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  • FluidSIM3.5


    Users Guide

    398029 GB


  • FluidSIM was launched at the Knowledge-based Systems Department of

    the University of Paderborn (Prof. Dr. H. Kleine Bning).

    Concept and development of FluidSIM3 Pneumatics is based on

    research work carried out by Dr. Daniel Curatolo, Dr. Marcus Hoffmann,

    and Dr. habil. Benno Stein.

    Order No.: 398029

    Description: HANDBUCH

    Designation: D:HB-FSP3-GB

    Edition: 7/2002

    Author: Art Systems

    Layout: Art Systems

    Festo Didactic GmbH & Co., D-73770 Denkendorf, 1996-2001

    Internet: www.festo.com/didactic

    e-mail: did@festo.com

    Art Systems Software GmbH, D-33102 Paderborn, 1995-2001

    Internet: www.art-systems.com, www.fluidsim.com

    e-mail: info@art-systems.com

    The copying, distribution and utilization of this document as well

    as the communication of its contents to others without expressed

    authorization is prohibited. Offenders will be held liable for the payment

    of damages. All rights reserved, in particular the right to carry out

    patent, utility model or ornamental design registration.

  • Contents

    1. Welcome! 7

    1.1 About FluidSIM 8

    1.2 Layout of the Handbook 9

    1.3 Conventions 10

    2. Getting Started 11

    2.1 Technical Requirements 11

    2.2 Installation 12

    2.3 Supplied Files 15

    2.4 De-installation of a Single-Position License 18

    3. Introduction to Simulating and Creating Circuits 19

    3.1 Simulating Existing Circuit Diagrams 22

    3.2 The Different Simulation Modes 29

    3.3 Creating new Circuit Diagrams 30

    4. Advanced Concepts in Simulating and Creating Circuits 48

    4.1 Additional Editing Functions 48

    4.2 Additional Simulation Functions 58

    4.3 Linking Components Automatically 60

    4.4 Displaying Quantity Values 61

    4.5 Displaying State Diagrams 64

    4.6 Superficial Circuit Checking 67

    4.7 Coupling Pneumatics, Electrics and Mechanics 69

    4.8 Operating Switches 75

    4.9 Adjustable Components 79

    4.10 Settings for Simulation 80

    4.11 DDE Communication with Other Applications 83

    4.12 Settings for the DDE Communication 85

    5. Learning, Teaching, and Visualizing Pneumatics 86

    5.1 Information about Single Components 87

    5.2 Selecting Didactics Material from a List 94

    5.3 Presentations: Combining Instructional Material 101

    5.4 Playback of Educational Films 105

    5.5 Settings for Didactics 108

    6. Special Functions 110

    6.1 Drawing Layers 110

    6.2 Graphic Primitives 112

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  • Contents

    6.3 Text Components and Identifications 116

    6.4 Parts Lists 119

    6.5 Printing a Windows Contents 123

    6.6 DXF Export 125

    6.7 DXF Import 126

    6.8 Using and Organizing Component Libraries 129

    6.9 Managing Projects 138

    6.10 Saving Settings 140

    7. Help and Advanced Tips 143

    7.1 The Most Frequently Occurring Problems 143

    7.2 Tips for the Advanced User 148

    A. FluidSIMMenus 153

    A.1 File 153

    A.2 Edit 155

    A.3 Execute 157

    A.4 Library 158

    A.5 Insert 159

    A.6 Didactics 159

    A.7 Project 161

    A.8 View 162

    A.9 Options 165

    A.10 Window 167

    A.11 ? 168

    B. The Component Library 169

    B.1 Pneumatic Components 170

    B.2 Electrical Components 189

    B.3 Electrical Components (American Standard) 199

    B.4 Miscellaneous 203

    C. Didactics Material Survey 205

    C.1 Basics 206

    C.2 Diagram Symbols 208

    C.3 Circuits 212

    C.4 Air Service Units 219

    C.5 Valves 223

    C.6 Actuators 236

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    C.7 Exercises 240

    C.8 Extensions 248

    C.9 Educational Films 249

    C.10 Standard Presentations 250

    D. Messages 251

    D.1 Electrical Errors 251

    D.2 Drawing Errors 252

    D.3 Operating Errors 254

    D.4 Opening and Saving Files 255

    D.5 System Errors 256

    Index 258

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  • Contents

    6 Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. and Art Systems FluidSIM

  • 1.Welcome!

