Industrial Automation and Robotics Development Services

Our systems experience and large base of reference solutions enable our engineers to design more intelligent, more reliable industrial systems that create a safe and efficient environment for any industrial market. Whether it is engineering for Industry 4.0 or motor control systems, we can help you solve complex system-level problems within the industrial automation and robotics industry. The introduction of new technologies and services related to the Internet of Things (IoT) is also driving further growth in this industry.

Smart industry initiatives such as Industry 4.0 or IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) help machines, factories, and operator workstations become more efficient, intelligent, and knowledgeable, more connected, and safer. The Smart Home and Smart City initiatives drive similar trends with innovative technologies in areas such as lighting, transportation and parking, agriculture, resource sharing, climate monitoring, garbage collection, and home automation.

A high level of innovation is required to develop solutions to meet the specific needs of a wide variety of industrial market applications. For example, power and energy management technologies are needed to control power from microwatts in home appliances to megawatts in factory engines and in connectivity solutions that can cover a wide range of data rates from centimeters to tens of kilometers.

Technologies driving the industrial automation and robotics market include ubiquitous embedded processing such as artificial intelligence capabilities, wired and wireless connectivity, security and protection, innovative power technologies, cloud and edge computing, and big data analytics. ShuraCore provides industrial automation and robotics services in the following areas:

Mathematical Modeling and Control Algorithms

Mathematical modeling is a universal tool for studying complex technical and technological systems. The role of mathematical modeling and its effectiveness in technical and specialized systems is generally recognized. When analyzing these systems using mathematical modeling, it is possible, in a practical and theoretical way, to assess in advance the consequences of each proposed solution, discard inadmissible options and recommend the most successful ones for solving the problem.

Control algorithms in industrial automation and robotics are the foundation of complex systems. The software we develop is used for automatic control systems, we widely use mathematical functions and algorithms to solve the DSP tasks, we have an excellent technical base for the development and implementation of algorithms for controlling electric motors, and we also apply deep knowledge to solve problems in the electric power industry.

ShuraCore uses control algorithms and mathematical modeling to solve industrial automation and robotics problems. We constantly monitor trends in this area, actively participate in scientific and practical conferences, share our experience and knowledge, and cooperate with the academic community, which allows our expertise to be at a high level.

Frequency Converters and Motor Control Systems

Frequency converters are an integral part of modern electric motor designs. These devices allow the output of an alternating current frequency corresponding to the specified range. Frequency converters are in demand in all spheres of life related to electrical energy. Their action is the stable operation of complex drive mechanisms without traditional control equipment and minimizing energy consumption.

Motor control in ACS (Automatic Control System) implies either changing the rotation speed in proportion to a particular control signal or maintaining this speed unchanged under the influence of external destabilizing factors. The motor control device can include manual or automatic means for starting and stopping the motor, selecting forward or reverse the direction of rotation, selecting and controlling the speed of rotation, controlling or limiting the torque, overload, and fault protection. We use the following control methods to control electric motors:

  • Scalar control
  • Vector control
    • Field oriented control
    • Direct torque control
    • Sensorless field-oriented control
    • Direct torque control with switch table
  • DC motor control
  • Stepper motor control
  • PWM control

With our expertise and vision, we will create an innovative device that will solve your business problem. At the stages of software development for frequency converters and electric motor control systems, the ShuraCore team, together with the customer, analyzes the input requirements and develops a detailed cooperation plan, taking into account the chosen final solution.

Industrial Networks

Networks are the medium for transmitting data. Networks differ depending on the amount of data transferred. Industrial networks are networks that share data on a large scale as well as in real-time. This means that they allow us to connect different devices over long distances and provide communication between them and the transfer of large chunks of data. Traditional networks may seem very efficient, but they are limited to a small number of systems in reality. Industrial networks are designed to meet the real-time needs and requirements of a large number of techniques.

An industrial network is complex hardware and software that provides information exchange (communication) between several devices. The industrial network is the basis for building distributed data acquisition and control systems. Since in industrial automation, network interfaces can be an integral part of the connected devices. The OSI model application layer network software is executed on the central processor of the industrial controller. Sometimes it is physically impossible to separate the network part from the networked devices. On the other hand, changing one network to another can often be done by replacing the network software and network adapter or introducing an interface converter. Because of this, we can use the same type of PLC for different kinds of networks.

