What our Clients Say About Automation Studio™
- Monica Tiboni, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Department
Università degli Studi di Brescia, (Italy)
I use Automation Studio in my courses of Pneumatics and Hydraulics since 2008. I was searching for a software to create illustrations and animations of systems for my lessons, but also to be used by my students for a more effective learning of technologies. An engineer of the Italian Bosch-Rexroth hydraulics division suggested to me Automation Studio and so I tried it and I immediately liked it. With Automation Studio, I can create content-rich and flexible learning material to illustrate basic theoretical principles during the lessons with the help of simulations and animations. I also installed it on student computers so we can combine different ways to support students in learning, from the physical implementation of circuits to computer simulation. The libraries that students use during my courses are Pneumatic, Electrical-control, Hydraulic, Proportional hydraulic and SFC. The ease of use of Automation Studio makes the training of students very fast and this is very important considering the limited time available in the curricular courses. The students are fascinated by the possibility of seeing their circuits working and therefore of being able to easily identify any error. This greatly helps the effectiveness of teaching and consequently my task.
- Heikki Paavilainen, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, (Finland)
We have used Automation Studio™ for some years with fluid power and machine automation courses. Automation Studio™ makes teaching and learning more fun and effective because it offers easy ways to do exercises during lessons. Automation Studio™ is easy to use and the possibility to simulate schemes and functionalities increase student understanding on how systems and components are working. In the initial courses, the system technologies are the main focus. During laboratory exercises, students design and test the schemes by using simulation before practical connections on the workbenches. Automation Studio™ also offers more advanced features for proportional and servo hydraulic systems as well as for mobile hydraulics. It´s available for students at home so remote studying is possible. Overall, it is useful as it is a multipurpose software covering numerous technologies and scopes.
- Luigi Mazza, Assistant Professor
Politecnico di Torino, (Italy)
As a beginner user of Automation Studio™ I find this package to be a very useful and powerful software for simulation of pneumatic and electropneumatic systems. In particular ladder logic works as a regular commercial PLC in which all the most important features can be performed: timers, counters, bit/byte/word logic, registers, arithmetic, comparisons... just to mention some. All types of numbers (real, integers, ...) can be managed and many variables can be linked to "animations", thus allowing to build your own "animated automation" in an easy and realistic way. Siemens, Rockwell Automation and IEC 61131 ladder code can be written including all the features and performance of those so widespread PLC. I have found it to be a very effective method to demonstrate the operating principle of pneumatic circuits and controls. Famic Technologies provides to the user a very useful and helpful support system, which helps and guides you for the solution over any issues you can find.
- Abdul Samba, Teacher of Engineering
Suffolk One College, (United Kingdom)
"Having explored the Automation Studio™ Online Videos and the recommendation from BTEC awarding body, I believe that Automation Studio™ has all the ingredients needed to equip our students with the right knowledge and skills towards their future career. With Automation Studio™, our students can now create Pneumatic and Hydraulic circuit diagrams to BS ISO industry standard. It will also provide the students the means of simulating the circuits so that they can analyse the circuits further."more
- Todd Zarbok, Mechatronic Instructor
Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), (Minnesota, USA)
"With simple CAD software, circuit design is very abstract and you can’t show students upfront what the class and lab expectations or outcome should be. The ability to animate circuits in Automation Studio™ is one of the major reasons why we decided to integrate this software to our curriculum. The efficiency in creating circuits has exponentially increased. With Automation Studio™, we can now draw circuits in a matter of minutes. The fact that you can animate prepares students for labs. They can test the circuit and make sure it works properly."more
- Pedro León Simanca, MSc.
Instituto Tecnologico Metropolitano, Medellín - Colombia
"I recommend it to any university that wants to do different things just as much for students as for the teachers.
I have been using Automation Studio for a long time and have seen the program evolve from version 3.01 to 5.6. Previously, classes consisted of drawing valves on the board or in a notebook and imagining the movements of the valves and actuators; now I am able to simulate circuits in a realistic way; the student can input data about load, volume, pressure and RPM and gain reliable results. An easy way to assemble circuits and the quantity of standard symbols which the library relies on allows one to make both basic and complicated circuits. I use it in my Hydraulic & Pneumatic and PLC classes, and now we are also working in programming with Grafcet, a tool very much used on an international level. Comparing it with other software that I am familiar with, Automation Studio definitely has more advantages. I recommend it to any university that wants to do different things just as much for students as for the teachers.”
- Khalil, Medhat, Director of Professional Education,
MSOE Milwaukee School of Engineering, (Wisconsin, USA)
"Our material were no more static presentations, it became live and interactive.
Milwaukee School of Engineering is a leading school in teaching fluid power and motion control for both undergraduate students and industry professionals. Lately we have upgraded our training equipment with Automation Studio™ Educational version. Our material were no more static presentations, it became live and interactive. The whole circuits are now presented for the students and discussed interactively to reinforce the understanding of the basic and advanced concepts. With the use of Automation Studio™, teaching fluid power and motion control became fun. Automation Studio™ helped us a lot in developing PC-Based training modules. Thanks for Automation Studio™."
- Richard Day, Professor,
Automation & Robotics Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology, (Ontario, Canada)
- David Pearce, Plant Mechanics Instructor National
Construction College East (Great Britain)
- Ognjen Kuljaca, Assistant Professor, Department of Advanced Technology
Alcorn State University (Mississippi, USA)
- Dave Yearwood, Professor, Department of Technology
University of North Dakota (North Dakota, USA)
- Al Manore, Applied Technology
Macomb Community College, USA
- Steven Dick, B.S., M.L.S. Industrial Technology Instructor
Northwest State Community College, USA
- Robert Williams, Fluid Power
Spokane Community College, WA - USA
- Dr Jan Brink, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Midwestern State University, TX, USA
- David Hubbert, Program Chair, Industrial Maintenance Technology
Texas State Technical College, Brownwood, USA
- Will Hadden, Instructor, Alabama Industrial Development Training
Mercedes Benz Institute, USA
- Frank D. Petruzella, Technical Author
Glencoe McGraw-Hill, USA
- Jacques Martineau, Teacher, Electromechanics of automated systems
Centre de Formation Professionnelle Qualitech, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
- Schmidt, Juergenq, Prof. Dr.- Ing
University of Karlsruhe, Institute for Production Engineering, Germany
- Mr Kerryn Newey, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Border Technikon, East London, South Africa