FluidSIM allows users to freely design control systems, while interactively simulating these systems. Students and professionals can take advantage of this software.
This software enables users to easily design and analyze electropneumatic, electrohydraulic and electrical circuits. Furthermore, it contains an extensive component library as well as didactic materials.
The easy way to create circuits
FluidSIM is an electronic circuit design program targeted towards students, hobbyists and employees studying electrohydraulic, electro-pneumatic and digital circuits. The program features an intuitive drag-and-drop circuit editor with the option of adding every component with detailed descriptions, photos or animations for easy analysis and simulation testing of models or mathematical methods. Furthermore, Festo EasyPorts, OPC and DDE support facilitate communication with other software programs or hardware – making FluidSIM one of the most comprehensive and efficient alternatives to LabVIEW.
The program features an expansive library of pneumatic, hydraulic, electronic and electrical engineering components which students can drag-and-drop onto a circuit or pick as needed for quick assembly of their first circuit in mere minutes while learning how to navigate and work within it from scratch.
With a cutting-edge diagnosis concept, learners can identify defective components (using virtual measuring devices) and then repair them virtually, providing learners with practice of what they have learned while honing their ability to recognize typical errors – knowledge which they can apply directly in real-life conditions as simulated results mirror real ones.
Interactively monitor a self-created circuit while simulating it is one thing, but actively intervene and change its status by turning switches or valves is another unique capability of this software. Once calculated and simulated accordingly this system stands out among many of its competing products.
An additional highlight of the program is its capability of transferring and checking signals from external software programs such as MATLAB, EasyEDA or LabVIEW. This feature is particularly advantageous in mechatronics applications as it enables users to compare simulated and real-life results, helping identify errors and enhance quality results. Furthermore, its user-friendliness means it can be operated without prior training – not only that but it includes an integrated circuit diagram editor as well as educational materials making it an excellent learning tool for students, hobbyists or professionals alike!
The interactive simulation of self-created circuits
FluidSIM is designed for creating, simulating and studying digital, electro-hydraulic and electro-pneumatic circuits. The program features an intuitive circuit diagram editor with component descriptions, photos, sectional view animations and videos; all these media files and functions work seamlessly, making FluidSIM an excellent teaching and learning application. In addition, its simulation core allows users to test different models or complete mathematical procedures; additionally it lets users add labels with photos or video sequences to any component or circuit in FluidSIM.
With its innovative diagnosis concept, students find it simple and straightforward to easily identify defective components during simulations by using virtual measuring devices. Fault models for individual components depict typical defects which can easily be aggregated via dialog into error configurations for direct fixing during the simulation itself – making this software both invaluable for students as well as teachers preparing lessons or self-studying themselves.
No matter the setting or environment, FluidSIM is easy to set up and use in classroom or laboratory. The interactive tutorial ‘Simulating with FluidSIM’ guides beginners in getting started while the extensive component library lays a solid foundation for further study. Furthermore, our physical learning systems feature didactic materials that assist learners with understanding components and their functions better.
Licence Manager allows for easy licence management. Festo EasyPorts, OPC and DDE communication modules may also be integrated to facilitate flexibility of use.
This free program can be installed and run on computers running either Windows or Linux operating systems, or installed within virtual machines such as VMWare or Parallels to run it on Macs with Intel processors.
FluidSIM software comes in three editions: Standard, Basic and Expert. Teachers typically prefer Expert Edition while its two other editions are perfect for student and private use. Although its price can be steep for individuals on tight budgets, there are alternatives that offer similar functionality at reduced costs; such as EDA tools such as LabVIEW or Digital Logic Design which offer similar functionalities for electrical or mechanical engineering systems.
The novel diagnosis concept
FluidSIM for pneumatic and hydraulic circuits allows users to build, simulate and examine complex electronic, pneumatic, electrohydraulic and digital circuits using its extensive library of standard components. With virtual measurement instruments to track simulated processes and Festo EasyPort hardware integration providing real time control capabilities (hardware-in-the-loop).
FluidSIM’s simulation core accurately models changes of state and operation of switches and valves realistically, providing constant updates of status variables even if components are powered off or functioning differently. Furthermore, virtual measuring devices that can be connected to component connectors display current and previous values for voltage, amperage, pressure flow at each connection – these measurements may also provide information regarding voltage, amperage or amperage consumption at multiple connections simultaneously. In addition, failure models of various components that illustrate typical defects can be activated via dialogue dialogue and aggregated into an aggregate diagnosis configuration configuration.
Additionally, FESTO EasyPort components are integrated into the program for interactive simulation of complete electropneumatic circuits – making the software suitable for lesson preparation, classroom use and self-learning programs.
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The extensive component library
FluidSIM 6 provides users with access to an extensive component library, featuring pneumatic cylinders, directional control valves, sensors and many others. Each component’s detailed physical model can be found within the program with user-adjustable parameters for an enhanced simulation experience.
FluidSIM contains an assortment of failure models depicting typical defects. Through FluidSIM’s dialogue interface, these can be organized into configurations that can then be selected during simulation by learners as reference points for further inspection of simulated systems. Its new diagnostic concept also allows learners to easily recognize defective components and take corrective measures accordingly.
Additionally, this software features a virtual measurement instrument for monitoring simulated processes. This enables learners to conduct electrical signal analyses of up to 100kHz frequencies, aiding their comprehension of complex hydraulic and pneumatic circuits. Furthermore, training films and various didactic materials provide learners with additional support during their work.
The software’s intuitive operation, comprehensive didactic material and extensive library of components make it suitable for a broad spectrum of learners. Furthermore, individual learning requirements can easily be addressed by tailoring various functions within the program to individual needs.
FluidSIM is an ideal application for planning lessons, in the classroom or for self-study. Combining circuit diagram editor with component library, detailed component descriptions, photo galleries, sectional view animations and video sequences make this application user friendly for beginners as well as more experienced students alike.
FluidSIM software is compatible with Festo EasyPort hardware, enabling it to serve as a simulation controller in real systems (hardware-in-loop). Furthermore, FluidSIM works alongside MATLAB and Simulink to build physics-based models of pneumatic and hydraulic components; this enables engineers to design control systems in MATLAB before testing their performance in FluidSIM’s simulator – thus closing the gap between classroom learning and industrial workplace.