Thanks to the EU funded research project ESTOMAD, a new computer program is now capable of detecting the energy guzzlers in so-called mechatronic systems, that are controlled by both software and electronics. ... Following an energy efficiency analysis of a badminton robot with the new software, the team made some small changes in segments in the robotic where energy wastage was greatest. “We were able to cut down the energy consumption of the badminton robot by 50%!” claims Wim Symens.
Industry has already expressed interest in performing this type of energy efficiency analysis. For example, PICANOL, a [major producer] of weaving machines, was able to cut energy consumption of existing machines by 10-15% with the software.
In the future, engineers could use this software for machines even before they are built. Performing a virtual analysis at an early stage, could provide a [significant] competitive advantage to industry. “A virtual approach is always a preferred one. They can even simulate unusual conditions: high speeds or very high temperatures. In real life those tests are very expensive!” explains Tom Boermans of engineering solution consultancy LMS International, who is based in Leuven, Belgium and one of the partners in the project....
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January 29, 2013