GDS Engineering R&D Products: Industry 4.0 Tools for LabVIEW

Our Industry 4.0 Tools and Mathematical Models are ready for use by LabVIEW Users, Systems Developers, and Plant Managers! Read below and contact us for more information and how to acquire our products.

With the power of using our LabVIEW modeling tools, your existing systems can be turned into Industry 4.0 systems.
With the power of using our modeling tools, your existing systems can be turned into Industry 4.0 systems using our libraries.

Industrial Components and Mathematical Simulations for LabVIEW 2013 or later

We offer several products and services to support your Industry 4.0 developmental effort, as the following:

GDS Engineering R&D Product #1:
Industry 4.0 Component Models for LabVIEW:

  • Includes library of programmable Graphical User Interface (GUI) objects for LabVIEW development environment.
  • Have over 500 LabVIEW GUI objects: reusable controls, indicators library of valves, pipes, pumps, engines, machines, compressors, sensors and actuators, and other industrial components that you use in your plant processes. 
  • Accessible within LabVIEW, our libraries contains almost all necessary components to develop a GUI for a plant or process system, as your infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Several application examples (or industries) where our libraries could be used:
    • petroleum refinery plants
    • electrical generation plants and gen-sets
    • robotics and  manufacturing plants
    • machinery control processes
    • systems in ships, airplanes, trains,
    • chemical process plants
    • food processing plants
    • HVAC systems in industrial or building locations
    • Crop monitoring systems
    • Mining monitoring and control systems
    • Sub-sea control and monitoring systems
    • Hospital devices monitoring systems
    • Filtration and distillation plants
    • Pneumatic control systems
    • Hydraulic control systems
    • and many more… 
  • This library was developed for use by LabVIEW developers and it is compatible with LabVIEW 2013 or later.

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GDS Engineering R&D Product #2:
Industry 4.0 Mathematical Models for LabVIEW:

  • This tool includes Virtual Instrument (VI) libraries consisting of mathematical modeling of pumps, heat exchangers, filters,  compressors, diesel engines, boilers, etc.
  • Our libraries use fundamental physical engineering principles as required from various disciplines: fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, statics, etc., for example:
    • A heat exchanger uses engineering principles in heat transfer
    • A centrifuge pump uses fluid flow theories for pumps
    • We employ fundamental principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, and approximated techniques in diesel engine simulations
    • an so on.

Additionally, we provide several  engineering support services for your Industry 4.0 development effort.

Engineering Service 1: Developing a simulation interface for your platform, process, machinery, and engineering systems:

  •  For connecting your plant systems to LabVIEW, we recommend LabVIEW and National Instruments (NI) Data Acquisition and Instrumentation products ( NI provides software and training; however, we can provide engineering services to develop your software to connect your sensor network into your main program.
  • We develop twin model of your existing platforms.
  • Our experience includes the development of our Ship Engine Room Simulator with
    • diesel engines
    • steam systems
    • electrical systems (electrical generation,consumption, monitoring and control systems)
    • compressed air as well as pneumatic control systems
    • rudder control (hydraulics)
    • distilled water plant
    • safety systems, such as CO2 system (Fixed Fire Installation)
    • ballast systems
    • fuel and lubricating systems
    • cooling systems
    • pumps, compressors, and separators
    • etc  

Engineering Service 2: Component Modeling, Mathematical Modeling & Simulation Work Support (with a Twin-Model Creation of Your Existing Systems and Processes):

  • We can help develop your component modeling and simulation system as either engineering support service to you or we can provide training to your personnel. We generally are experienced to develop 1-GUI-page of system development in several weeks if the layout drawings and the information of the components are available.
  • Simulation of your real world systems allow for switching the system work as a simulator for your systems OR you can run your systems with the real-world data. Switching to SIM mode allows you to analyze your systems with or without the plan data. There is a huge potential of using simulator for understanding, monitoring, and controlling your processes with event analysis and many more…
  • Please contact us for discussing the details of how much power a Plant Manager may have with a use of a twin model. 

Our Approach to Industry 4.0 Development

Usually, Industrial Monitoring and Control is already in place in most control systems with data. With our LabVIEW tools, you can be upgraded your systems to Industry 4.0. For this, we have simulation GUI tools, including programmable GUI components, such as pipes, valves, tanks, separators, engines and other machinery.

Industry 4.0 Component Models for LabVIEW: Industry 4.0 IoT Readiness

An example of a program developed by our team is shown in below system, which is a cooling system diagram. This system was developed with the approach described above. Using our tools, you can develop fullly interactive piping layout diagrams of your own systems and interface either to your real world systems or to your simulation with a mode switch. In such diagrams engineering values for pressures, temperatures, flow rates are retrieved from your plant data.

Piping Diagrams, Modeled with GDS Engineering LabVIEW Tools for Industry 4.0
Piping Diagrams, Modeled with GDS Engineering LabVIEW Tools for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 Mathematical Models for LabVIEW: Math Models for Engineering Processes

An example to math modeling libraries is shown with Heat Exchangers. The following heat exchanger contains math model of heat exchanger from our library. When  heat exchanger is used in a system, the relevant math VI is selected depending on the type and design of heat exchanger from our VI libraries. Above example system uses our math and component models.

