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Innovative Learning Concept: Machine Simulator Controlled by a Generic Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Departments and Instituts: 
Computer Science, Institute of Visual Computing

Project description

The project objective is to develop a generic visual simulator of devices, systems and industrial plants, independent of a particular Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) vendor. This simulator platform will be part of an innovative learning concept for PLC programmers. The platform consists of a conventional PLC, a special I/O adapter, and a PC. The visual system simulator contains a PC software part that offers a number of training tasks with 3D visualisation. The system will have multi-lingual support for task
descriptions and the user interface.

Major focus areas in this project are realistic simulation of devices and their physical characteristics, realistic behaviour and reaction of the simulator on real control signals, as well as correct visual representation of real-time events and modulated signals with low latency. Special features, such as inducing simultaneous multiple failures and other malfunctions, have been recently integrated into the simulator. The simulation addresses the correct representation of high frequency input signals and how to adequately react to them.

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) under the Central Innovation Programme for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (ZIM) grant No. KF2992401.

Project manager at H-BRS

Prof. Dr Rainer Herpers

Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Multimedia Applications
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
rainer.herpers [at]


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