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Bosch Rexroth and MathWorks bring together simulation and automation

Verifying digital solutions early on in the simulation and using code generation to transfer them to the automation platform

  • Model-based software development easily possible
  • Develop machine models in MATLAB® and Simulink®
  • Run program code in real time on the compact control system
  • Easily set up digital twins of systems and machines

As part of their digitalization efforts, many companies are introducing technologies or processes in production that are often groundbreaking for them. To minimize risks prior to commissioning and to increase efficiency – even with respect to familiar processes – simulation-based planning for systems and machines are increasingly being used, as are interlinked production workflows. MathWorks and Bosch Rexroth are bringing together simulation and automation and are thereby supporting the simplified creation of digital twins, for example.

Model-based development of digital solutions thanks to MathWorks and Bosch Rexroth collaboration (Image source: Bosch Rexroth AG)

MathWorks is a developer of software for mathematical calculations that uses the MATLAB platform and the Simulink block diagram environment. MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment that can be used to quickly carry out calculation-intensive tasks. As software for modeling, Simulink rounds out the product. Both solutions are used in various applications, for example in machine and system engineering as well as in the development of automation components. Now they can be combined with the automation toolkit ctrlX AUTOMATION from Bosch Rexroth for the model-based development of digital solutions. To this end, interfaces were created between the solution portfolios of MathWorks and Bosch Rexroth. MathWorks is already the 50th partner of ctrlX World.

Machine models can be developed directly in MATLAB and Simulink. Via the simulation connection with ctrlX AUTOMATION, the resulting program code can be run in real time on the control platform ctrlX CORE. Model-based development enables digital solutions created in MATLAB and Simulink to be verified early on in the simulation and then to be transferred to the automation platform using code generation. Live data can also be returned to the simulation system to improve the model within the simulation.

“Thanks to the direct link between the simulation and automation platforms, users save a lot of time, because they can virtually test the machine or system in the model prior to its completion. So the digital twin of the machine comes first, before it’s set up by the machine manufacturer. Errors can thus be recognized and eliminated ahead of time, processes optimized and much more,” explained Hans Michael Krause, Head of Product Management ctrlX World at Bosch Rexroth.
“Moreover, with the joint solution, we are laying the foundation for AI-based solutions – for example in the field of predictive maintenance – in addition to enabling virtual commissioning,” added Norbert Ulshöfer, Head of the Application Engineering Team at MathWorks in Germany.

The complete solution underscores the concept of ctrlX AUTOMATION: The open automation platform with app technology and ecosystem surmounts the classic boundaries between machine control, IT and the Internet of Things and, in doing so, shines a spotlight on co-creation.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 31,000 associates generated sales revenue of around 6.2 billion euros in 2021.

To learn more, please visit www.boschrexroth.com.

MathWorks is a developer of software for mathematical calculations. MATLAB, the programming language for engineering and science, is a programming environment for algorithm development, analysis and visualization of data, and numerical computations. Simulink is a block diagram-based development environment for simulation and model-based design of multi-domain engineering and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide use these products to accelerate research, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also important teaching and research tools at universities and research institutes worldwide. MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 5,000 people in 16 countries. The company is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. Local offices in the D-A-CH region are located in Aachen, Munich, Paderborn, Stuttgart and Bern.

For more information, visit mathworks.com.

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