With VIRTUAL MACHINES customers get a twin of their machine in a virtual world. Unlike the real machine, the virtual machine can be used at an arbitrary number of workstations at the same time. Even complex processes such as a backup roll change can be simulated easily with all the necessary movements and actions. Having a digital twin of a machine results in the maintenance team’s increased understanding. The digital twin is a valuable tool for rarely performed jobs and the training of new employees.
The ability of moving freely in the virtual world enables the view of hidden or difficult-to-access components in their installation position: mechanical interrelations between cylinder movements and assembly movements can be comprehended on the model and can be visually understood. With the help of the model, workers prepare more easily for queued maintenance works and are safe from unpleasant surprises; with the success that downtime for maintenance work decreases. Also, constructive solutions within technically challenging modernization projects can be tested before realization and queued maintenance works can be prepared efficiently. Finally, the digital twin offers the possibility of visualizing process data directly in a three-dimensional model. Here, too, an intuitive understanding of the measured values arises.
A coupling of the digital twin with the real PLC systems makes it possible to control the virtual functions by means of the same control program as used in the real machine. It is suggested to use the thus created risk-free, realistic test field in cases like testing new functions before stopping the real plant. Thus, in the run-up to a modification of the real system a majority of possible errors can be eliminated and the needed downtime of the real system can be noticeably reduced.
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Roger Feist: +49 2732 799 760