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What's New in Automation Studio™ E8.0

Automation Studio™ E8.0 - Educational Edition helps teachers deliver content, as well as improve the learning experience for students. Use realistic illustrated components to create and simulate circuits. A new Forum is available for quick access to 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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SIMULATION APPEARANCE STANDARDSarrow down

Line colour in simulation per line type

The simulation colour as a function of pressure/flow/speed/temperature for hydraulic and pneumatic conduits can be set independently for each line function.

For example, different pressure thresholds can be set for working lines vs pilot, return and drain lines.

Line colour in simulation per line type

HYDRAULICS arrow down

Breather

It is possible to connect a breather to any of the top ports of a custom reservoir. This port must be declared as pneumatic.

It is thus possible to regulate the air pressure in this type of tank, either by directly connecting a breather or via a pneumatic circuit.

Breather

ILLUSTRATED LIBRARIES arrow down

New illustrated electrical component library

A new illustrated component library has been created to extend the capacity to build digital twins. French residential electrical components have been added so that unambiguous residential electrical circuits can be drawn visually.

New Illustrated Electrical Component Library

 

SIMULATIONarrow down

Step by Step Mode

The increment used by Step by Step mode can now be modified. The simulation will advance by a step which can be set by the user.

Step by Step Mode

ELECTROTECHNICALarrow down

True RMS

The measurement of true RMS values and frequencies of electrical signals have been improved and can handle all types of signals.

True RMS

PNEUMATIC arrow down

Pneumatic pilot

Directional valve pneumatic pilots take negative pressure (vacuum) into account in the calculation of the force applied to the spool.

Pneumatic pilot

INTERFACE arrow down

Project Overview

In the project creation dialogue, a preview zone gives a quick look of the project content. The documents of the project can be scrolled through.

Project Overview

INTERFACE AND USER-FRIENDLINESS arrow down

Catalogues

When searching for a catalogue component equivalent to a component on the schematic, it is now possible to search either the online or local catalogues. This makes the online catalogues even more useful.

Catalogues

ILLUSTRATED LIBRARIES arrow down

New Electrical Illustrated Component Library

A new illustrated component library has been created to extend the capabilities to build digital twins. One-Line electrical components have been added in order to be able to draw electrical transmission network circuits explicitly and visually.

Additionally, the following illustrated libraries are also available: pneumatic, PLC, DC electrical, renewable energy, residential electricity, hydraulic cross-section, and more.

New Electrical Illustrated Component Library

NEW SYMBOLIC STANDARDarrow down

New Electrical Symbols for Aeronautics

A new electrical symbol library has been added. It allows electrical circuits to be represented in compliance with the standards used in the aeronautical field. In the Automation StudioTM electrical schematic editor, these symbols are compatible with documents using the NEMA standard.

New Electrical Symbols for Aeronautics

EDITIONarrow down

Component Frame

Each component or assembly of components can be framed without adding drawing elements.

The frame is manually adjustable and customizable; width, height, thickness, color and line type can all be modified.

Component Frame

 

VIRTUAL TRAINERSarrow down

Premade virtual trainers in all technologies, ready to be connected!

Select from a variety of premade virtual trainers and rapidly start making connections. These virtual trainers can also be modified to create digital twins of your hardware trainers using the illustrated libraries.

Students’ wiring and troubleshooting skills will be strengthened as they will feel like they are connecting real components.

More than 25 demo files.

Partial list of Virtual Trainers:

Breadboard
DC Electrical
DC Automative
Relay 1
Relay 2
Motor Control
Electro Pneumatic
Electro Hrydraulic
PLCs
Renewable Energy
Residential
Real System

FLEXIBLE LINKSarrow down

Connect components like in real life!

Use flexible wires, cables and hoses to simulate connecting to real trainers or real equipment. After making the connections, users can simulate, interact and troubleshoot just like in real life. This is exactly like connecting a banana cable to your hardware trainer or, better yet, connecting directly to the illustrated components. Once a link is created, users can select the wire or hose type from a drop-down menu adapted to the content standards of the virtual trainer.

FLEXIBLE LINKS

DIRECT ACCESS TO LINK TYPEarrow down

While drawing a conduit or a wire, or after selecting it, it is possible to modify the type of link from a list which is displayed instantly.

New electrical wire colouring options in simulation

It is possible to choose the criterion for colouring electrical wires in simulation, based on the wire type or globally. In addition to the type of current, colours can be chosen according to the voltage level or the current level. The wires can use their edit mode appearance in simulation mode.

DIRECT ACCESS TO LINK TYPE

ILLUSTRATED LIBRARIESarrow down

New illustrated component libraries

New illustrated component libraries have been created to extend the capabilities to build digital twins, they are:

  • Motor Control
  • Hydraulic
  • Pneumatic Cross-Section

 

Additionally, the following illustrated libraries are also available: pneumatic, PLC, DC electrical, renewable energy, residential electricity, hydraulic cross-section, and more.

ILLUSTRATED LIBRARIES

NEW STARTUP SCREENarrow down

Easily choose schematic types between symbols, illustrated components or virtual trainers.

NEW STARTUP SCREEN

STUDENT TOOLBAR CONTAINING THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURESarrow down

Users can choose between a limited or complete interface with all toolbars and features.

STUDENT TOOLBAR CONTAINING THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES

ONLINE MANUFACTURERS’ CATALOGUESarrow down

Simpler: Quickly drag and drop manufacturer components onto the schematic, directly from the browser.

