Project spotlight: hardware-in-the-loop winch simulation

One of our partners in Korea, JNE Systech, has recently posted an interesting video showing how they used Vortex Studio as part of a hardware-in-the-loop simulation to validate a winch heave compensation system. If you are not familiar with heave compensation, it is a technique used on lifting equipment to reduce the effect of waves during offshore operations.

Vortex Studio was first used to do a virtual simulation of all crane mechanical systems, using its maritime and cable simulation capabilities and connecting to MathWork’s Simulink® , where the heave compensation logic was modeled. Simulink was then used with connected hardware to validate logic models. Many shots in the video show the hardware via a webcam with the simulation, showing the direct link between the two.

Beyond its immediate use in R&D, this is also a great example of how Vortex Studio can integrate with specific equipment PLCs and control systems to deliver a more authentic training simulation. If you are not using Simulink, a similar integration is possible using the Vortex Studio SDK.

If you have interesting or unique integrations with Vortex Studio you’d like to show to our blog readers, stop by our forums and let us know!