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What's New in Automation Studio™ P7.1

Once more, Automation Studio™ P7.1 - Professional Edition pushes the ‘Trade-Oriented’ concept implemented in the software a step further, always with the same objective : achieve higher productivity with less effort. The designers, test and reliability specialists, trainers and maintenance technicians and engineers will all appreciate the new features and functions and add them to their toolbox essentials.

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


MANUFACTURERS’ CATALOGUESarrow down

Online Manufacturers’ Catalogues

Manufacturers' Catalogs are now available online. There is no longer a need to manage catalogue files or worry about updating them. The web Catalogue components are always up to date. Simply drag the desired components from your browser onto your Automation Studio™ schematic to use them.

Online Manufacturers’ Catalogues

INTERFACE arrow down

User-friendliness

Shortcuts giving access to the layout of the current document as well as to its drawing scale have been added in the “Home” tab, “Documentation” group.

User-friendliness

MANIFOLD BLOCK MODULEarrow down

Optimization

Optimizations to generate more compact blocks.

User-friendliness

Addition of a dialogue box confirming the unit system selection when generating a new manifold block.

Optimization

CUSTOM COMPONENT MODULEarrow down

Custom Component Edition

To increase efficiency, the user can now edit the source circuits of a custom component without having to return to the original project. The user will be able to modify the symbol and its animation, its logic and behaviour circuits.

Custom Component Edition

CIRCUIT DRAWING APPEARANCEarrow down

To meet the needs of training and technical publications departments, new line highlighting attributes have been added. The highlighted line endpoints can be flat or rounded, the corners can be square, rounded or chamfered, and the segments defining component connectors can be highlighted or not.

Circuit Drawing Appearance

STANDARDarrow down

Appearance of Fluid Components

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

Appearance of Fluid Components
Appearance of Fluid Components

Appearance of Fluid Lines

To meet the needs of the training and technical publicatons departments, new appearance attributes for each line type have been added. Highlighting can now be activated in simulation, can support patterns, and can be full or sectional.

Appearance of Fluid Lines
Appearance of Fluid Lines

Naming Rules

The naming rules are enhanced with new attributes. The user can display the dimensions in fractional form in the names of the lines, select the unit system, the precision, etc. The available variables have been organized to more clearly indicate thier use.

Naming Rules
Naming Rules

Documentationarrow down

Export in Simulation Mode

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

Export in Simulation Mode

NEW COMMANDS FOR FLUID COMPONENTSarrow down

Manual Override With Detent

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

Manual Override With Detent

Directional Valve Springs

An option has been added to adjust the spring compression screw during simulation.

Directional Valve Springs

Directional Valve Power Curves

An option has been added to define the power curves of a directional valve from the differential pressure or the inlet pressure.

Directional Valve Springs

HYDRAULIC COMPONENTSarrow down

Downstream priority pressure compensator

This component is designed to be used downstream of an orifice as a pressure compensator. When used to maintain a pressure differential on an upstream orifice, this valve can maintain a constant priority flow regardless of the downstream load.

Downstream priority pressure compensator

Upstream priority pressure compensator, with static load sense

Upstream priority pressure compensator, with static load sense. This valve is intended to provide priority flow in the required amount while allowing excess flow to be used for auxiliary functions and maintaining a constant pressure drop across the control flow orifice, regardless of the load pressure.

Upstream priority pressure compensator, with static load sense

Upstream priority pressure compensator, with dynamic load sense

Upstream priority pressure compensator, with dynamic load sense. This valve is intended to provide priority flow in the required amount while allowing excess flow to be used for auxiliary functions and maintaining a constant pressure drop across the control flow orifice, regardless of the load pressure. The dynamic load sense feature generally provides a better response time. Additionally, it increases the spring differential on the control flow orifice by a ratio that depends on the orifice sizing.

Upstream priority pressure compensator, with dynamic load sense

Viscometer and Density Meter

A measurement component has been added in order to access the measurement of the kinematic viscosity as well as the density of the oil in a node of 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 dissipated power according to the inlet temperature, the outlet temperature or the average of these 2 values.

Coolers

PNEUMATIC COMPONENTSarrow down

Liquid Collector Exhaust Pressure Type

This component uses pneumatic pressure and flow to collect and reuse hydraulic fluid that has leaked into the system.

Liquid Collector Exhaust Pressure Type

Lubricator

The addition of a lubricator, which will allow constant and automatic lubrication to the correct level, is a necessity for most pneumatic components to work correctly and have a satisfactory life span.

Lubricator

Curve Modelling Restrictors

Pressure drops modelled by performance curves as a function of flow rate and variable opening - for air with simplified pneumatic modelling.

Curve Modelling Restrictors

MATH BLOCSarrow 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

4-Quadrant Joystick

Joystick to generate 4 control variables.

4-quadrant joystick

Temperature Generator

A slider was added to make it possible to change the temperature during the simulation.

