Some of the most important news of WinFACT 2016 compared to WinFACT 8:
As usual users of older versions can purchase favorably priced updates of the new versions.
For the CAN-Bus which is especially popular in the automotive industry a BORIS driver is available, at first for the large range of PC-CAN-Interfaces from the PEAK-System company in Darmstadt. The driver enables the comfortable signal configuration and the reading and writing of any signals. The screenshot (left) gives a first imperession of its options. Our Video demonstrates the use of the driver in conjunction with the PCAN-MicroMod Evaluation Kit from PEAK-System.
Our new Automatic Control Playground can be used as a supplement or an alternative to our Automatic Control Compact Models It is an “all-in-one” compact model which provides six different plants and thus allows the user to carry out many experiments. Like in a real experimental environment the experiments can easily be configured by setting jumpers. A Video shows how it works. You find detailed notes to features and prices as well as a demo version on the corresponding product page of our website..
For the fischertechnik ROBO TX Controller a BORIS driver is available which can be downloaded free of charge from the download area. It supports all in- and outputs of the controller (universal inputs, counter inputs, motor and PWM outputs, display buttons) in alle operating modes. The driver can be used with all versions of BORIS from WinFACT 6 on. Download…
It is only of card-size and costs about 35 EURO but the Raspberry Pi is a fully functional PC with astonishing capabilities. It runs under LINUX and can be enhanced by many different, low-priced modules. All I/Os of the minicomputer can be addressed with the BORIS driver package and can be used for different measurement and control tasks. The communication is established via LAN or WLAN (UDP).
The current driver version supports the following components:
Each driver package contains the corresponding user-DLL for BORIS, the Python script for the Raspberry Pi as well as the source codes (Delphi 6). The driver package can be downloaded free of charge from the download area of our website.
National Instruments’ NI myDAQ is a powerful but, nevertheless, low-priced USB box which is very popular especially in the training sector and with students. It comes along with a lot of accessories and user software. A BORIS driver is now available for this NI myDAQ device which supports all analog and digital in- and outputs. The driver runs with WinFACT 6 or higher. Students can get the driver for free (confirmation of school registration is required).
A BORIS driver for the EasyPort interface of the Festo Didactic company is now available which supports all digital and analog in- and outputs of the interface as well as all measuring ranges. The EasyPort can alternatively be connected to the COM- or USB-port. The port number will automatically be detected by the BORIS driver. The high transfer rate allows relatively small sampling intervals. Therefore the interface in cooperation with BORIS is suited for control purpose applications as well as for hardware-in-the-loop-controls.
A universal friction module for the block-oriented simulation system BORIS can be downloaded. The friction model is nonlinear and contains grip-, sliding- and speed-proportional friction parts (algorithm: Dr. W. Seide). It is all-purpose usable in all force and momentum equations. Download …
A driver for the 8-channel/12-bit-data acquisition system H-Tronic HB627 can be downloaded free of charge. This data acquisition system is connected to the USB-interface of a PC. After the installation of the included drivers the device can be reached as a virtual serial port. The system can capture up to 8 analog signals in a voltage range from 0 to 4095 mV. The board is low-priced (about 40 EUR) and it can be purchased at e. g. CONRAD Electronic. The driver can also be used for the board HB628 but in this case it supports only the analog inputs. Download …