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What's New in Automation Studio™ E7

Automation Studio™ E7 - Educational Edition is all about supporting teachers in delivering content, as well as improving the student’s learning experience. Use real-looking illustrated components to create and simulate circuits. A new Forum is available to quickly access the latest demonstration files and custom libraries. You can also share your projects and experience with other instructors and users worldwide.

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*Some of the new features' availability is subject to the configuration of the purchased license.


NEW LIBRARIESarrow down

AB-500 and AB-5000 Compatible Functions and Addresses

These new libraries are an update from our original library that did not include all the major functions. With these two new libraries, you will be able to create control circuits using addresses (AB-500) or tag names (AB-5000).

Ladder for Allen-Bradley 500 PLC and 5000 PLC
Ladder for Allen-Bradley 500 PLC and 5000 PLC
Ladder for Allen-Bradley 500 PLC and 5000 PLC

CUSTOM LIBRARIESarrow down

PLC Illustrated Library

This library was created to enable students to actually wire up the PLC (Allen Bradley, Eaton, Koyo, LS Electric, Mitsubishi, Omron, Siemens, etc.), write the Ladder Logic and run the simulation to see the inputs and outputs being triggered on the PLC according to their ladder diagram.

Download this library from the File Sharing/Custom Libraries section of the new Forum: www.famictech.com/forums/forum/educational

PLC Illustrated Library
PLC Illustrated Library
PLC Illustrated Library

Pneumatic Illustrated Library

This illustrated Pneumatic Library enables students to use real looking components to reproduce lab exercises. Using real looking components will improve their skills of connecting pneumatic systems.

Pneumatic Illustrated Library
Pneumatic Illustrated Library
Pneumatic Illustrated Library

Renewable Energy Illustrated Library

The new Renewable Energy library is made with illustrated components. It enables to create and simulate circuits with look-alike components from real-world applications. Some components even animate during simulation, creating an optimal experience for training activities.

Renewable Energy Illustrated Library
Renewable Energy Illustrated Library
Renewable Energy Illustrated Library

DC Electrical Illustrated Library

This illustrated library is intended for DC electrical circuits. Components can be connected directly or by using the breadboard to create and simulate your circuit.

DC Electrical Illustrated Library
DC Electrical Illustrated Library
DC Electrical Illustrated Library

Residential Electricity Illustrated Library

Students can now quickly build residential electrical circuits using common components which they are familiar with.

Residential Electricity Illustrated Library
Residential Electricity Illustrated Library
Residential Electricity Illustrated Library

Hydraulic Cross-Section View Library

Create your circuit using hydraulic components with a cross-section view that is animated during simulation. Students can now quickly visualize the flow movement in the circuit.

Hydraulic Cross-Section View Library

Hydraulic Cylinders with Load Custom Library

This custom library allows to quickly vary the cylinders load during simulation and instantly see how it affects the system.

Download this library from the File Sharing/Custom Libraries section of the new Forum: www.famictech.com/forums/forum/educational

Cylinders with Loads Custom Library

FORUMarrow down

New Discussion Forum

Many customers want to share their schematics with other parties or simply share their experience.

  • More than 180 Demo Files to download
  • Custom libraries & Illustrated libraries
  • Any other discussions

Register here

 

Discussion Forum

MANUFACTURERS' CATALOGUESarrow down

New & Updated Manufacturers' Catalogues

Easily drag & drop your selected Manufacturer's component and integrate it into your Automation Studio™ circuit. They are ready to simulate with accurate Manufacturer’s data. Each component has been virtually tested within Automation Studio™ to ensure that the simulation meets a manufacturer’s typical application and performance specifications.

  • Automation Studio™ Electrical - Variable Frequency Drives NEW
  • CKD Corporation SOON
  • Continental Hydraulics Valves NEW
  • Cy.Pag. NEW
  • Danfoss Orbital Motors UPDATED
  • Doosan Mottrol NEW
  • Eaton Sectional CLS & CMA Mobile Valves UPDATED
  • Humphrey Products NEW
  • IMI Precision / Norgren SOON
  • Koganei UPDATED
  • Linde Hydraulics UPDATED
  • Mitsubishi Electric SOON
  • Shanghai Guorui Hydraulic Technology co (GRH) POWER Valves NEW
  • SMC Pneumatics NEW
  • Tecnord SOON
  • Wandfluh NEW
  • Zhejiang Gaoyu Hydraulic Machinery Co Ltd NEW

Additional Manufacturers' Catalogue components are added and updated on a weekly basis.

