Lessons Learned from Library Material Handling Systems: Virtual Commissioning Leads to Better Quality

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A modern library offers more than just books to borrow. In fact, many libraries today have self-service features, and they rely on highly automated return and sorting systems. Supporting these logistics and automating time-consuming tasks related to handling books and other materials is a core business area for Lyngsoe Systems. The challenge: Commissioning is complicated Books come in many different sizes—and the same goes for libraries. Library material handling systems must be capable of handling different types of materials while supporting various technologies, such as barcodes or RFID. A one-size-fits-all model does not exist within Lyngsoe Systems. Even though Lyngsoe Systems possesses field expertise, the commissioning phase of the project remains a challenge in every new or updated project. To reduce commission time and avoid costly errors when installing a new material handling system in a library, Lyngsoe Systems tests their systems virtually using Experior, Xcelgo’s software. A key feature of this software platform is the 3D modeling available for systems. Using a catalog of standardized library material handling system components, Lyngsoe Systems can build any new system in a few hours and display how the components work together under specific circumstances. How systematic testing works in library material handling systems The next phase involves the systematic testing of the PLC controls, which is where virtual commissioning comes into play. Lyngsoe Systems usually includes the following parameters in factory testing: Test configuration, initialization, and specific customer settings; Test PLC programs; Test functionality; Test various scenarios for error handling; Test system capacity; Mass test over long production runs; The results: Better quality and shorter commissioning on-site Running such tests gives the engineers at Lyngsoe Systems insight into the actual setup and helps them correct software errors prior to commissioning. These tests also make it possible for Lyngsoe Systems to adjust and reconfigure the system before transport and installation. “By using virtual Factory Acceptance Tests, we can offer a cost-saving benefit to our customers. At the same time, creating multiple virtual systems allows us to standardize our PLC software at a high level due to the wide range of testing possibilities without the physical systems,” says Martin Holten, Head of Product Development, Library Division, Lyngsoe Systems. Running 3D models prior to installing a library material handling system has become a standard practice for Lyngsoe Systems. The time invested in virtual commissioning pays off in shorter on-site commissioning and faster ramp up. Learn more about 3D modeling for automation systems or feel free to contact us if you have any questions. About Lyngsoe Systems Lyngsoe Systems provides logistics solutions designed to significantly improve customers’ quality of service and competitiveness in the global market. Lyngsoe Systems has designed, installed, and maintained control and...

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Tech Tips: Use the Event Recorder to Replay Scenario Runs

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Event Recorder enables you to record all events such as user events or communication to a log file. Once saved, you can replay all events in your test scenarios whenever and as often as you want to. This simple feature reduces manual labor dramatically, especially when working with a complex scenario. The Event Recorder is useful in various situations: If you want to analyze errors caused by some unintended TCP/IP communication the Event Recorder. Just record once and hand the file over to a colleague for reproducing. If a tester is facing complex debugging, and is struggling to explain the exact flow of events to a developer. If you want to test a scenario that was created months or years ago. And as an extra feature, so you can easily create animations from running log files. Regardless of the use case, the Event Recorder is a very handy tool for working more efficiently. We have even built an API so Experior developers can extend this feature to support custom catalogs. Please contact us if you want to learn more about the Event...

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Xcelgo joins huge project to help companies becoming more productive

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How can manufacturing companies become even more productive? That’s the core challenge that MADE is created to solve. MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark – is an independent association that aims to keep manufacturing in Denmark, through the development of high technology solutions such as robotics, vision systems, 3D printing. Xcelgo is a proud member of this ambitious project that counts 50 of the country’s most well-known and specialized industrial partners. I addition, six Danish Engineering Universities and two Technical Institutes are partners in MADE together with the confederation of Danish Industry and three foundations. Xcelgo has joined the MADE project, because we believe that better education and use of technology is key, if local manufacturing companies want to stay competitive in the future. We contribute with specialized software for 3d computer modelling and virtual commissioning to support automation projects throughout the entire life cycle. Read more about MADE and see who else have joined the...

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Intelligent logistics for modern hospitals supported by Xcelgo

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At Xcelgo, we are proud to announce that we are included in an exclusive group of 17 industrial partners for the IHL project (Intelligent Hospital Logistics). The ambition for IHL is to develop a fully automated logistics system for modern Danish hospitals to make them better and more efficient. The IHL project includes some specific goals that Xcelgo’s emulation software contributes to obtain. Any employee at the hospital should not walk longer than 25 meters or wait more than 5 minutes to get a specific item delivered. In addition, the project sets high goals to reduce stock inventory through intelligent logistics. That will help hospital staff waste less time and release resources that are better spent at treatment and nursing of patients. Xcelgo’s software contributes with testing of the advanced logistical workflows through scenario-based testing. It enables other hospital logistics partners to cooperate in identifying bottlenecks as well as testing the software prior to switching to operation mode. Hospital logistics has high accuracy standards and plenty of customized workflows that Xcelgo is able to take into account. Read more about intelligent logistics and the IHL project (in...

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