New MapleSim 6.1 release delivers advanced model development and analysis, extended toolchain connectivity and quicker results

April 2013: Maplesoft (Waterloo, Canada) has announced a new release of MapleSim, the advanced system-level modelling and simulation platform. With improved performance, more tools for programmatic analysis and model development and expanded connectivity options, MapleSim 6.1 helps engineers meet and exceed their system-level requirements.

MapleSim 6.1, available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts.), offers a modern approach to physical modelling and simulation, dramatically reducing model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. In MapleSim 6.1, improvements to the simulation engine mean that MapleSim can produce simulations faster than ever before.

The MapleSim Application Programming Interface (API), a collection of procedures for manipulating, simulating and analysing a MapleSim model in the Maple document environment, has been expanded to provide more flexibility for model creation and analysis.

For example, new API commands make it easier to analyse the parameters in a model programmatically, so they can take advantage of the full processing power of the computer, automatically detecting and using all available processor cores to perform computations in parallel whenever possible. As a result, engineers can perform large numbers of computations rapidly and get results faster.

Other improvements include expanded connectivity options with the new MapleSim Connector for JMAG®-RT, enhanced support for Modelica, and a new transparency option for the visualisation of multibody objects that allows engineers to add additional visual context to their models. MapleSim 6.1 is fully compatible with the recently released Maple 17, so MapleSim customers can also take advantage of all the enhancements of Maple 17, including a wide variety of improvements in both the computation engine and interface.

“Advanced projects require advanced tools, and our customers appreciate the open, ‘white-box’ modelling environment of MapleSim that gives them immense control over their modelling and analysis,” says Dr Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft.

“MapleSim is a vital component of the toolchain for many organisations,” added Mike Pisapia, Managing Director of Adept Scientific, “and with the new features in MapleSim 6.1, it’s even easier for customers to perform the analyses they want and get the results they need, fast.

“We’re convinced that this latest release makes MapleSim a must-have software resource for every engineer needing state-of-the-art physical modelling capability.”
The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the World’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

About Adept Scientific plc

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at https://www.adeptscience.co.uk; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

MapleSim aids in the design of RoboThespian, a robot that walks and talks

 

Maplesoft (Ontario, Canada) has announced its collaboration with Engineered Arts Limited, a company that designs and produces the revolutionary RoboThespian™ robots. The current RoboThespian is a life-sized, programmable, humanoid robot designed to be used for entertainment and communication. It can talk and sing – and even recite Shakespeare. The next generation RoboThespian robot will be a full size humanoid dynamic robot that walks, runs and jumps. Available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), MapleSim, is playing a critical role in the design and modelling of this balancing and walking robot.

The goal of the RoboThespian project is to make humans think more deeply about humanoid robotics and artificial intelligence. Cinematic, theatrical and engineering techniques combine to produce entertaining robots that tackle challenging ethical, environmental and social issues. Being fully interactive, user friendly and able to speak more than a dozen languages, RoboThespian is capable of communicating and entertaining in a way that few people have experienced before.

RoboThespian robots are used by science centres in 14 countries and can be seen entertaining and educating visitors in theatrical installations around the world. Max Q, the RoboThespian installed at NASA Kennedy Space Center, is programmed to answer questions about space including the Hubble Telescope and an astronaut’s life in space with the goal of educating and inspiring visitors.

A walking robot will not only take RoboThespian’s performance as an entertainer and educator to the next level, but the robot prototype will also be used as an advanced research platform that explores verbal and non-verbal communication, human-robot social interaction, object tracking and recognition and many other areas.

“The next generation RoboThespian has a full-sized dynamic humanoid design which presents complex challenges,” said Will Jackson, Director, Engineered Arts Limited. “With it we will take robotic engineering to levels of complexity and performance not seen before. MapleSim significantly simplifies the task for us with its unique but highly efficient modelling and simulation platform. The capacity to simplify, solve and interact directly with differential equations was a big enabler in modelling and analysing physical interactions of the robot components. The complex interaction between interdependent variables could be relatively easily modelled because of MapleSim’s system-level approach to modelling.”

