approach allows all plant control functions to be included, even time-critical feedback loops and vendor secret blocks such as motion control. Consequently, the method suggested manages the problems identified in previously presented simulation-based approaches. Furthermore, a case study of an automotive sheet-metal press line has been performed to verify the proposed method, with successful results.

tools

Virtual manufacturing

Parameter tuning

system

Time synchronisation

methodology

model

PLC

Simulation-based optimisation

Author

B. Svensson

University West

F. Danielsson

University West

Bengt Lennartson

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Automation

Control Engineering Practice

0967-0661 (ISSN)

Vol. 20 8 792-804

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Software Engineering

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1016/j.conengprac.2012.03.019

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