Smart Device Builder
Define Devices for use in Controls Engineering
Programmers use DELMIA SmartDevice Builder (SDB) to create devices for use in controls engineering (SmartDevices) by adding input and output connections and behavior logic. A SmartDevice can be as simple as an automatic clamp or as complex as an entire workstation. Once you create and validate a SmartDevice, you can save it to a resource catalog. Downstream controls engineers can use it as they author and validate manufacturing controls logic.
- Leverage and reuse.
- Time savings, cost savings, and reduced risk.
- Improved understanding between OEMs and suppliers.
- Safe evaluation of alternate strategies.
- Standardization of controls behavior logic.
- Improved quality.
Virtual models of controlled devices.SDB lets you build virtual models of all the controlled devices in a workcell, line or factory by defining their input and output connections and behavior. The controls engineer can leverage models created by other stakeholders--for example, by a robot programmer--and update the model with programmable logic controller (PLC) -compatible I/O capabilities and behavior.
Easy definition of device behavior.An easy-to-use graphical editor lets users define a device’s behavior logic. You can define device conditions and actions and simulate specific actions such as changing a device’s color.
Sensor and conveyor SmartDevice definition.SDB gives you the intrinsic definition of sensor and conveyor devices. You simply apply the sensor or conveyor logic to the relevant device, and users can enrich the definition to meet specific requirements.
A lifelike Conveyor.SDB includes the V6 Lifelike Conveyor, complete with the control logic that defines the device behavior. Objects on a Lifelike Conveyor behave as they would in the physical environment. For example: when parts bump against each other, or against conveyor guide rails, they react according to the principles of physics. Lifelike Conveyors provide a realistic understanding of issues that may occur during production. They also give you accurate estimates of part transport times.
Graphical editor virtual controller setup.SDB gives you a graphical editor for automatic mapping of the input/output connections of each controlled device in a virtual model to a virtual controller, based on naming conventions. Connect the virtual controller to the physical PLC, and this virtual controller mapping can be leveraged by DELMIA Virtual Controls Validation (VCV) to validate controls logic.
Library of device logic that supports standardization and simplifies effort.SDB lets you capture a device’s logic behavior and store it in a library. This behavior can be leveraged by the controls engineer and applied to new controlled devices to further simplify new-device definition. The library of device behavior is useful for implementing standards for the way device behaviors are defined and implemented.
Leverage and re-use of SmartDevices with catalogs.Once a SmartDevice model has been created and validated, it can be stored in a catalog for use by controls engineers throughout the enterprise.
Simulated SmartDevice behavior for validation.SDB’s V6 3D immersive environment lets controls engineers validate the behavior of controlled devices in the context of the shop floor. This gives the user the best possible understanding of the environment in which the controlled logic is executed.
Support for multi-cycle simulation.SDB lets you define the part sources and part sinks that provide production part entries to the system and exits from the system during simulation. Users can define the rate at which parts will enter the system and monitor the rate at which parts exit the system. This capability provides necessary support for the realistic simulation of a multi-cycle production scenario.
2D HMI Control panel editor.You can use SDB to create a user-friendly 2D representation of a control panel. With this virtual control panel, you interact with the simulation of the controlled system. Creating the panels is easy and fast with the catalog of predefined gadgets: pushbuttons, lamps, displays, gauges, and more. Users can test the controlled system’s logic by introducing defects (for example, emergency stops and broken wires) and visualize the system state for virtual commissioning.