In MapleSim, revolutionary multibody technology is combined seamlessly with advanced multi-domain modelling tools to provide all the functionality engineers need in a single environment. This unique technology means MapleSim provides engineers with unparalled flexibiligy and control of their multibody models.

The design engineers at Engineered Arts are currently using MapleSim to design a biologically analogous humanoid robot leg integrating a novel actuator studying its static and dynamic stability and building the designed leg to determine strategies for its control. The design is comparable to the human musculoskeletal system. Unlike conventional robots actuated by electric motors, it is characterised by high non-linearity and humanlike compliance. A MapleSim model of the leg and actuators was built to verify the relationship between actuators under pressure, their contraction and the equivalent joint angles in static states. MapleSim’s custom component template was used extensively to model the robot’s pneumatic actuators. The leg model was effortlessly created by a chain of multibody components and the compliant foot was easily modelled with real-time feedback from the 3-D view.

Will Jackson and his team at Engineered Arts aim to have a full-body MapleSim model of the next generation RoboThespian by early 2013 and a working prototype later in the year.

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the World’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

About Adept Scientific plc

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Combination of MapleSim and B&R Automation Studio enables dramatic reduction in development time

Maplesoft™ (Waterloo, Canada) has announced the release of a new product that allows engineers to integrate high-performance, multidomain system models from MapleSim into B&R Automation Studio.  Available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), the MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio is the result of a partnership between Maplesoft and B&R, the global leader in industrial automation, formed to bring together products from both companies to save engineers time and effort for hardware-in-the-loop simulations and controller development.

MapleSim is an advanced physical modelling and simulation tool that applies modern techniques to dramatically reduce model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. 

B&R Automation Studio is an integrated engineering development environment that allows the controller, drive, communication and visualisation phases of a development project to all be configured in a single environment.

With this new connectivity between products, complex engineering system models can be rapidly developed and optimised in the intuitive visual modelling environment of MapleSim.  The high-performance, high-fidelity MapleSim models are automatically converted to code for easy inclusion into B&R Automation Studio.  The model code is fully optimised for high-speed, real-time simulation allowing engineers to achieve the required performance for hardware, software and operator-in-the-loop testing without sacrificing fidelity.

“Engineers can save significant time by determining the properties of their system before building a physical prototype through system-level modelling,” says Dr Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice President, R&D, Maplesoft.  “With the drag and drop physical modelling environment of MapleSim Automation Studio users can easily add a system-level modelling phase to their workflow without the need for difficult, time-consuming and error-prone mathematical derivations.  With a system-level model engineers can optimise for the desired behaviour of individual elements without risk of unexpected side effects in other parts of the system.”

“This partnership offers our customers many real benefits,” says Kurt Zehetleitner, Technical Manager Automation Software, B&R. “By using MapleSim and the MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio, automation engineers can dramatically reduce the time they spend developing and analysing their models with the potential to save literally months of work in some cases.  The resulting high-fidelity models are so fast that they can be used directly in hardware-in-the-loop simulations. 

“With more accurate models in the testing phase fewer expensive physical prototypes are needed. In addition, controller design and optimisation begun in MapleSim can then be continued in hardware-in-the-loop tests with B&R Automation Studio on the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) level.”

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

About B&R

B&R is a privately owned company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world.

As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology.

With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the World’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

About Adept Scientific plc

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Maplesoft and VI-grade combine to bring modern modelling techniques to vehicle design

 

MapleSim models integrate easily with VI-CarRealTime

The latest release from MapleSoft (Waterloo, Canada) of MapleSim™ integrates Maplesoft’s physical modelling tool with vehicle dynamics tools from VI-grade. The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime allows engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime.

