Hardware in the loop simulation-based training for automated manufacturing systems operators

dc.contributorInternational FAIM Conference 24th : 2014 : San Antonio, Texas
dc.contributorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio. Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems
dc.contributor.authorVergnano, Alberto
dc.contributor.authorPellicciari, Marcello
dc.contributor.authorBerselli, Giovanni
dc.descriptionPaper presented at the Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, held May 20-23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and organized by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems, University of Texas at San Antonio
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references
dc.description.abstractSimulation-Based-Training (SBT) allows to train the operators of complex machinery within a safe virtual environment by means of effective lifelike learning experiences. SBT has been efficiently used in medical, aerospace and military fields and it may provide a competitive advantage also for the training of operators in mechatronic plants. In fact, at the current state of the art, human-machine interaction still heavily impacts on the final performances of automated plants. Since the fast-evolving process dynamics of the machinery is controlled and supervised by complex software logics, the main challenge for effective and valid SBT concerns the development of a real-time simulation, where the control system responsiveness is fully reproduced. This paper deals with a novel SBT workbench used for steel plants operator training, discussing the real-time simulation architecture developed for the purpose. Following a hybrid process simulation approach, real-time control Hardware-In-the-Loop technology assures seamless and accurate reproduction of the real plant, also achieving the desired Man-in-the-Loop practice for the operator interaction. A conceptual architecture for a virtual interactive prototype is proposed, including controllers and interfaces for trainer and trainees. A case study on an electric arc furnace is implemented within a Virtual Commissioning tool, analyzing its capabilities and limitations.
dc.publisherDEStech Publications, Inc.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing
dc.subjectSynthetic training devices
dc.subjectHuman-machine systems
dc.subjectHardware-in-the-loop simulation
dc.subjectManufacturing processes--Automation
dc.subjectIron and steel workers--Training of--Simulation methods
dc.titleHardware in the loop simulation-based training for automated manufacturing systems operators


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