The Mathworks combines mechanical simulation and control design

Natick, Mass. - The MathWorks Inc. announced April 17 the availability of SimMechanics, a suite of tools for engineering design and simulation of mechanical systems within the Simulink environment. The release of SimMechanics provides tools for control designers modeling mechanical systems.

04/22/2002


Natick, Mass. - The MathWorks Inc. announced April 17 the availability of SimMechanics, a suite of tools for engineering design and simulation of mechanical systems within the Simulink environment. The release of SimMechanics provides tools for control designers modeling mechanical systems.

SimMechanics and Simulink allow engineers to model a physical plant and simulate the controller in one environment. SimMechanics enables communication and collaboration between separate working groups such as mechanical engineers and control system engineers. With the ability to model both mechanical systems and their controllers in Simulink, the time and expense to build controllers for mechanical systems is dramatically reduced.

SimMechanics provides controls engineers in the automotive, aerospace, robotics, industrial equipment, and manufacturing industries with new capabilities for the model-based design approach. For example, using SimMechanics engineers can analyze their designs early in the design cycle, allowing them to evaluate the performance of the system, make adjustments, and eliminate problems before committing to a detailed design. As a result, cost-savings and optimized development cycles are realized.

"In today's competitive marketplace, engineers are designing increasingly complex and sophisticated controllers for mechanical systems," said Jay Sharp, physical modeling product manager at The MathWorks. "Now, market pressures mandate shorter development times with improved product safety and reliability. SimMechanics allows engineers to model and simulate their designs at the beginning of the design cycle. Then, they can test the behavior of their controllers with an accurate mechanical model. This ability to simulate the mechanical model with the control system reduces the need to build costly physical prototypes."

SimMechanics version 1.0 U.S. list price starts at $4,000, with the total price for a MathWorks virtual prototyping seat (MATLAB, Simulink, SimMechanics, Virtual Reality Toolbox and Control System Toolbox) equaling $10,700.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
gmintchell@cahners.com





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me