Automation Studio

Complete Simulation Software to Train Future Technicians & Engineers.
Training for Engineers and Technicians
Automation Studio™ Educational Edition
Automation Studio Simulation Software
Electrical Simulation Training
Automation StudioHydraulics Simulation Training
Mechatronics Simulation Training
Motor Control Simulation Training
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Simulation Training
Automation Studio™ as a PLC Trainer
Automation Studio™ Teachware
Virtualize your Equipments
Automation Studio™ Virtual Training

The Tool of Choice for Teaching, Training and Learning Mechatronics, Automation, Electrical and Fluid Power Engineering Technologies.

If you teach subjects related to hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and control technologies, the illustration of concepts and the behaviour of systems are no doubt at the heart of your requirements.

Created in 1986 by Famic Technologies Inc. to meet the needs of technical teaching and training and used in thousands of schools, Automation Studio™ is a unique software solution, which offers intuitive design, animation, simulation and system analysis functionalities in a versatile and user-friendly environment. It allows teachers to present more content in less time, improves students’ understanding of concepts and diagnosis capabilities and brings to schools, colleges and universities an optimal return on investment.

Automation Studio™ is an innovative system design, simulation and project documentation software solution for the design and support of automation and fluid power systems. It is the most effective engineering software for schematic design, component sizing, circuit simulation, engineering documentation, prototyping, testing and troubleshooting, diagnostics and maintenance, service, training and generating of technical documents.

Automation Studio™ has been widely adopted by the educational community worldwide as a valuable design and simulation teaching tool to train future technicians and engineers. If you teach subjects related to hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, PLC and control technologies, the illustration of concepts and the behavior of systems are no doubt at the heart of your requirements.

Automation Studio™ can be used in programs such as:

  • Automation
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Industrial Automation
  • Instrumentation
  • Electromechanical Technologies
  • Agriculture Mechanics
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • And more...!

Features OverviewNew FeaturesVirtualize EquipmentReal EquipmentTeachwareVirtual Systems

Features Overview

Thousands of Symbols at Hand

Comprehensive sets of libraries with ISO components that can be used to teach a wide array of subjects related to hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical and control technologies.

Customizable Library

Easily create your own library with required components specific to an exercise or laboratory. Also, reproduce any Lab equipment to simulate them before the hands-on experience.

Virtual Systems

Using the Electrical and PLC Libraries as well as the SFC module, students simply link sensors, switches, lights, conveyors, etc., in order to make the pre-made Virtual Systems operate according to the teacher’s instructions.

Remote Access

Online remote access license connection for teachers and students. You can prepare and simulate your courses and homework from home, school or workplace.

Connect to Real Devices

In order to connect Automation Studio™ to an external hardware, you can either use an I/O interface kit or an OPC Client Server.

Insert Pictures and Text on Schematics

Insert texts and images to your schematics to create complete documented circuits.

Link between all Technologies

All technologies can be linked together to create a complete mechatronic system that reinforces the student understanding of system interactions.

Linked Videos, Hyperlinks, Files, etc.

Document your components by adding external links to videos, files, and others, to enhance understanding of these components or systems.

Component Configuration

All components have properties that can be easily changed in order to visualize their effect during simulation. Create and configure valves, cylinders, motors, etc. to obtain a component graphically and technically compliant to real performances.

HMI 2D/3D- Animation according to Schematics

Create 2D or 3D animation linked with the circuit, enhancing your schematic and making it more visual for students. Use the 3D editor for creating and importing 3D parts in STEP, STL and IGES.

Cut & Paste to other Applications

Cut and Paste directly into another application with a great resolution and in colour to create assignments.

Simulation Mode

The simulation modes "Normal", "Slow Motion", "Step by Step" and "Pause" allow users to control the simulation.

Dynamic Measuring Tool

Virtual measuring instruments can be placed directly on the component to measure a wide range of parameters that can be recorded and viewed in the Plotter.

Fluid Power and Electrical Plotter

With a simple Drag and Drop operation, you can plot simulated parameters which can be exported to a text file for further analysis.

Create Video Files of your Project

Create video files of your projects that can be used with other applications, or record the entire application for training purpose.

BOM

Customizable and dynamic Bill of Material that can be placed directly on the schematic or exported to create a report.

IEC & NEMA Electrical Standards

Automation Studio™ offers the possibilities to create circuits using both American and European standards, to initiate students to the differences in symbols.

Print & Export

Simply print to any size of paper or export your circuit in multiple formats to share with other applications.

Control Panel

Automation Studio™ allows to easly create control panel that controls your circuits, virtual systems or equipments.

Dynamic, Realistic, and Visual Simulation

The simulation allows the accurate reproduction of the system behaviour in a dynamic and visual way. During simulation, components are animated, lines and wires are colour-coded according to their state.

Templates

Select from predefined templates or create your own with the default information of your choice like school logo, BOM, etc.

Cut-Away Animation

The animated component cross-sections illustrate the internal functioning of components. The animations are synchronized with the circuit simulation.

Realistic Measuring Instruments

Realistic measuring tools: multimeter, oscilloscope, hydraulic tester, thermometer and manometer, can be used to reproduce real life measuring experience.

Troubleshooting

Create or activate pre-defined component failure to develop troubleshooting skills. Failures can be activated by preset conditions or manually during simulation.

Manufacturers' Catalogues

Create and simulate schematics using real life component behaviour from our extensive manufacturers' catalogue that includes PDF specifications and test benches.

