Machines are becoming increasingly complex and engineering lead times ever shorter. The means that there is less time for investigating and specifying everything beforehand. There is often a lack of ready knowledge because solutions are becoming increasingly innovative.
In the area of automation, JB Systems has adapted its methods to this and developed tools that support this way of working.
In order to implement complex projects in an efficient and effective way, JB Systems decided a few years ago to adopt the SCRUM method within its procedures. JB Systems has modified a number of aspects of the SCRUM method in order to make it workable within the area of industrial automation.
JB System has certified SCRUM masters to ensure that the method is implemented in the correct way.
Simulation environments are important tools within the SCRUM methodology for being able to track and validate the developments of the software together with the client. There are various simulations:
- Functional simulations (I/O simulatie)
- 3D simulations
- Dynamic simulations
The advantages of simulation are:
- Insight into the automation solution at an early stage;
- Testing and validation take place independently of the real installation or machine, and
- Extensive testing without risk to the real installation or machine
JB Systems makes use of Winmod to realise the functional simulations. The company is also an official Solution Partner for Winmod.
3D real time simulations
“A photo says more than a thousand words” (Arthur Brisbane 1911)
This saying is as valid today as ever. By making 3D visualisations on the basis of existing 3D files, such as FBX, DWG or STEP files, and linking these to the PLC control in real time, everyone involved in the project gets the same insights. 3D simulations are used for the following purposes:
- Ergonomics (spatial insight)
- Training purposes
- Commercial purposes
- Virtual Mockup
- Service purposes
- HIL testing
3D simulations can be supplied in various forms, during development of the software as a simple wire model for training purposes a realistic model, if necessary with dome or VR goggle.
As the complexity of the applications increases, it is becoming increasingly important to consider dynamic behaviour in the development of the automation beforehand. JB Systems has extensive experience of the coupling of dynamic models to the functional and virtual simulations, e.g. on the basis of Matlab Simulink or Orcaflex.