As part of the 7th Framework Programme co-financed by the European Union, EC Engineering company participates in ESTOMAD project.
The project consists of creating tools and methods that would support machine manufacturers during designing process. A new approach to designing is the result of growing awareness of the energy issues, such as limited availability of energy sources and high prices of energy. The aim of the project is to provide access to software allowing for complex simulations of energy losses and, as a result, achieving better efficiency of machines and systems, as well as better utilization of the consumed energy. ESTOMAD project has been developed in cooperation with European partners, such as: FMTC, LMS.Imagine, PICANOL, JOBS, ECEngineering, CNR-ITIA, K.U.Leuven, FIDIA.
The project is still in the development phase, however, many of its goals have already been achieved. At the initial stage, the available literature and the current state of knowledge were analyzed. Further stages of the project required establishment of suitable methods of system, subsystem and component modeling with regard to energy losses. Some of the established methods, as well as additional functionalities were implemented to AMESim simulation environment developed by LMS. As a result, the software gained new functions, such as Power Sensors and Energy Variables, as well as tools, such as Energy Management Window and Animated bar graph. Such tools and methods require verification. In order to do this, experimental tests of complete systems, subsystems and individual components supplied by the partners participating in the project were conducted. The tests covered complete devices, such as textile machine or badminton robot. Detailed experimental tests were conducted for components such as the rolling-element bearing, linear motor, straight and worm drives in order to identify their energy properties in various conditions of use. On the basis of the obtained results, the models of specific components are adjusted in order to simulate the actual behavior of systems and subsystems even better.
EC Engineering is responsible for key measurements and validation of models used in the simulations.