A Heat Exchanger, Modeled and Programmed with Math Libraries using GDS Engineering Industry 4.0 Tools for LabVIEW.
A Heat Exchanger, Modeled and Programmed with Math Libraries using GDS Engineering Industry 4.0 Tools for LabVIEW.

Another example view shown below is from a part of a compressed air system (of a ship). Again, you can use this system to interact to your existing systems, meanwhile you can switch to SIMULATION mode for the analysis of the existing data for various scenarios. It can also well be used for the training of your personnel.

A Compressed Air System, modeled and programmed with Math Libraries using GDS Engineering Industry 4.0 Tools for LabVIEW.

One last example, shown below, is from a Boiler system that includes Boiler system components as well as mathematical models, already incorporated into the systems. Similarly, we have math models for almost all components you may need as well as the mathematical models that drives the processes to simulate the real world systems.

A Steam System, modeled and programmed with Math Libraries using GDS Engineering Industry 4.0 Tools for LabVIEW.

Industry 4.0 Simulation

For Industry 4.0 readiness, plant managers must develop a digital twin simulation model of their platform and this is not an easy job! For this, engineering systems, incorporating sub-systems, components, and processes and all those need to accurately be modeled using engineering modeling techniques. This is a needed development for the readiness of the Industry 4.0 compatibility of your platform management.

We, GDS Engineering R&D, develop simulation of platforms, using engineering principles, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and such. An example of such a simulation system in shown in Figure (click here to see the page), which is a Refrigeration System of a cargo ship. Our simulation expertise, included but not limited to, diesel engines, generators and electrical use, lubrication systems, cooling systems, heating systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, pumps, separators, compressors, valves, and their control units.

Plant simulations can work with the real plant data and allows for viewing the simulated scenarios of real events. Use of simulation and read data allow for identifying the opportunities and achieving more efficient and energy saving implementations in operational practices.

Need to remember, although it is a polished nice word and first mentioned in 2013, the mentality of Industry 4.0 is not so new to us. The application of the sensors and data use have been increasing in the last several decades. Thanks to the fast tech advancements and the use of the internet applications, we became able to share and collaborate better with Internet of Things (IoT).

Why did we select National Instruments LabVIEW as the Framework for our Industry 4.0 Tools Development?
Below summary of articles are some examples to read for understanding our answer:

A Practical Guide for Connecting LabVIEW to the Industrial IoT

In this white paper, learn about the three most prevalent communication protocols to connect to cloud-based development platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. You can also find information on some of the most common IoT cloud development platforms such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix, PTC ThingWorx, and Microsoft Azure. Plus, learn how to connect an NI embedded system, such as CompactRIO, to these cloud platforms through the LabVIEW open graphical development environment.

Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation

Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, and Industrial Internet are some of the terms used to describe the social and technological revolution that promises to change the current industrial landscape. Bosch Software Innovation has been on the forefront of these developments. At this session, get an overview of the status quo and the road ahead based on concrete examples and use cases. 

Below is a link to this NI Forums Page, with discussions on the topic: 

Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation

Factory of Future: Bosch Software Innovation has been on the forefront of these developments. Click on below link to display the BOSCH brochure and read what they do. Page 29 describes how NI LabVIEW is utilized in BOSCH solutions for Data Capturing and Planning.

Factory of the Future

NI announcement of new products to handle IIoT

National Instruments announced a range of new products to handle analogue big data in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) at its 2015 NIWeek conference in Austin, Texas.

National Instruments launches new industrial IoT kit

NI technology can help you extract meaningful insights from your data

With the NI platform, you can connect any sensor or actuator to any “thing” to generate accurate and large amounts of data, but what you do with that data is the foundation of any successful IIoT solution. NI technology can help you extract meaningful insights from your data so you can make better business decisions or perform nanosecond analytics and control at the edge, reduce the overall amount of tests you must run, or get your product to market faster and with confidence.

A Colloborative Control Application based on LabVIEW, for Unified Process Orchestration, Monitoring and Management, developed and tested by a team at Trinity College 

Paving the Way for Industry 4.0 With Smart, Reconfigurable Manufacturing Machines

The Challenge:
The Manufacturing Engineering Research Group at Trinity College Dublin needed to develop an open, reconfigurable, automated product test line that delivers Industry 4.0 capabilities and can test more than 150 product types that can change at any time based on demand or desire.
The Solution:
The group created an innovative and fully commissioned test line optimised through process abstraction and division into localised real-time test modules running on CompactRIO Controllers. To accomplish this, the group developed a unique collaborative control application, based on LabVIEW, for unified process orchestration, monitoring, and management.

Optimize the Things That Matter Most

Optimize the Things That Matter Most

A LabVIEW NI brochure for a graphical description of Industrial IoT Systems. Click to display and read the document below:

Download the Industry IoT Infographic