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Latest innovations in virtual prototyping for complex motion control systems



This webinar will focus on the latest innovations in the design of complex integrated motion control systems with virtual prototyping environments for system engineers, control engineers, software engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and test engineers.

Motion control systems involving motors, actuators, electronics, and control software are very complex and involve many corner cases. Lab-only testing can lead to finding problems late in the development process or at a customer site, which not only has cost and schedule impact, but debugging these complex designs with limited visibility is extremely difficult. Fortunately, virtual - as opposed to physical – prototypes can be used to help make critical design decisions, size and integrate components from various disciplines, and verify system performance prior to building anything.

Supporting the notion of a virtual prototype, SystemVision by Mentor Graphics offers a development environment that supports progressive refinement of system models, from abstract to high-fidelity. The SystemVision environment can be used to design and virtually integrate BLDC and/or Induction machines; digital, analog and power electronics; and plant mechanical dynamics, and can be extended to include running embedded control software (modeled in Simulink or C-code), as well as verifying the system with a test program (developed in LabVIEW).

SystemVision also includes integrations with FEA-based motor design software, which analyzes a motor's physical geometry and material properties, and automatically generates an accurate behavioral model that can be simulated in the system context within SystemVision. This highly accurate motor model can help identify adverse interactions with the power electronics or sensor signal conditioning circuits and goes beyond what is possible with models only written in state space equations.

Additionally, SystemVision includes a link to implementation flows for embedded software, FPGA design, and printed circuit board design, allowing a feed forward of the models used in the architecture phases for use in the actual design of the system, and a detailed virtual verification using actual production software, digital logic, or analog PCB components. For example, the link to the Mentor Graphics DxDesigner schematic capture and Expedition printed circuit board design environment allows the system-level models to be used as a reference for the actual production electrical layout and then to bring back circuit card copper trace effects into simulation for thermal and mixed-signal noise coupling effects.

This webinar will provide an overview of the flow and then go into a detailed demonstration of a virtual prototype for an example motion control system with electronics, motors, sensors, actuators, and software.

What You Will Learn

  • Methodology for reducing time to market & increasing design robustness
  • Specific solutions to address design, verification, and test challenges
  • Tools & Flow to support tying requirements from specification through derived design and verification artifacts
  • Tools & Flow to support early modeling of software, analog, mixed signal, and motion control aspects of a system
  • Tools & Flow to support early virtual system integration at the algorithm / functional level
  • Tools & Flow to support early virtual system integration at the target language code / firmware level
  • Tools & Flow to support comprehensive virtual system verification and validation including test harnesses, application software, firmware, digital hardware, analog hardware, motors, actuators, and other multi-physics elements


About the Presenter

Presenter Image John Vargas

John Vargas has more than two decades of experience in electrical, software and systems engineering with a long track record of creating innovative products and developing next-generation processes to speed up product design cycles. He has worked in the computer, automotive, aerospace, and medical industries performing both research and new product development. Vargas currently focuses on helping key customers improve their processes by assessing their total system needs and applying Mentor's leading-edge technology solutions to resolve their challenges.

Who Should View

  • Project Managers tasked with reducing schedules while maintaining product quality
  • Managers of Software, Hardware & Test groups
  • System engineers responsible for defining complex functional requirements
  • Control engineers responsible for motion control system stability, reliability, and performance
  • System, software, or electrical engineers responsible for electro-mechanical system specification, design, and/or test
  • Engineering managers concerned about improving quality while reducing design-cycle time
  • Engineers and managers involved in developing manufacturing test environments for complex multi-domain systems
  • Engineers and managers involved in analog, digital, or mixed-signal design
  • Embedded C/C++ software developers working on complex multi-domain motion control systems

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