MapleSim, available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), is a Modelica-based physical modelling and simulation tool that applies modern techniques to dramatically reduce model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that automotive engineers can use to optimise vehicle designs and control system performance. By using VI-CarRealTime Vehicle Dynamics engineers can also perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimisation studies quickly and easily.

“VI-grade customers can now leverage the intuitive physical modelling environment of MapleSim to create high-fidelity models of vehicle subsystems in a fraction of the time it would take them in other tools,” said Juergen Fett, Managing Director, VI-grade. “Then, they get automatically generated real-time code of the subsystem that they can incorporate into VI-CarRealTime’s full vehicle model, replacing the default subsystem with their own. Not only does this avoid time-consuming and error-prone hand-coding, but MapleSim lets them create extremely detailed models while maintaining real-time simulation speeds. As a result, the simulations’ results are closer to reality which ultimately leads to shorter development cycles and better products.”

“The combination of MapleSim, VI-CarRealTime and the Connector allows for the fast, accurate modelling of automotive subsystems, such as powertrains and drivelines,” said Paul Goossens, Vice President of Applications Engineering at Maplesoft. “Automotive engineers can easily do innovative work, exploring their designs in new and deeper ways, detecting problems earlier in the design cycle, and developing high-quality, practical solutions to their design challenges.”

The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime is the latest in a growing collection of connector tools and products for MapleSim, which include connectors for Simulink™, LabVIEW™, dSPACE® Systems, C code generation and more.

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the World’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

About VI-grade

VI-grade GmbH is the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation. VI-grade, established in 2005, delivers innovative solutions to streamline the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, mainly automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railways.

About Adept Scientific plc

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Tighter Modelica integration in latest release of MapleSim provides unmatched system-level modelling

 

Enhancements include tools to speed up testing and experimentation process

The latest release of MapleSim™, the Modelica®-based physical modelling and simulation platform, has been announced by Maplesoft™ (Waterloo, Canada). With tighter Modelica integration, as well as more simulation, analysis and connectivity capabilities, MapleSim 6 is available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) and offers even more ways for engineers to meet and exceed their system-level requirements.

MapleSim is based on the open standard Modelica modelling language for describing physical models and components. In MapleSim 6 support for Modelica is enhanced in many ways making it even easier for engineers to take control of their modelling and analysis. MapleSim 6 includes a view that instantly shows the corresponding Modelica code for any subsystem or component. By looking at the code engineers can tell precisely what their model is doing and more easily correct or improve its behaviour. Other Modelica features include the ability to open and immediately use Modelica files inside MapleSim; the ability to easily save any MapleSim model as a Modelica file; and, through the new MapleSim Connector for FMI, the ability to export MapleSim models in a standard format that was established with the help of the Modelica Association which is easily understood by other FMI-compliant tools.

“The combination of Modelica, an open, object-oriented, system-level modelling language, with the symbolic computation power of MapleSim enables a level of understanding, power and extensibility that is not possible with “black-box” tools,” says Dr Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “With the new features in MapleSim 6 it’s even easier for our customers to gain deeper insight into their designs, rapidly completing their most innovative projects and then passing their results down the toolchain.”

Maplesoft has expanded the entire MapleSim product suite by releasing several additional add-on products, many created in partnership with industry leaders. The MapleSim Connector for FMI lets users export models to other FMI-compliant tools; the MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio enables the transfer of physical models into the integrated development environment of B&R Automation Studio; and the MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime™ allows engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime.

MapleSim 6 also offers several features that reduce development time by speeding up the testing and experimentation process. MapleSim 6 supports the ability to access external code directly from within their simulations. For example, customers can simplify their testing by calling external controller code directly from within MapleSim instead of exporting the MapleSim model to another tool. MapleSim 6 also includes a new “snapshots” feature that speeds up experimentation by allowing customers to start experiments from any time-step and initial condition without having to rerun the model every time. This release also provides the ability to run batch simulations and optimisations in parallel, taking advantage of multiple CPUs to complete the computations significantly faster.