More efficient: The new version of Automation Studio™ online catalogues now allows advanced searches based on both keywords and technical properties present in the catalogues. The technical data to be searched can be quickly defined and filtered based on manufacturers and catalogues, thanks to a new user-friendly interface.

ONLINE MANUFACTURERS’CATALOGUES

IMPROVED 2D ANIMATION INTERFACEarrow down

This enhanced user-friendly visual interface improves the user experience when creating 2D animations, all visible in one place. A preview of the animations will help when validating the expected behaviour.

IMPROVED 2D ANIMATION INTERFACE

3D VIRTUAL SYSTEMSarrow down

Control 3D virtual systems with Automation Studio™ or real PLCs

3D virtual systems provide inputs and outputs that can be triggered using an electrical, PLC or SFC control circuit within Automation Studio™. Additionally, systems can be controlled by a real PLC using OPC DA/UA.

3D VIRTUAL SYSTEMS

ELECTRICAL COMPONENTSarrow down

Operational amplifiers

The new operational amplifiers make it possible to carry out the basic assemblies.

AOP_Whats_new

GRAFCET MODULEarrow down

New GRAFCET module

The new GRAFCET module fully complies with the IEC 60848 standard and allows programs to be edited and simulated. Our GRAFCET module allows the usage of different input event types, output modes (continuous and stored modes), structuring (partition, forcing, enclosing, macro-steps).

New GRAFCET module

SFC MODULEarrow down

New SFC module

The new SFC module fully complies with the IEC 61131 standard and allows programs to be edited, simulated and, later on, exported. Conditions and actions can call the project's ladder diagram networks (LD). The module supports structured text language (ST). It also takes into account the different action qualifiers, as well as control actions with or without a final scan.

New SFC module

BLOCK COMPONENTSarrow down

New block components

This library is enriched with mathematical blocks allowing matrix calculations as well as complex number operations.

New block components

INTERFACE arrow down

User-friendliness

Shortcuts for accessing the layout of the current document, as well as its drawing scale, have been added in the "Home" tab, "Documentation" group.

User-friendliness

CUSTOM COMPONENT MODULEarrow down

Custom Component Edition

The components’ simulation parameters, in the illustrated libraries, can now be modified by the user.

Custom Component Edition

CIRCUIT DRAWING APPEARANCEarrow down

To meet the needs of training and technical documentation departments, different attributes enrich the possibilities of highlighting lines. Among others things, line ends can be straight or rounded, bends can be straight, rounded or chamfered, segments defining component connectors can be highlighted or not.

Circuit Drawing Appearance

STANDARDarrow down

Appearance for Fluid Components

To meet the needs of the training and technical publications departments, the positions distributor valve can be highlighted in edition and simulation according to their state of activation. A library of additional objects can be provided on request in order to complete components that do not yet support these highlighting standards.

Appearance for Fluid Components
Appearance for Fluid Components

Appearance for Fluid Lines

To meet the needs of the training and technical publications departments, the appearance attributes of each type of pipes are enriched. Among others, highlighting can be activated in simulation, can support patterns, can be full or sectional.

Appearance for Fluid Lines
Appearance for Fluid Lines

Documentationarrow down

Export in Simulation Mode

To meet the needs of the training and technical publications departments, it is possible to export the circuits in simulation mode in a graphic format.

Export in Simulation mode

FLUID POWER COMPONENTSarrow down

Manual Override With Detent

Directional valve command to depict a manual override with detent groove, according to ISO 1219.

Manual Override With Detent

HYDRAULIC COMPONENTSarrow down

Viscometer and Density Meter

Addition of a measurement component to access the measurement of kinematic viscosity, as well as the density of the oil at a node in the circuit.

Viscometer and Density Meter

Proportional Pressure Regulators

Models are made sensitive to back pressure.

Proportional pressure regulators

Coolers

An option has been added to define the power evacuated according to the inlet temperature, the outlet temperature or the average of these 2 values.

Coolers

Math Blockarrow down

Block Components

New block components have been added to handle matrix operations and complex numbers.

Matrix and Complex Number Blocks

TRANSMISSION ELEMENTSarrow down

2-Quadrant Curves in the Electric Motor

Added a two-way model. A new simulation model that takes into account the torque-speed characteristic curve in the forward and reverse rotation has been added. In addition, a motor with 2 mechanical shafts is now available in the library.

2-quadrant curves in the electric motor

ENVIRONMENT AND CONTROL COMPONENTSarrow down

Temperature Generator

Add a slider, which gives the option to modify the temperature during the simulation.

Temperature Generator

ELECTRICAL COMPONENTSarrow down

Asynchronous motor 6 connectors

 

Asynchronous motor 6 connectorsr

DC power source

 

DC power source

Transistor

Behavioural improvement. A capacitor has been added to stabilize the voltage between the collector and the emitter and between the drain and the source.

Transistor

AUTOMATION MODULEarrow down

Ladder for Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-R Series PLC

Ladder for Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-R Series PLC

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.

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

More efficient: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.

Cylinders with Loads Custom Library

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
 

ILLUSTRATED LIBRARIESarrow down

Library of preconfigured PLC Cards

A new specialized library of PLC input and output cards offers you the possibility to quickly expand your range of teaching materials for educational activities in automation

Library of preconfigured PLC Cards