Hardware-in-the-loop or HIL has been a proven element of model-based development for many years. Machine models developed in simulation tools like Simulink or MapleSim are transferred via automatic code generation to a real-time environment where they emulate the behavior of the system. The result is a secure development environment for critical testing of new functions. Standard HIL solutions are based on expensive and unwieldy laboratory hardware, but industrial PCs from B&R offer a platform for this purpose. They can communicate using many standard fieldbus interfaces and are well-suited for continuous operation in harsh industrial environments. Using "Automation Studio Target for Simulink", system models implemented in the simulation environment are transferred to the real-time platform at the push of a button. A wide range of modern control and drive products makes it possible to model an entire system.
Edited by: Teoman Tugsuz