After one year of project, where MAYA requirements and definitions (Work Package 1 – WP1), and data model refinements (WP2) were defined – in WP3 (led by Siemens PLM), it is about time to write some software. WP3 deals with 3 major topics, each one focused on the development of a different software component:

  • the Centralized Support Infrastructure that stores the simulation objects (CPS) and their relation
  • the MAYA Simulation Framework that dispatches, coordinates and synchronizes the multi-disciplinary simulations on the same CPS.
  • the integration with the High Performance (Cloud) environment

All of these software components use the MAYA data model and other basic elements developed in WP2 and will provide the basis for several upcoming work packages like WP4, which demonstrates the usage of the MAYA concepts on a high-end scenario of a Volkswagen production line. One of the main MAYA challenge is that it does not operate on a “green field”, that is suddenly being transformed into a factory. Car and manufacturing companies are currently making product “without MAYA”. We need to integrate the MAYA benefits into their existing IT structure like Teamcenter platform, which serves, in some of them, as their main data backbone and single source provider of information. For this reason, in WP3 we have also defined how MAYA tools will be integrated with other IT infrastructure in the industry.

WP3 develops infrastructure, but as a sales guy has taught me; you cannot “sell” infrastructure, but you can sell benefits. In WP3 one of our key tasks is to bridge between the data model to the infrastructure and then to the business benefits. This requires not only Software Engineers and Architects, but also Mechanical and Control Engineers, that understand the current production processes and know how we can try to make it better, through the introduction of new concepts, tools and methods. Fortunately, in MAYA we have all of the needed experts to turn this ambitious challenge into a reality.

In order to demonstrate the benefits of the MAYA concepts we have to think, right now - what is required from the simulation tools used in production processes? Knowing this will enable to fully utilize the MAYA framework and provide concrete business values to users like Volkswagen and Finnpower. As such, the MAYA partners have already started to develop enhancements to simulation tools so to make them MAYA enabled. We are developing the capability of reading CPS data in AutomationML (AML) format, one of the industry standards used in MAYA. Another capability developed includes bringing Logic (Event Based) simulation towards the beginning of the project instead of waiting to find Logic issues at the Virtual Commissioning stage, which is done close to the end of the project. At that stage, it may be too late to change the line. Taking these issues into consideration in WP3 will enable better results in WP6 where we will see the actual MAYA implementation and testing results.

The results, so far, look promising and exiting, but we are only half way through. Stay tuned and I hope you too will benefit from MAYA achievements.