Virtual Commissioning

Virtual Commissioning covers the use of simulation to plan, design, test, and install production systems

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.

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 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.