Temperature Generator

Environment Variable Generators

Components with temperature or light as a simulation variable now use the environment variables of the essential subdivision where the component is located.

Environment Variable Generators

ELECTRICAL COMPONENTSarrow down

Lack of current or inrush brake

Lack of current or inrush brake

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

FLUID POWERarrow down

Hydraulic Manifold Block Workshop

Create and edit manifolds in Automation Studio™ with the new Hydraulic Manifold Block workshop.
An Auto-Create function can quickly propose up to 100 manifold solutions based on your Automation Studio™ schematic and set constraints. You are then able to tweak the proposed designs to your liking.
Take pressure and flow measurements at any point in time during simulation.

Hydraulic Manifold Block  Workshop
Hydraulic Manifold Block  Workshop
Hydraulic Manifold Block  Workshop

New & Updated Manufacturers' Catalogues

Many Manufacturers' Catalogues have been added and updated. The new technical data allows compatible manufacturer's components to be used within the Hydraulic Manifold Block workshop, and enables direct integration of the pre-configured and documented manufacturers' components into your Manifold Block in Automation Studio™. The manifold compatible components are identified in the Catalogue Manager.

  • 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™ P7.

Online Manufacturers' Catalogues

New Hydraulic Components

  • Planetary gearboxes
  • Differentials and torque converters
  • Separate control surface valves
  • 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

TROUBLESHOOTINGarrow down

Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)

Quickly obtain and communicate system failure information, thanks to the new FMECA module of Automation Studio™. It is based on, but not limited to, [IEC 60812] Failure Modes & Effects Analysis. This can greatly reduce troubleshooting time and increase system reliability.

ailure mode, effects, and criticality analysis (FMECA)

CUSTOM TRAINING LIBRARIESarrow down

Renewable Energy Custom 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 Library

PLC Custom Library

This library was created to enable trainees 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.

Renewable Energy Library

DC Electrical Custom 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.

Renewable Energy Library

Residential Electricity Custom Library

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

Renewable Energy Library

Hydraulic Cross-Section View Library

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

Renewable Energy 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.

Renewable Energy Library

ELECTRICALarrow down

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

New Semiconductor Devices

New semiconductor components have been added to the Electrotechnical library, such as:

  • 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 mode.

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

CONTROLSarrow 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. These two new libraries enable you to create control circuits using addresses (AB-500) or tag names (AB-5000).

Ladder for Allen-Bradley 500 PLC and 5000 PLC

Additional Math Block Components

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

Additional Math Blocks Components

FORUMarrow down

New Discussion Forum

Many customers want to share their schematics with other parties or simply share their experience. The new Forum allows access to demonstration files, custom libraries and other information that can be helpful to your applications. We hope that you will also share your experience with everyone. If you don’t have an account in the Forum, register here

Discussion Forum

VIRTUAL SYSTEMSarrow down

Virtual Systems Using Unity 3D

Virtual systems created using Unity 3D allow for 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.

Virtual Systems

APPLICATIONarrow down

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

Conservation of the Internal Identifier of a Component When Replaced

Component internal identification can be maintained when replacing the component. This is useful for systems that have a unique identifier for each component.


Other Customer Requested Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Performance improvements
  • 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
 

 

FLUID POWERarrow down

Manifold Block Workshop

New features are available with SR1 improving your experience during the design, documentation and simulation of your manifold blocks:

  • Improvement of routing algorithms and in particular those of oblique channels;
  • Addition of CETOP-type components and interfaces in the generic library;
  • Ability to create a custom title block;
  • Revision table available in the technical drawings;
  • Customization of the number of decimal places that can be displayed on technical drawings;
  • Improvement concerning the dimensions on the technical drawings (offset, movement);
  • Ability to adjust the position of the shapes on the cavities of the generic components.
Manifold Block Workshop

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

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

ELECTRICALarrow down

Wire Management

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

Wire Management

APPLICATIONarrow down

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.
Improved usability
Improved usability

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

Illustrated Libraries

A new command opens illustrated libraries directly from the application.

Illustrated Libraries

DOCUMENTATIONarrow down

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

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

SUPPORTarrow down

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

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

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
 

 

ELECTRICALarrow down

Electrotechnical inputs / outputs

These new black box components (Universal input, Universal output, Input converter and Output converter) make it possible to efficiently model and simulate Electrotechnical components that have versatile inputs and outputs such as controllers, sensors, etc.

Electrotechnical inputs / outputs

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

FLUID POWERarrow down

Additions in the Hydraulic Block Manifold module

Improvements have been made to automatic routing, options for displaying dimensions on technical drawings and automatic management of stackable CETOP valves. It is also possible to decide whether the routing algorithm can use oblique channels or not in the case of a "Counterbalance valve" type assembly.

Additions in the Hydraulic Block Manifold module
Additions in the Hydraulic Block Manifold module