Development of a Tool for Automatic Generation of GRAFCET Control Code Using Arduino IDE
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In this work, the development and the implementation of a computer platform to establish control actions in pneumatic and hydraulic systems are shown, as a tool to improve the practical knowledge of the students of professional careers on process control for equipment and systems. For this reason, the research has been divided into two phases: the formulation of a Boolean model for the translation of GRAFCET diagrams to the Arduino® code, and the design of a graphical environment in order to simulate circuit sequences by means of GRAFCET diagrams and the communication with programmable automata. The GRAFINO® tool developed in the latter has been conceived as a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the Windows operating systems described, implementing the patterns V, Model-View-Controller (MVC) and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) in the design environment. The GRAFINO® tool has been validated by its application to a case study of automation and has showed a high potential as an adequate alternative to the more expensive PLC hardware and as a didactic tool for educational purposes and its extension to other commercial software, such as MATLAB and Octave.
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