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Controllab has more than 25 years of experience in mechatronic design. The basis of our success is the digital twin, i.e a 3D simulation model, that we create for every machine. This digital twin enables us to develop and thoroughly test the machine before it is actually built. With this technology we have helped many customers to bring a new generation of highly advanced machines on the market.


The focus of Controllab is on system dynamics. 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 scenarios. Special techniques like time and frequency domain analysis are used to analyze the model and use the outcomes to make design improvements.


We have particular experience in:

  • 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).

We use this to come up with design improvements