    Welcome to FluidSIM !

    Thank you for purchasing the FluidSIM3 Pneumatics training software.

    This handbook functions both as an introduction to FluidSIM and as a

    reference manual outlining the possibilities, concepts, and operation of

    the software package. This handbook, however, is not intended to help

    in defining special aspects of pneumatics. Concerns of this nature can

    be found in the Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. textbook series.

    Users of this software are encouraged to contribute tips, criticism, and

    suggestions for improvement of the program via email at



    Moreover, the newest updates can be found at our Internet site at



    July 2002 The Authors

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  • 1. Welcome!


    About FluidSIM

    FluidSIM3 Pneumatics is a teaching tool for simulating pneumatics

    basics and runs using Microsoft Windows. It can be used in

    combination with the Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. training hardware,

    but also independently. FluidSIM was developed as a joint venture

    between the University of Paderborn, Festo Didactic GmbH & Co., and

    Art Systems Software GmbH, Paderborn.

    A major feature of FluidSIM is its close connection with CAD

    functionality and simulation. FluidSIM allows DIN-compliant drawing of

    electro-pneumatic circuit diagrams and can perform realistic simulations

    of the drawing based on physical models of the components. Simply

    stated, this eliminates the gap between the drawing of a circuit diagram

    and the simulation of the related pneumatic system.

    The CAD functionality of FluidSIM has been specially tailored for fluidics.

    For example, while drawing, the program will check whether or not

    certain connections between components are permissible.

    Another feature of FluidSIM results from its well thought-out didactic

    concept: FluidSIM supports learning, educating, and visualizing

    pneumatic knowledge. Pneumatic components are explainedwith

    textual descriptions, figures, and animations that illustrate underlying

    working principles; exercises and educational films mediate knowledge

    about both important circuits and the usage of pneumatic components.

    The development of FluidSIM included special emphasis on both an

    intuitive and easy-to-learn user interface. The user will quickly learn to

    draw and simulate electro-pneumatic circuit diagrams.

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  • 1. Welcome!


    Layout of the Handbook

    The Handbook from FluidSIM has been divided into two parts. The

    first part serves as a users guide, and the second part functions as

    a reference book. The users guide contains chapters that introduce

    the user to FluidSIM. By following the chapters in order, the user will

    understand how to operate FluidSIM. The reference part contains a

    complete listing of the FluidSIM functions, the component library, the

    didactics material, and the FluidSIM messages.

    Users Guide Chapter 2 describes the computer requirements for FluidSIM, the

    installation process, and the meaning of the supplied files.

    Chapter 3 contains small examples of circuit diagrams, showing how

    they can be simulated and how new circuit diagrams can be created.

    Chapter 4 introduces advanced concepts of FluidSIM. Examples include

    the linking of pneumatic and electric components, the possible settings

    for simulation, and the testing of a circuit diagram.

    Chapter 5 shows additional educational concepts. In particular, FluidSIM

    enables a user to pop-up a components technical description, to start

    animations, or to play a film with related information.

    Chapter 6 describes special functions of FluidSIM including how to

    print and export circuit diagrams, along with the rearrangement of the

    component library.

    Chapter 7 deals specifically with help for questions concerning the use

    of FluidSIM. It also includes tips for the advanced user.

    Reference Appendix A contains a complete listing of FluidSIM menus and is

    intended to be used as a quick reference for all FluidSIM functions.

    Appendix B contains the library of all FluidSIM components.

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  • 1. Welcome!

    Appendix C contains the component illustrations, the animations, the

    exercises, and the educational films.

    Appendix D contains a listing of messages that may occur while using

    FluidSIM along with a brief explanation for each.



    User instructions are indented and marked with the arrow; important

    passages begin with thesymbol.

    The symbols found on the FluidSIM toolbar are represented in this

    manual with the appropriate icon; menu entries are shown framed ;

    function keys are represented with their appropriate key symbol. For

    example is the icon used to start a simulation; File Open... indicates

    the Open... entry under the File menu; F9 stands for function key


    In this manual the term clicking with a mouse means using