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Baumüller GmbH is a leading manufacturer of electrical automation and drive systems. It employs a workforce of around 1,850 at six production sites and more than 40 branches worldwide for the development, production and assembly of intelligent system solutions for mechanical engineering and e-mobility - ranging from user interfaces, motion control software, PLCopen, software modules and controls right through to converters and electric motors. And it goes even further - to offer an extensive range of services for automation solutions, using innovative software tools for simulations such as MapleSim and MATLAB/Simulink to help companies speed up the development process and get fully functioning machinery to market as quickly as possible. At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, the company showcased the example of servo presses to demonstrate how modeling and simulation can be used to design the optimum automation and drive components for various kinds of machinery.

The process involves creating a digital twin during the development phase to anticipate how the machine will behave before the real version even exists. This not only speeds up the development process, but should also significantly reduce the outlay for commissioning machinery. The virtual machines can be used to try out software functions and control algorithms early on. As a result, design and system errors can be detected more quickly and eliminated in advance. Baumüller can also provide manufacturers with data for new machinery during the configuration stage to assist with the model-based design of electric drive trains. These innovative services all add up to make the company an excellent partner for all stages of mechanical engineering projects.