Siemens is presenting its automation range at the Matlab Expo 2018 in Munich on June 26. The spotlight will be on the new
engineering software Simatic Target 1500S V2.0 among other things. This will allow models which were previously produced using the
Simulink systems modelling software to be compiled in such a way that they can run on Simatic controllers without having to use high-level programming languages. A further key focal point will be the integration of Simatic S7 PLCSIM Advanced into Software in the Loop (SiL) simulations which does away with the need for separate hardware.
Simatic Target 1500S V2.0 allows the model’s ready-to-run code to be transferred to the controller with just a few clicks. In addition to this, it is also possible to directly connect Simulink models and controllers with each other, to monitor the process values in real time, and to optimize the parameter values. The Openness Interface of the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal provides a direct link between the model and the engineering framework which makes the workflow significantly easier.
Virtual simulation in just a few steps
Integrating Simatic S7 PLCSIM Advanced provides a comprehensive functional simulation by means of virtual controllers. The benefit for the user is that the model can be simulated in a virtual environment in just a few steps by integrating the unit, either as a piece of hardware via a Simatic Software Controller or even via SiL using PLCSIM Advanced. No special hardware is installed when using SiL, unlike the Hardware in the Loop (HiL) method. The resultant model of the software is converted into the specific code which is required for the target hardware. This code is run on the development computer together with the simulated model instead of on the target hardware, as is the case with Hardware in the Loop.
Ideal platform for high-level exchange of ideas
This year, Matlab Expo 2018 is primarily focusing on future-oriented technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), machine and deep learning, IoT (Internet of Things), predictive maintenance, data analytics and virtual prototypes. As part of the conference, visitors will also have the opportunity to take part in a total of twelve individual sessions and to exchange ideas with Siemens experts and other specialists.