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Digital Twins of production systems. 1D? 3D? What is the best fit?

Commissioning production systems is no easy task. The effort is complex. The schedule is short. Everyone wants to minimize downtime in facilities and plants. Getting a head start on commissioning through virtual methods instead of waiting for physical hardware is a step in the right direction. However, when it comes to the tactics of virtual commissioning, there are multiple options. Some organizations use 1D simulation process models. Others leverage detailed 3D designs with animations. Yet others use combinations of these two approaches. In this post, we’ll take a look at each, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of these different methods.

nTopology And Implicit Modeling: Why Is It Important?

New manufacturing frontiers such as additive manufacturing create new challenges for traditional 3D explicit modeling. In this video, Chad Jackson discusses some of the challenges and how nTopology’s implicit modeling tool solves them.

WHAT IS FMI? HOW IS IT RELATED TO VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING?

To enable virtual commissioning, models are created that emulate the behavior of individual components in the system. Such simulation models have two sides, representing the logical controllers and the physical components of that system. This post will address some of the shortcomings associated with the models used to enable virtual commissioning and introduce potential solutions.

Model-Based Enterprise Initiative Expectations: Are They Too Aggressive?

Companies tend to focus on the end-game when implementing model-based enterprise initiatives. However, there are some valuable intermediate steps companies should consider. In this video, Chad Jackson discusses how some of the intermediate steps can boost productivity.

Altair 365: What Is It And Why Is It A Big Deal?

Although Altair’s transition towards cloud-based solutions is not all that unusual for the industry, there are some capabilities that have interesting implications. In this video, Chad Jackson provides a high level overview of some of the capabilities and implications.

THE ROLE OF A COMPONENT LIBRARY IN VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING

To successfully develop simulations for virtual commissioning, two core technology enablers are required. The first is the software application that builds and runs the simulation. The second is a library of the virtual components required to build the models. This post examines the importance of the component library.

What Are The Three Megatrends Changing Product Development Solutions Today?

There are three megatrends changing product development solutions today: “platformification”, movement to the cloud, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. In this video, Chad Jackson describes each megatrend and shares examples of how each is being implemented in the industry today.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING?

Instead of doing physical commissioning exclusively, where you’re iterating and debugging with many delays, you can use virtually commission along the way to speed up production. As a matter of fact, you can even integrate these 1D simulations with the hardware, the PLC’s, and validate that everything works correctly before the physical commissioning starts.

WHAT IS A DIGITAL TWIN FOR VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING?

There’s no doubt about it: today’s production systems are becoming incredibly complex. Machinery, cells, lines, and entire facilities leveraged new and innovative sensors, electronics and programmable logic controllers (PLC) to do some pretty amazing things. The future of the smart factory is now.

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