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Controllab has worked with robots and robotic machines for over 20 years. The basis of our success is the digital twin, i.e a 3D simulation model, that we create for every robot. The digital twin enables us to develop and thoroughly test the robot before it is actually built. With this technology we have helped many customers to bring their robots on the market.


Our focus is on system dynamics and control. Every machine has performance limits like the maximum speed or the maximum load. With system dynamics, we investigate these limits and see how they affect the design of machines. With a parameterized 3D simulation model we run simulations and investigate hundreds of scenario’s. Special techniques like time and frequency domain analysis are used to analyze the robot and help us to design the control system.


We have particular experience in:

  • Designing the control system.
  • Analyzing the effect of flexibility in joints and structures.

  • Choice of electric or hydraulic actuators dimensions.

  • Deriving the error budget (e.g. how is the accuracy of motion affected by design choices).

Dutch Dredging Simulators

Three companies that have earned their stripes in the maritime sector are developing a dredging simulator. This simulator is portable and affordable.

BLIT simulator

Together with MSA-Service, Controllab has developed a training simulator for a “Boat Landing Installation Tool” (BLIT).

Eagle-Access Training Simulator

The Eagle-Access is an innovative crane for the transport of people. It is fully electric and compensates the motions of the ship. Controllab has has successfully developed and delivered a training simulator for this crane.

Battery Storage Simulator

Controllab has been working on the control systems for battery storage containers for some time. The experiences that we have gained and the tools that we have developed have all come together now in our Battery Storage Simulator.

Wind Turbine Installation

High Wind develops new installation techniques to install offshore wind turbines. The Boom Lock system is a smart tool that allows offshore cranes to install wind turbine components at high wind speeds.

Motion Compensated Crane

Controllab investigated the feasibility of an OPTS crane. The OPTS is a crane mounted on a ship’s deck that can transport passengers safely to and from the ship.

Motion Compensated Access Bridge

SMST specializes in the delivery of lifting, transportation, drilling and pipe lay solutions, especially for the maritime and offshore industry. Their Telescopic Access Bridge (TAB) that can safely transfer personnel to an offshore structure.

HIL Simulation

The Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin of the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) allows model ships to run independently in waves, followed by a towing carriage containing measurement equipment.