The MathWorks Model-Based Tools Control Development for Whirlpool

3/4/2003 - The MathWorks announced the deployment of its model-based design software at Whirlpool® Corporation. By adopting The MathWorks Simulink® and Stateflow® products Whirlpool expects that an improved design process using model-based design and real-time rapid prototyping will result in shortened design times and lead to more innovative products for its customers. The company has also become one of the first home appliance manufacturers to employ real-time rapid prototyping using xPC Target in developing control software for several product lines.

The Whirlpool Washing Machine Demonstration uses rapid prototyping techniques to develop and test control software. We are always looking to improve both our own products and our internal design capabilities," said Marco Monacchi, director of Advanced Electronic Applications at Whirlpool. "The MathWorks has delivered its model-based design software to leading companies in many industries. Whirlpool can build on that success to improve our own design process. At this time, because of increased complexity of our appliances, we need to change the way we design control systems to ensure we deliver innovative products to market more quickly and with the highest standards of quality."

Whirlpool chose tools from The MathWorks because of the Company's expertise in control system design and interest in working closely with Whirlpool to meet their design needs. The design approach at Whirlpool leverages the capabilities of MATLAB®, Simulink, Stateflow, Real-Time Workshop®, and xPC Target from The MathWorks.

"The MathWorks is seeing the deployment of model-based design, long established in industries like automotive and aerospace, expand to other markets. Whirlpool is an excellent example of this trend," said Richard Rovner, vice president of marketing at The MathWorks. "We are looking forward to working very closely with Whirlpool for many years to come. Their vision, combined with our products, will have a significant impact on the future of worldwide home appliance controller design and production."

About The MathWorks
The MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB and Simulink, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries.

The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 1,000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of $10.3 billion, 65,000 employees, and nearly 50 manufacturing and technology research centers around the globe. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Consul and other major brand names to consumers in more than 170 countries. Additional information about the company can be found on the Internet at

MATLAB, Simulink, Stateflow, Handle Graphics, and Real-Time Workshop are registered trademarks, and TargetBox is a trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.

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