Our company has deep industry expertise in industrial networks. We have completed many projects in the field of industrial networks. Our engineers solve the project’s set goals and objectives so that the customer receives the most thoughtful and high-quality project. We do our best to make the product for customers the industry leader.

We use a full range of technologies for real-time projects. We develop embedded software and do it well.

Sensors

In the era of smart grids, smart metering involves not only measuring the consumption of electricity, gas, water, or heat but also transferring data from a meter or sensor to a data concentrator or cloud. Real-time reporting of energy consumption, resource consumption, weight, temperature, etc., increases consumer awareness, which leads to less potential waste and lower costs. Using smart meters to measure and report energy, water, and gas consumption and reporting allows users to manage their supply and demand in real-time. The main advantages of intelligent measurement systems are lower costs, higher reliability, and less tampering.

ShuraCore has experience building intelligent networks thanks to its unique portfolio and innovative solutions to design intelligent metering systems. Our solutions support the many wired and wireless communication protocols required to connect an intelligent metering infrastructure, consisting of smart meters and sensors, data concentrators, intelligent appliances, and home user devices. ShuraCore constantly monitors trends in sensor design and works with the academic community to keep our expertise high. ShuraCore provides R&D services for instrumentation design.

IEC 61131-3 and PLC

The IEC 61131-3 standard specifies five PLC programming languages: three graphical and two textual. The main goal of the standard is to increase the speed and quality of developing programs for PLC, as well as to create programming languages ​​focused on technologists, to ensure that PLC complies with the ideology of open systems, to eliminate the stage of additional training when changing the type of PLC. ShuraCore has its development environment based on IEC 61131-3 for PLC. We develop our solutions for applications on microcontrollers, Embedded Linux, and FPGA. In addition, we are engaged in porting available solutions for PLC and helping our customers, and providing a service for the deployment and integration of CodeSys. The ShuraCore team has extensive experience developing excellent and specialized solutions, PLC compilers, relay controllers, and other products for industrial automation and robotics needs.

ShuraCore specializes in implementing new and modern ports: GCC, GDB, GNU libraries, Binutils, LLDB, LLVM utilities, and libraries. We are engaged in the optimization and adaptation of existing compilers for any hardware platform. The ShuraCore team provides a full range of services for the development of compilers and interpreters of the following types: 

  • JIT and AOT
  • Front-end
  • Middle-end (optimizers and analyzers)
  • Back-end
  • MLIR (multi-level intermediate representation)
  • HLS (high-level synthesis)
  • Hardware compilers (synthesis tools)
  • AST and Bytecode interpreters

We also work in the following areas: development of SDK, virtual machines, obfuscators, and code deobfuscators for our clients. We port debuggers and simulators to new hardware platforms, write high-speed optimizations, develop compilers for neural and tensor processors. We create developer tools based on the LLVM framework.

SCADA and HMI

Most automation systems operate with the participation of a person (operator, dispatcher). The interface between the human and the system is called the human-machine interface (HMI). In a particular case, when the HMI is intended for human interaction with an automated technological process, it is called a SCADA system (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition). Modern SCADA packages include the broadest set of functionalities that go far beyond data collection and supervisory control.

One of the main functions of SCADA is developing a human-machine interface, i.e., SCADA is both an HMI and a tool for its creation. The speed of development significantly affects the profitability of the company that implements the automation system. Therefore, the growth rate is the leading indicator of SCADA quality from a system integrator’s perspective. The development process includes the following operations:

  • creation of a graphical interface (mnemonic diagrams, graphs, tables, pop-up windows, elements for entering operator commands, etc.);
  • programming and debugging algorithms for the automation system. Many SCADA systems allow you to debug the system both in the equipment emulation mode and with connected equipment;
  • setting up a communication system (networks, modems, communication controllers, etc.);
  • creating databases and connecting SCADA to them.
  • We use our experience and expertise to solve your business problem. At the development stages of SCADA, HMI systems, the ShuraCore team, together with the customer, analyzes the input requirements, develops a detailed plan of cooperation, forms the goals and objectives of the future product, taking into account positioning in the market.

    Robotics

    The development of robotic devices can include all stages, from modeling a controlled object model to implementing them on target platforms. The steps described below apply to both mobile and industrial robots and complex robotic systems.

    Consumer and economic trends worldwide drive the development of multifunctional small-batch contract manufacturing, which must be versatile and efficient. Modern intelligent robots and cobots are becoming more practical, productive, thoughtful, and capable of solving a wide range of complex problems. Nevertheless, the main objective of Industry 4.0: to re-equip production with industrial robotics, will not be implemented until new cost-effective advances in the field of robotic sensors, communications, power components, robot safety, and their miniaturization are executed within the production workshops.

