Automation Studio

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The Tool of Choice for Teaching, Training and Learning Automation, Electrical and Fluid Power Engineering Technologies.

If you teach subjects related to hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and control technologies, the illustration of concepts and the behaviour of systems are no doubt at the heart of your requirements.
Created in 1986 by Famic Technologies to meet the needs of technical teaching and training and used in thousands of schools worldwide, Automation Studio™ is a unique software solution, which offers intuitive design, animation, simulation and system analysis features in a versatile and user-friendly environment. It allows teachers to present more content in less time, improves students’ understanding of concepts and diagnosis capabilities and brings to schools, colleges and universities an optimal return on investment.

Automation Studio Modules

  • Hydraulics

  • Proportional Hydraulics

  • Pneumatics

  • Proportional Pneumatics

  • Component Sizing Module

  • Mechanical Links

  • Electrical Controls

  • Electrotechnical (A.C. & D.C.)

  • One-Line Electrotechnical Diagram

  • PLC, Allen Bradley™

  • PLC, Siemens™

  • PLC, IEC 1131-3

  • PLC LSIS

  • HMI 2D/3D & Control Panel

  • SFC Grafcet IEC 61131

  • Digital Electronics

  • Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

  • Bill of Materials (BOM) & Report Module

  • OPC Client

  • Teachware for Hydraulic & Electrotechnical

  • Block Diagram

  • Custom Libraries for Real PLC Wiring

  • Custom Libraries for DC Electronics Breadboard

What’s new in Automation Studio™ Version E7.0

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.

NEW LIBRARIES

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).
 

CUSTOM LIBRARIES

PLC Custom 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Residential Electricity Custom Library

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

 

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 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.

FORUM

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

 

MANUFACTURERS' CATALOGUE

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.

 

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.

 

ELECTRICAL

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.

 

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.

 

FLUID POWER

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

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AB-500 and AB-5000
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Real PLC Wiring
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Renewable Energy
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DC Breadboard
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Domestic Wiring
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Cross Section Animation
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Cylinders with Loads
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Thyristor Components
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Shaft Rotary Mechanisms
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3D Unity Interface

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.

New Pneumatic Components

  • Compressors

  • Vacuum generators

  • Vacuum cups

  • Normally closed flow sensors

 

VIRTUAL SYSTEMS

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.

 

CONTROLS

Additional Math Block Components

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

 

APPLICATION

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.

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.

 

Mouse Options Configuration

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

 

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.

VIDEOS:

Basic Introduction to all Modules of Automation Studio™

How to Create my AC/DC & Motor Control Circuits

Create my First Hydraulic and Electro-Hydraulic Circuits

Create my first PLC circuit using Generic AB Ladder Diagram
Create my First Pneumatic and Electro-Pneumatic Circuits
New AB500 and AB5000 library for Allen-Bradley PLCs