Adjusting control algorithms to the physical plant in the best possible configuration only using PLCs, requires an almost experimental approach. Therefore, HOMAG engineers had to tune parameters using PLC programming tools manually. This was a slow and error-prone process, thus leading to poor results.
To overcome this error-prone process, HOMAG decided to use a Speedgoat target computer together with Simulink® and Simulink Real-Time™. This seamless workflow for both desktop simulation and real-time testing provides powerful functionality for controller optimization, parameter tuning, data analysis, plant simulations, or test automation.