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co Ltd in Japan, has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

About Adept Scientific plc

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Maplesoft adds consulting services to its portfolio

 

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) has long offered its own consultation resources to customers across their product range. In a move to enhance this offering, Adept is now able to formerly call upon Maplesoft’s (Waterloo, Canada) newly created professional consultancy services which will complement Adept’s expertise and provide a project implementation route for customers.

Maplesoft’s professional consulting services aims to strengthen its portfolio of offerings for system-level modelling and simulation with Maplesoft consultants available to help engineers reduce development time and risk, as well as create better products.

Maplesoft has extensive expertise in system-level modelling and simulation, covering a wide range of applications and industries. Maplesoft’s Modelica-based consulting services include model development and simulation services, analysis and tool development, real-time plant-model code generation and training. Maplesoft specialises in the modelling, simulation and optimisation of complex multidomain systems. Consultants will draw on the expertise gained from past and current consulting projects, which include the development of a specialised driveline component library, multiple projects with a leading automotive manufacturer to help them move to a model-based development process, the development of battery models for EV and HEV systems, vibration analysis of drivetrain models for marine drivelines and multiple projects involving the development of custom components and solutions in the areas of robotics, mechatronics, motion control, aerospace, power and energy.

The open, object-oriented, physical modelling language, Modelica, is at the core of most of Maplesoft’s development projects: Modelica-based tools have experienced wide-spread adoption over the past two decades. Maplesoft is committed to supporting the Modelica open standard and the development of a common pool of knowledge that can assist engineering organisations to efficiently develop innovative processes and products that will ultimately benefit everyone. Since Modelica components have been developed and validated by industry, engineers can have confidence that their models will provide an accurate representation of the system.

“For some time now, our customers have been telling us that they have gaps in their resources when it comes to implementing system-level modelling and simulation projects and this initiative is a direct response to that request,” said Paul Goossens, Vice President, Applications Engineering, Maplesoft. “We believe our Modelica-based expertise will help customers with the smooth implementation of modelling strategies, reduce risk of project slip or failure and maximise return on investment.”

Maplesoft uses the Modelica-based modelling tool MapleSim for most development projects, though they also offer expertise in other tools. The combination of Modelica’s system-level modelling language with the symbolic computational power of MapleSim enables a level of understanding, power and extensibility that is not possible with ‘black-box’ tools. Through its advanced automatic code-generation technologies, Maplesoft can help deploy models to the rest of the toolchain, including in-house tools, MATLAB® and Simulink®, optimisation tools, co-simulation platforms and real-time systems for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing.

The close working relationship between Adept Scientific and Maplesoft will continue to grow to give customers a complementary, all-round service.

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

 

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co Ltd in Japan, has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

About Adept Scientific plc

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Practical workshops wet students appetite for STEM-related careers

On Thursday 14th June, our maths, simulation and control product specialists took part in a STEM Fair at Imperial War Museum, Duxford. This hands-on activity event invited over 300 secondary school and A-level students to take part in a range of practical workshops led by scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians from well known organisations such as Napp Pharmaceuticals, Mott MacDonald, Marshall Engineering, The Royal Navy, The Army and many more. Workshops covered a range of topics from robot racing and spectroscopy in a suitcase, to crane building and vehicle aerodynamics. Over the course of the day, students gained invaluable work-related learning (seeing how STEM subjects apply to the real world) and career guidance (understanding what doors STEM learning opens).

Adept’s team ran a series of mathematical modelling and control workshops, where students got to see Quanser’s Inverted Pendulum experiment in action (view a movie of the working pendulum here), then model the complete system using graphical components in MapleSim multi-domain modelling software and design a control loop that maintains the pendulum upright. Our mission was to get students excited about the endless possibilities today’s cutting-edge technical software and hardware can offer. This experiment never fails to impress and students left the workshop engaged and enthused by their practical application of physics and control theories.

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