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Supporting automated control designs

The ever-increasing demands on automatic control systems have brought "intelligent controls" on the scene, which are highly adaptable to continuously varying environments. A new set of sophisticated software tools have been developed that offers unique advantages to designers including increased complexity of control system design without requiring in-field experimental tuning.
Supporting automated control designs
An Italian SME highly specialised in complex control system design has recently produced EICASLab, a family of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software tools. These have been based on the Automated Algorithm and Code Generation methodology, which is one of the major technologies used for developing "intelligent controls". The latter constitute a composition of continuous systems and discrete-event controls and are widely used in many applications varying from vehicle automated manoeuvring to generation of "intelligent" robots.

The EICASLab provide a family of robust CAE tools that may assure a high quality performance control without any additional requirements on extraordinary know-how and excessive effort. More specifically, they offer designers cost-effective design of any control system independently of the degree of design complexity it involves and without requiring any in-field set-up. Resolving difficulties that most often are encountered, the tools display many options such as automatic selection of control modes, fault diagnosis and auto recovery.

In contrast to most commonly found commercialised products, the new tools display robust plug & play control system solutions customised for the specific sector of interest. With the aid of some of the EICASLab tools, control systems has been developed that were successfully tested in space applications for satellite attitude control. Apart from the general-purpose control supporting tools, a set of professional custom-made CAE software tools have been also designed. Each one of them is focused to a well-defined technological application including space, automotive and robotics to name a few. For more information, visit http://www.eicas.it

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Record Number: 81121 / Last updated on: 2005-09-18
Domain: IT, Telecommunications