What's New in Automation Studio™ 6.4

Service Releases

Feature Enhancements:


Export SVG

Hyperlinks in a project are supported in the SVG Export format.

 

Fluids

The density of the fluid is taken into account in Rotodynamic Pumps. The motion control valve supports the different models.

 

Electrotechnical

Added the Wind Turbine component.
« Irradiance generator »: Improved calculation of the end of cycle time.
« Wind generator » : End of cycle signal correction.

General  

Handling time optimization in large files.
Optimization of the time to generate the BOM.
Display of an hourglass for longer operations.

 

Customer issues fixed:

Mechanism Manager

Fixed a problem encountered when linking 4 cylinders.

 

PDF Export

Fixed an issue with the reports.

 

Video recording

Fixed a jump problem when editing properties during an asynchronous recording.

 

Assembly

  • The association link of a relay is kept in an assembly.
  • Adding a distributor to an assembly that has undergone a geometric transformation is allowed.
 

Revision history

Sort by functional revision date in the history.

 

Feature Enhancements:


FLUIDS

Directional valves

Less points will be created when the flow curves are generated in directional valves; axes are not scaled anymore.

Motopumps

Motopumps get two sets of efficiency curves, whether they work in motor mode or in pump mode.

Pneumatic cylinder

Addition of a pneumatic cylinder with diaphragm and of a multiport pneumatic cylinder configurator.


ELECTROTEHNICAL

Switches

Addition of displaying the "Position" options on switches.

New numbering options

Addition of numbering options for wires and components.

Installation and circuit

Addition of option for displaying location variables.

Renewable energy

Addition of renewable energy components, such as the Photovoltaic cell and the Photovoltaic generator.


GENERAL

OPC

Addition of the OPC UA Client (communication protocol). Addition of co-simulation scaling variables and synchronous control device.

Enumerations and Variables structures 

The Custom Component enhancement allows the use of enumerations and variables structures to set up the generated component. The Block Diagram (Math) Workshop can be used to model the behaviours of the Custom Component. It is then easy to create advanced components such as Electrical Variable Frequency Drives.

Mechanism Manager 

Possibility to access the forces variables used in the Mechanism Manager.

Bellow Actuator

Bellow Actuator can be used in the Mechanism Manager and it also has been added into the sizing sheet.

History

The history of schematics or project revisions has been redesigned according to the report concept.

Addition of map locator’s options.


Customer issues fixed:

Project management

  • It is possible to open and save a project on a shared disk.
  • Some backup anomalies in multi-user mode have been fixed
 

Hydraulic directional valves

  • Improved modeling of leaks in valves.Check valve
  • Correction of operation for check valve pilot to open.
  • Adjustment of settings for the check valve pilot to close.
 

Pressure regulator

Pressure initialization in the pressure regulator, when the simulation is started from a data acquisition, was corrected.

 

Cylinder

The cylinder model has been improved to extend the range of possible dimensions.

 

Hydraulic lines

  • Improvement of the elasticity model of pipes.
  • The cylinder model has been improved to extend the range of possible dimensions.
 

Accumulator

The model of the accumulators has been improved to extend the range of usage.

 

Timers

Fixed the reset of the pneumatic timers.

 

Mechanism

The computation convergence has been improved for the mechanisms using mechanically linked cylinders.

 

Electrical

The compatibilities between electro-potentiometers and Panel Layout workshop have been extended.

 

Components help

The help for the operating conditions of components as well as their properties has been improved. The conditions of usage are more detailed.

 

Main Library

Hiding the LSIS workshop in the main library configuration is now possible.

 

Catalogues

Fixed unlocking properties for some of the manufacturers products used in a schematic.

 

Export PDF format

Issue with PDF export was fixed.

 

This version includes:


Sequence Diagram

The Sequence Diagram is a visual intuitive tool that allows you to create operation sequences quickly without needing a specific control language or an electrical control circuit.

Embedded Views

This function fulfills the training and technical publication requirements. It allows adding views from all different technologies into a single document. For example, it is possible to embed into a single page, a partial view of a hydraulic circuit, a 3D view and a partial view of a GRAFCET, etc.

Additional simulation paces

New, up to 200ms, simulation steps are available providing lighter computing demands during simulation. This feature is particularly useful for large projects.

New BOM

Completely redesigned the document’s BOM (bill of materials). The new version brings great flexibility in customizing the displayed information as well as its appearance. You can also now edit components’ properties directly from the BOM.

Functional groups

Following ISO 1219-2’s recommendation, you can now subdivide any system into functional groups. You can then efficiently design, simulate, validate and visualize your system function-by-function and quickly compare the different options.

Optimisation in loading, saving and closing projects.

Significantly improved performance specifically when opening and closing large projects.

 

Mechanical links

The Mechanical links allows to easily connect different technologies as electrical and fluid power.

 

Project components update

Automation Studio™ 6.4 will identify improved components. Depending on the type of improvement, you can update the project’s components either manually or automatically.

 

Visibility option for connection port names  

You may now display either all of the connection port names or only the desired one when inserting components from the main library.

 

Display of mechanical ports

A new option exists to display the different types of ports on the components: Mechanical, Electrical and Fluids.

 

Print curent view

Implemented the option to print the current view.

Mechanical links

The mechanical links allow for an easy connection between components from different technologies, such as electrical and fluid power.

 

New language interface

Automation Studio’s interface is now available in Russian.

Centrifugal pump

Added the option to manage the rotodynamic in order to support the centrifugal pump models.

Compressible Fluids

The simulation of new compressible fluids such as azote, hydrogen, helium, methane and propane are now available in the Pneumatics Workshop.

Volume in pneumatic lines

Implemented the option to account for volumes in compressible fluid pipes. This increases the propagation precision of the working pressure.

Mechanics on electrotechnical components

Electrotechnical asynchronous machines, stepper motors, permanent magnet DC motors are now equipped with mechanical connection ports. Position and speed sensors, as well as shafts and mechanical links, can be easily connected to machines facilitating controls and linking to other modules.

 

Electric machines  

The Electrotechnical Module is now equipped with a new induction motor and a permanent magnet DC motor.

 

Automotive library

All components needed for automotive project development are now grouped into a specific library, which includes the electrotechnical components, under SAE standard.

Ladder Diagram LSIS

Implementation of the new Ladder diagram module based on LSIS PLC specifications.