Variable Frequency Drives

Motor soft starters and variable frequency drives are available. VFDs are built according to manufacturers’ specifications such as Siemens™, Allen Bradley™, WEG™, etc.

Mechanism Manager

Using the Mechanism Manager, mechanical bodies can be linked to Fluid Power actuators to simulate and animate their effects.

Component Sizing

Calculation worksheets are provided for hydraulics, pneumatics and electrical components which include calculation tools provided with applicable equations and parameter definitions.

New Features in E6.2

Interactive Lab Exercises

Interactive exercises are available for hydraulics, pneumatics and electrical technologies. Each of them include one schematic that is automatically simulated and animated in order to graphically show the behaviour of the function represented.

Improved Library Explorer

New search filter and improved navigation to quickly locate components. Hydraulic/Pneumatic ISO Standards 1219-1 (2012) also available.

Interactive Course Content

Automation Studio™ provides tools to help teachers and trainers create interactive and animated course content such as the Workflow Manager.

Block Diagram Module

Graphical environment for component and system modeling using predefined function blocks. It can also be used for creating and testing complete control loops.

Enhanced Plotters

New y(x) – z(x, y) plotters available. Possibility to compare results from different plotters and insert annotations, markers or legends.

Favorite Properties

New favorite feature displays only important properties of a selected component. Default favorite properties can be modified by the user for components.

Component Images

Component properties now include descriptive images displaying contextual properties specific to a selected component model.

New Display Features

Easily show & hide all component’s satellites or references from the ribbon bar and easily identify components with associated satellites.

New Simulation Models

New simulation models available for accessories, fittings in lines, pumps, inductors, capacitors and pneumatic brakes.

Automation Studio™ Viewer

The Viewer help users share schematics with anyone who doesn’t possess an Automation Studio™ license. It can display schematics for any technology, plotter curves from the original project as well as various reports.

Manufacturers’ Catalogue Components Update

By selecting the following feature, Automation Studio™ automatically identifies and generates a list of all updates available for manufacturers and custom catalogue components present in the project. Users can then decide for each component if they wish to update it.

Embedding Component

The Embedding Component helps to simplify circuit representation by compacting a set of components into a single symbol. It is integrated in the Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Block Diagram Libraries.

Virtualize Equipment

With Automation Studio™, almost any type of real equipments you have in your lab related to Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Electrical and PLC can be reproduced. Simply create a customizable library that contains the components found on the trainer with the exact same name, symbol, representation and technical specifications. Students can then recreate all the lab experiments in Automation Studio™, validate with the simulation, print out the schematic and then, move on to the hardware for hands-on experience.

Advantages virtualizing your equipments using Automation Studio™

  • All students can work simultaneously on the software
  • Virtually test, troubleshoot, and validate circuits using Automation Studio™ simulation prior to actual hands-on experimentation
  • Automation Studio™ contains hundreds of components for fluid power, electrical, PLC, and more, therefore students can be initiated to many more different behaviours
  • Initiates student to circuit design software
  • Unlimited circuit configuration possibilities thanks to the interaction between all technologies
  • Virtual experimentation and testing in a safe environment
  • Automation Studio™ is easy to use for both teachers and students

Interface to Real Equipments

I/O Interface Kit

Students can use the software as:

  • A SoftPLC trainer to control real devices such as a pneumatic or electric power trainer.
  • PLC simulator trainer system (a real PLC sends signals to the software components.)

Use Automation Studio™ as a PLC Trainer

By using Libraries such as the Electrical Control, Sequential Function Chart, or the PLC Ladder Logic Libraries, Automation Studio™ becomes the tool of choice to teach automated control concepts prior to using a real PLC.

Users benefit from the friendliness of the software and can concentrate on the automation control designs without needing to learn a more difficult PLC programming software. By using the I/O Interface Kit, users can immediately connect Automation Studio™ to external devices found in training labs. Automation Studio™ can then be used as a substitute PLC to control the equipment.

Use Automation Studio™ as an Input/Output Simulator for Real PLC Training

In turn, the I/O Interface Kit can help connect a PLC directly to Automation Studio™. In this mode, Automation Studio™ becomes an Input/Output simulator and will enable users to create PLC programs controlling entirely simulated systems.

Teachware

Training material is available for each technology. It provides teachers and trainers with the essentials for preparing course curriculum. Automation Studio™ offers guides, manuals, lectures, exercises, animations and labs for all levels of discipline.

Unlike other teachware made using multimedia sequences, training content offered by Automation Studio™ is interactive and animated live by the software simulation. Teachers can modify this content using Automation Studio™ to better fit their needs.

Virtual Systems

Using the Electrical, PLC libraries and SFC / GRAFCET module, the student simply links sensors, switches, lights, conveyors, etc., in order to make the Virtual Systems operate according to the instructions of the teacher. All this is done in a safe environment!

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Complete Software Solution for Teaching Future Technicians and Engineers that Covers all Levels.

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Famic Technologies Automation Studio

As a world leader in the development of system design and simulation software for fluid power, electrical and automated applications, Famic Technologies aims at providing companies with high-performance, user-friendly, and complete software solution for the whole product life-cycle, from system design to maintenance and training.

From an educational standpoint, Famic Technologies has been collaborating with educational institutions around the world to provide them with an innovative, easy-to-use, and complete software solution to help instructors train future technicians and engineers.

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