Updated Manufacturers Catalogues

Online Manufacturers' Catalogues

The Automation Studio™ Web Catalogues lets you drag & drop components directly from the web browser interface to your Automation Studio™ schematic. These components are always the most up-to-date version. Therefore, there is no need to locally manage multiple manufacturers' catalogue files. The Web Catalogues for Automation Studio™ will be made available shortly after the release of Automation Studio™ E7.

Online Manufacturers' Catalogues

ELECTRICALarrow down

New Semiconductor Devices

New semiconductor components have been added to the Electrotechnical library.

  • Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT)
  • Junction Field Effect Transistor (JFET)
  • Metal-Oxyde-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET)
  • Thyristors

Thyristors, bipolar transistors and field effect transistors have been introduced. The thyristor can be controlled by a variable or by an external circuit and the transistors have been designed to operate in both switching and amplification modes.

dditional Electrical Components

Improvement of the Battery Component

  • The ageing effect on the battery capacity is now taken into account
  • OCV hysteresis effect is taken into account by differentiating OCV vs SOC curves during charge and discharge
  • New advanced model taking into account the voltage transients' behaviour during charge and discharge
  • Predefined battery parameters for the different available battery types
Improvement on the Battery Component

Terminal Strips Builder

New terminals with jumper channels management of different categories were added:

  • Feed-Through
  • Ground
  • Feed-Through with Ground
  • Knife Disconnect
  • Disconnect
  • Sensor / Actuator
  • Fuse Holder
  • Distribution Blocks

Simplified terminals are still available. The new builder allows complete management of the Terminal Strips, including the accessories management and the part numbers. Terminal strip export and import functions are also available.

dditional Electrical Components

FLUID POWERarrow down

New Hydraulic Components

  • Planetary gearboxes
  • Differentials and torque converters
  • Pressure compensated flow dividers
  • Jumps with label frame

Improved Hydraulic Components Simulation Models

  • Hydraulic motor plates can now have a limited stroke
  • Added an exchange surface area for the external dissipation of hydraulic heaters
  • Improved curve tracking in pressure regulators
  • Pressure compensated flow dividers
  • Improved manual directional valve commands
New and updated hydraulic components

Support of Transmission Shafts in the Mechanism Manager

The Mechanism Manager now accepts rotating drive shafts. This implies that all rotating elements, such as hydraulic, pneumatic, electric motors and gearboxes, etc., can now be simulated in the Mechanism Manager.

Support of Transmission Shafts in the Mechanism Manager

New Pneumatic Components

  • Compressors
  • Vacuum generators
  • Vacuum cups
  • Normally closed flow sensors
Additional Pneumatic Components

VIRTUAL SYSTEMSarrow down

Virtual Systems Using Unity 3D

Virtual systems created using Unity 3D allow a training experience with a high level of realism. These systems can be controlled within Automation Studio™ using Electrical Controls, PLCs and/or Sequential Function Chart. Access the Forum to download the files and procedure to install the Unity 3D models. New virtual systems are frequently added.

Download this library from the File Sharing/Virtual System 2D/3D section of the new Forum: www.famictech.com/forums/forum/educational

Virtual Systems

CONTROLSarrow down

Additional Math Block Components

Adaptors in (math) blocks enable the creation of complex behaviours for fluid power and electrical components.

Additional Math Blocks Components

APPLICATIONarrow down

New Access Rights Manager

This option enables to manage access rights to functionalities of a specific project. For example, block the simulation to test schematic skills and block access to component properties to improve troubleshooting experience.

Download the procedure on how to implement these permissions from the new Forum.

