Simulation as a key-enabler for Delvano

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By Gilke Van Hove, Model Based design Engineer at Vintecc, Creator of Smarter Machines

Our competences

  • Measuring and control engineering
  • Digital Twin
  • Model based software development

Vintecc's strengths lie in its experience in complex matters and in finding result-oriented solutions. They also helped us to develop software in a model-based way which can also be applied for other designs.

Dieter Vandeghinste

Application Engineer

Delvano

Since 1960, Delvano has been the only Belgian constructor of self propelled sprayers. Delvano also produces a wide range of other sprayers, from mounted sprayers with manual or hydraulic commanded booms, to trailed sprayers, for both agricultural and horticultural purposes.

Delvano’s strength lies in the flexibility to produce customer-specific machines. Based on customer requirements Delvano starts producing a custom machine.Environmentally conscious handling of spraying chemicals is a major concern of Delvano and this creates increasingly complex challenges.
That’s why they needed a partner like Vintecc whose approach was not unknown.

During a conversation at the Indumation trade fair and the presentation of the use case at Deman, the foundation was laid for a strategic collaboration.

Complexity as a challenge

The biggest challenge lies in controlling the spray height and the stability of the spray boom over a length of more than 50m, especially because of the edge factors such as an unstable surface and resonance.

Identification of the Spraying boom

To be able to move forward, we first had to map the behavior of the spray boom by means of data acquisition using our data framework Capture.

 

Capture is een zeer aanpasbaar, schaalbaar en flexibel datalogging-framework dat bestaat uit 3 belangrijke componenten:

  1. Data collectie -Supporting most common industrial protocols (such as Beckhoff ADS, Siemens S7, OPC UA, MODBUS, CAN, etc.) data is collected in a secured way on premise and in the cloud, up to your choice.
  2. Data exploratie -Highly customisable dashboards show all individual data to the highest detail. Our reporter plugin will automatically summarize KPIs and report them on a regular basis.
  3. Data inzicht -Haal meer uit uw data en pas uw gegevens aan. We gebruiken
    machine learning techniques to extract valuable insights to make machines smarter.

Based on the measured data, we were able to create a control structure in short term which improved performance.

Digital Twin Simulations

For the next step, using the simulator was crucial.

By adding a physics engine we were able to reproduce the results in the field. Replaying what-if scenarios and adding environmental factors made it possible to predict and to anticipate more easily to the behavior of the spray boom.

Digital twins are very useful in an initial development phase where trade-offs need to be made on a mechanical, electronic or software level. Virtualize your design and add actuators and sensors to your CAD models and simulate them in a real-world environment. For highly variable processes, hybrid and/or data-driven models can be used.

The Result

The speed of processing is crucial. If this is not happening fast enough, there is a danger that you will get a worse effect than before and even collide with damage as a result.

With the development of the control system, a better performance has been achieved and the use of simulation gave us the insight to come to newer concepts.

In the meantime, several machines have successfully driven around the field last season.

Vintecc’s strengths lie in its experience in complex matters and in finding result-oriented solutions. They also helped us to develop software in a model-based way that can also be used for other designs.

Vintecc's strengths lie in its experience in complex matters and in finding result-oriented solutions. They also helped us to develop software in a model-based way which can also be applied for other designs.

Dieter Vandeghinste

Application Engineer

Delvano

Our competences

  • Measuring and control engineering
  • Digital Twin
  • Model based software development

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Onze oplossingen

Software ontwikkeling / sensor technologie / Automatische code generatie

Process simulatie / Virtuele inbedrijfsstelling / Geautomatiseerd testen

Data verzameling & exploratie / Rapportering & Alarmering / IoT & Cloud

Machine learning / Data gedreven inzicht / Visie systemen