Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation – also referred to as emulation – becomes increasingly important to ensure high software quality and short development cycles for complex automation solutions. In the funded research project OMSIS Dresden University of Technology and INCONTROL Simulation Solutions cooperated to strengthen the ENTERPRISE DYNAMICS software for HIL simulation.
ALADIN
ALADIN (Agro Logistic Analysis and Design INstrument) is a visual interactive simulation environment building on the Logistics Suite of the (object oriented) simulation package Enterprise Dynamics (ED).The application, developed by Wageningen UR, concerns a library of generic building blocks for modelling Fresh Supply Chains and Networks. Quality models for a range of fresh products are embedded in this library.These models describe quality behaviour, for example botrytis in strawberries or weight loss of bell peppers, under specified conditions (temperature, relative humidity, modified atmosphere, etc.). They incorporate parameters that reflect stochastic biological variations in product quality decay and are developed by experts in lab-experiments under controlled conditions.

Two new case studies have been added to the ED Educational Suite. The case studies share a theme: whether or not to pool servers.

Student: Justian Knobbout, 3rd year student Business Engineering

School: Hogeschool Utrecht, The Netherlands

One of the most important new features in ED 8.1 for teachers is the new ExcelActiveX atom. The development of this atom was motivated by a request from a teacher. In contrast with the old Excel atom, which used the DDE mechanism, the ExcelActiveX atom uses the more modern ActiveX mechanism.

Student: Pauline Hoogeland
School: Technical University Eindhoven (TUE), The Netherlands
INCONTROL Simulation Solutions and the Chair of Transportation Systems and Logistics, University of Dortmund, built the simulation platform ED TransSim which supports the strategic layout planning and the development of operational rules in logistics depots.
Therefore a simulation platform with two independent libraries on different levels of detail was set up: the first one, ED TransSim-Node, for modeling e.g. forwarding agencies and distribution centers; the second, ED TransSim-Net, for modeling logistics networks.
Danish institutes for higher education show a growing interest in material flow simulation for production, operations and logistics management. Last year six technical educational institutes in Denmark have invested in the Enterprise Dynamics Educational Suite to bring their students up to date with state of the art commerical simulation software. Most of these institutes not only apply Enterprise Dynamics during their classes but also take the software outside of the classroom in real-life projects.
Simulation improves your business. Good simulation studies, however need well educated simulation engineers with specific domain knowledge of your particular line of business. Not every company is aware of the benefits of simulation for process design and optimization mainly because they lack people with knowledge of simulation. An increasing number of companies has come to realize this and there is a strong demand for experienced staff.
Simulation and OR (Operations Research) in combination for practical optimization
Prof Dr. N.M. van Dijk - University of Amsterdam / INCONTROL Simulation Solutions

Should we pool capacities or not?