Permission Manager

Online Help

You can now access Automation Studio™ help documentation online. The online help documentation is constantly improved and updated based on users' support cases and feedback. Also, the software installation file size is reduced.

Online Help

Mouse Options Configuration

The new mouse button configuration menu allows users to set their desired mouse buttons behaviour in Automation Studio™.

Mouse options configuration

Smaller Simulation Pace

New simulation steps of up to 1 micro-second are available to allow finer simulations. This feature is particularly useful to simulate high frequencies phenomena (up to 100kHz), especially in the electrical workshop.

Smaller simulation pace

Other Customer Requested Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Performance improvements
  • Conservation of the Internal Identifier of a Component When Replaced
  • Fixed the radial speed variable of the transmission power units
  • Fixed discrepancies of the output pressure value of the "Pressure and Temperature Flow Control" component
  • Fixed the flexible lines acting as a plug after a while in simulation
  • Fixed the behaviour of unloading valve with check and drain
  • Changed the image shown in the component properties of the "Bidirectional Motor with Shaft"
  • Fixed the Curve Export API not exporting all curves
  • Fixed an incorrect pressure at port 2 of the pneumatic "Remote Pressure Reducing Valve" component
  • Fixed unhandled exception error in PLCs when the '&' character was inserted in the description
  • Fixed BOM order changing when a model is saved
  • Fixed an issue with the BOM and lines when exporting to PDF
 

APPLICATIONarrow down

Illustrated Libraries

A new command opens illustrated libraries directly from the application.

Illustrated Libraries

Ease of use

  • A dialogue box prompts for the choice of unit during the assignment operation to facilitate the interpretation of the value of one variable assigned to another.
  • It is possible to hide the identifier of dynamic measuring instruments.
Ease of use
Ease of use

Fluid and Line Manager

Pipes and wires whose properties are used by the simulator are displayed in blue.
Managing properties’ preferences is also possible.

Fluid and Line Manager

Configuration Export

Software settings can now be imported and exported for uniform computer configuration.

Configuration Export

DOCUMENTATIONarrow down

Video Recording

The video recording tool offers the possibility to replay its video to validate the content, to save it or send it immediately after creating it.

Video Recording

Hyperlink

When a hyperlink type custom property is displayed on the diagram, it becomes clickable.

Hyperlien

Project Manager

The page numbers of documents can be displayed in square brackets in all dialogue boxes that show the list of documents, such as the Project Explorer.

Project Manager

SUPPORTarrow down

Ticket Request

A command has been added in order to be able to request assistance from Automation Studio™ in the Support tab. It will then be sent automatically to a support agent.

Ticket Request

Service Release Number

The service release number for your version has been added in the dialogue box opened by the "About" command.

Service Release Number

FLUID POWERarrow down

Installation and Circuits

The limit of 30 types of lines in installation circuits has been raised to better meet user needs.

Installation and Circuits

New Hydraulic Components

  • Instant temperature regulator;
  • Mechanically activated check valves;
  • Sequence valves normally open, with internal drain and external drain;
  • Cartridge valves normally open;
  • 3-way sequence valve normally closed;
  • Restrictive pressure compensator positioned downstream.
New Hydraulic Components

Improved Hydraulic Component Simulation Models

  • Addition of a pressure drop curve in the flow transducer;
  • Improvement of the proportional flow regulator.
Improved Hydraulic Component Simulation Models

Mechanism Manager

Support for mechanically linked jacks in the mechanism manager.

Mechanism Manager

ELECTRICALarrow down

Wire Management

Wires can now be individually set as perfect without changing the global setting.                   

Wire Management

TROUBLESHOOTINGarrow down

Troubleshooting Module

  • You can now declare several parameters for the same failure, thus being able to model a minor, moderate or major failure.
  • You can now report unidirectional internal leaks.
Troubleshooting Module
Troubleshooting

VIEWERarrow down

Viewer

Export your Automation Studio™ projects in a brand new format suitable for the free Automation Studio™ Viewer. This file format removes properties from documents and components that the designer does not want to share. This file format can only be opened with Automation Studio™ Viewer, making it easy to share while maintaining a high level of confidentiality.

Viewer