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Applied Mechanics and Materials Vols 44-47 (2011) pp 3702-3705 Online: 2010-12-06

(2011) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland


Control of Testing Device Based on FluidSIM-P

Jian LIU1,b, Yuan-jun LV1,2,a

Mechanical and electronic engineering, Zhejiang Industry Polytechnic College, Shaoxing 312000,
College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014, China
a b

Keywords: Pneumatic Control; FluidSIM-P; Test Equipment; LOGO

Abstract. Pneumatic control technology of Test Equipment has been introduced which is used to
Test products hardness. The structure and working principle of detector is introduced, its
pneumatic loop and PLC control loop have been designed and optimized by way of the software of
FluidSIM-P which belongs to FESTO in Germany. Now, the detector has gained good effect on
detecting a kind of vehicle parts, the simulation result is similar to Actual Use result in factory, The
research and application in this method are help for developing new electromechanical equipment.

Due to many advantages such as high sensitivity, rapid scanning, contact-less inspection and
versatility, sensor is widely utilized in engineering test. The development of testing device must be
easy and reliable. However, some difficulties emerge in the design process, which affect reliability
of device. This is related to device structure, power and control process. Virtual simulation of
hardness testing device can be a helpful method to understand better and in favor of its design
framework. Accurate and interactive simulation is a fundamental problem in both mechanical
system and computer graphics, which contributes important insights to the real-world behavior of a
mechanical system.
A comprehensive research on some of the major issues should be tackled in the successful
simulation, with an ultimate objective of further developing and improving its automatic
capabilities and reliability. The result shows the method can be applied successfully to design. The
structure and working principle of a height testing was presented, its pneumatic loop and electric
loop had been designed and optimized by way of the software of FluidSIM-p. At last, the device
had been effectively controlled and used. Now, the machine had raised degree of automation,
working efficiency and machining accuracy.

The working principle of detector

Framework of device as showed in Fig1. Testing process is that: in the debugging phase,
standard work piece installs on flat roof which can up and down, then reaches the brim of detector
installed sensor. Signal processor reads a series of parameters as a criterion. In the testing phase, as
same as foregoing operation, pending work piece reaches the brim of detector, Signal processor
then outputs a result whether it is eligible or not. If it is eligible, work piece returns to aboriginality
automatically and given a marker fulfilled by marking machine. If not, manual operation is needed
to ensure work piece return in time and emplace it to a special place.

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Control of Pneumatic System

Fig.2. Original state simulation

Fig.1.the structure of height testing device loop of control system
Recently, pneumatic components had been applied widely in many industrial fields with their
lower cost and higher efficiency. But how to select pneumatic components and design a pneumatic
system expediently had become an important task. The modeling of pneumatic system could be
based on components combining with physical modeling. So it was suitable for simulation of the
designed pneumatic system and control system.
The design of pneumatic system was showed in Fig.2. Compressed gas, from pneumatic source,
adopts check valve and filter to regulate pressure and purify gas. Solenoid valve, which connected

Fig.3.pneumatic system of eddy current detector

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to relay set, was used to control the flow route of gas. Throttle valve was used to control gas flux.
Magnetic switch installed on cylinder gave signal to relay set.
Sketches of engineering system were built by adding symbols or icons to a drawing area. Fig.2
depicted the pneumatic system in FluidSIM-p. A model of pneumatic system which went with
position feedback had been described. Note this had a mass included and it was one of the standard
pneumatic components.
Electric control loop was needed to finish the working of air cylinder. Input channel was made
of position switch and knob. Output channel was made of magnet valve and electromotor. Input
channel of electric loop was showed in Fig.3. Pneumatic component had been come in contact with
electric element by way of setting same counter mark. For example, position switch s1 in Fig.2 was
accord with position switch s1 in Fig.3. Valve in Y1 in Fig.2 was accord with Magnet valve in Y1
in Fig.3. Output port, input channel and pneumatic loop had been come in contact. The shelves
moved a load and controlled using position switch. The position switch was used to convert signal,
which was subjected to a gain and transferred to the solenoid valve.
Pneumatic control procedure of the device was showed inFig.4. Procedure could be compiled by

Fig.4. Numerical control procedure

way of function diagram and imported in logo. Hand valve should be pushed down to guarantee

Fig.5. pneumatic control simulation Fig.6. eligible part of operating mode

process of the device
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air on state before the device start working. Adjusting air cylinder and push air cylinder were in a
state of retractile. Compress air cylinder was in a state of protractile. Once start knob had been
pushed, the device started working. Piston rod of hoisting cylinder poked the part out. Then
the part was detected 5 seconds. If the part was eligible, the cylinders worked showed in Fig.6,
where the displacement of piston varied at times. Among it, horizontal abscissa showed the time
(unit: second), longitudinal coordinate showed the displacement (unit: millimeter). The curves
indicated the working process of three air cylinder, which chimed with design requirement. So the
control loop was reasonable. If the part was ineligible, the cylinders worked showed in Fig.7.

Fig.7. ineligible part of operating Fig.8.the application of the eddy

mode current detector

At present, the device (showed in Fig.8) had been put into practice and obtained good effect.
1. To combine pneumatic system and control system, a sketch is built of engineering systems by
adding symbols or icons to a drawing by using FluidSIM-p, where some outcomes related to the
impetus of the pressured gas was deduced combined with rational control.
2. The virtual results were in agreement with actual results, which indicated that the virtual
simulation could act as effective tools to assess the considered processes in view of their important
practical applications to modification.
In conclusion, rational application of simulation is valuable to design new equipment. It can
reduce time and improve quality effectively.

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