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  • FluidSIM®3.6

    Pneumatics

    User’s Guide

    398029 GB

    04/04

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

    the University of Paderborn.

    Concept and development of FluidSIM®3 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: 4/2004

    Author: Art Systems

    Layout: Art Systems

    © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. KG, D-73770 Denkendorf, 1996-2004

    Internet: www.festo.com/didactic

    e-mail: did@festo.com

    © Art Systems Software GmbH, D-33102 Paderborn, 1995-2004

    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 11

    2.2.1 Installation with Program Activation 11

    2.2.2 Installation with license connector 12

    2.3 Supplied Files 15

    2.4 De-installation of a Single-Position License 17

    3. Introduction to Simulating and Creating Circuits 19

    3.1 Simulating Existing Circuit Diagrams 22

    3.2 The Different Simulation Modes 28

    3.3 Creating new Circuit Diagrams 29

    4. Advanced Concepts in Simulating and Creating Circuits 48

    4.1 Additional Editing Functions 48

    4.2 Additional Simulation Functions 59

    4.3 Linking Components Automatically 61

    4.4 Current Path Numbering and Switching Elements Table 62

    4.5 Displaying Quantity Values 63

    4.6 Displaying State Diagrams 66

    4.7 Superficial Circuit Checking 68

    4.8 Coupling Pneumatics, Electrics and Mechanics 70

    4.9 Operating Switches 76

    4.10 Adjustable Components 80

    4.11 Settings for Simulation 81

    4.12 OPC and DDE communication with Other Applications 84

    4.13 Settings for the OPC/DDE communication 86

    5. Learning, Teaching, and Visualizing Pneumatics 88

    5.1 Information about Single Components 89

    5.2 Selecting Didactics Material from a List 96

    5.3 Presentations: Combining Instructional Material 103

    5.4 Playback of Educational Films 107

    5.5 Settings for Didactics 110

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  • Contents

    6. Special Functions 112

    6.1 Drawing Layers 112

    6.2 Graphic Primitives 113

    6.3 Text Components and Identifications 117

    6.4 Parts Lists 119

    6.5 Printing a Window’s Contents 123

    6.6 DXF Export 125

    6.7 DXF Import 126

    6.8 Using and Organizing Component Libraries 129

    6.9 Managing Projects 137

    6.10 Saving Settings 139

    7. Help and Advanced Tips 142

    7.1 The Most Frequently Occurring Problems 142

    7.2 Tips for the Advanced User 146

    A. FluidSIMMenus 151

    A.1 File 151

    A.2 Edit 153

    A.3 Execute 155

    A.4 Library 156

    A.5 Insert 157

    A.6 Didactics 157

    A.7 Project 159

    A.8 View 160

    A.9 Options 163

    A.10 Window 165

    A.11 ? 165

    B. The Component Library 166

    B.1 Pneumatic Components 166

    B.2 Electrical Components 186

    B.3 Electrical Components (American Standard) 195

    B.4 Digital Components 199

    B.5 Miscellaneous 210

    C. Didactics Material Survey 212

    C.1 Basics 212

    C.2 Diagram Symbols 214

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  • Contents

    C.3 Circuits 217

    C.4 Air Service Units 224

    C.5 Valves 228

    C.6 Actuators 241

    C.7 Exercises 244

    C.8 Extensions 253

    C.9 Educational Films 253

    C.10 Standard Presentations 254

    D. Messages 255

    D.1 Electrical Errors 255

    D.2 Drawing Errors 255

    D.3 Operating Errors 257

    D.4 Opening and Saving Files 258

    D.5 System Errors 259

    Index 261

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  • Contents

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  • 1.Welcome!

    Welcome to FluidSIM !

    Thank you for purchasing the FluidSIM®3 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. KG textbook series.

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

    suggestions for improvement of the program via email at

    info@fluidsim.com

    did@festo.com

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

    www.fluidsim.com

    www.festo.com/didactic

    April 2004 The Authors

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    mailto:info@fluidsim.com mailto:did@festo.com http://www.fluidsim.com http://www.festo.com/didactic

  • 1.Welcome!

    1.1

    About FluidSIM

    FluidSIM®3 Pneumatics is a teaching tool for simulating pneumatics

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

    tion with the Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. KG training hardware, but also

    independently. FluidSIM was developed as a joint venture between the

    University of Paderborn, Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. KG, and Art Systems

    Software GmbH, Paderborn.

    A major feature of FluidSIM is its close connection with CAD functional-

    ity 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!

    1.2

    Layout of the Handbook

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

    first part serves as a user’s guide, and the second part functions as

    a reference book. The user’s 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.

    User’s 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 component’s 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 animat