    Increasing the degree of interaction between humans and robots maximizes human input, better scales human critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative skills. It allows them to be more efficient and productive. Robots perform complex, repetitive, and often hazardous tasks to enable humans to act smarter and safer jobs. ShuraCore provides a service for the design of robotic systems.

    Power Engineering

    In the power industry, microcontrollers, microprocessors, and FPGA are being introduced at an accelerated pace. New sensors of physical quantities, data collection, transmission systems, and various executive devices are being improved and developed. The number of monitored and controlled parameters has expanded significantly. It can be argued that, along with branched energy processes, the formation of comprehensive information processes is taking place, which will form the basis for the construction of artificial technical intelligence in the energy sector.

    Various means of signaling and displaying information have been created on the processors, making it possible to make virtually all technical processes in the energy sector almost visible, which usually remain unnoticed by humans. Unique means of vector measurements have been created for the entire power industry with time synchronization via artificial satellites. That allows you to organize effective management of routine and emergency modes in real-time. The goal is to eliminate the possibility of emergencies due to the aging and wear and tear of equipment. For this, various diagnostic devices are being developed. Processors’ use makes it possible to increase regime and emergency control automation efficiency, ensuring the excellent quality and reliability of power supply to consumers. For the analysis of normal and emergency modes and the accumulation of experience, recorders of transient power industry processes are used.

    Our technologies, systems expertise, and reference designs help engineers improve network resiliency and energy efficiency in next-generation network infrastructure. Whether it’s implementing battery-powered connected smart meters or distributed energy management, bi-directional charging of electric vehicles, or real-time data. Our solutions provide efficient power delivery and a smarter grid that meets global compliance standards and future load patterns for long-term reliability and future orientation.

    Industrial IP Telephony

    We provide services for developing industrial IP phones designed for integration into any areas of industry, energy, infrastructure. ShuraCore uses IP and Ethernet standards. The software we develop is used in various activity fields, pursuing commercial goals and using telephony to organize security systems. The Industrial IP Phone is more than just a telephone. It is a complete communication system designed to work in extreme operating conditions. Built on high-tech platforms, IP phones deliver high-quality performance, integrate with existing industrial solutions, and perform reliably in unforeseen circumstances. The main advantage of IP technology is the low cost of network deployment, easy scalability, and the ability to transfer large amounts of various information (audio, text, and video signals) with a sharp increase in the IP protocol’s data transfer rate. All this simplifies work processes and increases production efficiency. ShuraCore uses well-versed protocols, codecs, and technologies for software development:

    Industrial Machine vision/CCTV

    Machine vision is an area of ​​application of computer vision for industry and manufacturing. Machine vision is an engineering subsection related to computing, optics, mechanical engineering, and industrial automation. Industrial machine vision systems are perhaps the most diverse class of systems regarding the number and type of tasks. Essential features of industrial systems: the ability to connect multiple cameras, high recording rate of up to several hundred frames per second, rich functionality for controlling camera and backlight settings, ample opportunities for synchronization with sensors, and significant storage volumes for data archiving. We provide software development services for industrial machine vision and video surveillance systems. ShuraCore develops software and systems for IP video surveillance cameras. The software we develop allows you to shoot video and broadcast a video stream in digital format using a network protocol that provides packet routing. We develop embedded software, drivers for video matrices, and controllers for video streams, and also use the following network technologies in software development:

    Mathematical Modeling and Control Algorithms

    Mathematical Modeling and Control Algorithms

    Mathematical modeling is a universal tool for studying complex technical and technological systems. The role of mathematical modeling and its effectiveness in technical and specialized

    Sensors

    Sensors Development Services

    In the era of smart grids, smart metering involves not only measuring the consumption of electricity, gas, water, or heat but also transferring data from

    SCADA and HMI

    SCADA and HMI Development Services

    Most automation systems operate with the participation of a person (operator, dispatcher). The interface between the human and the system is called the human-machine interface

    Robotics

    Robotics Development Services

    The development of robotic devices can include all stages, from modeling a controlled object model to implementing them on target platforms. The steps described below

    Power Engineering

    Power Engineering Development Services

    In the power industry, microcontrollers, microprocessors, and FPGA are being introduced at an accelerated pace. New sensors of physical quantities, data collection, transmission systems, and

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