What is virtual commissioning?

What is Virtual Commissioning?

In the simplest terms, virtual commissioning is the practice of using “virtual” simulation technology to “commission”—design, install or test—control software with a virtual machine model before you connect it to the real system. While commissioning is a crucial part of the process, it typically occurs rather late in development. And while it accounts for only 25% of development time, it’s during this phase that most of the delays occur (Hoffmann et al. 2010). In fact, it’s predicted that...

Getting to Mars with Digital Twins

Getting to Mars with Digital Twins

Earlier this month, NASA celebrated the successful landing of their most complicated rover yet – Perseverance. If you were following along, you might be shocked at how smoothly everything went for landing. It would...

Automation Events for 2021

Automation Events for 2021

As we all look forward to what 2021 will bring for the world, there’s reason to be hopeful. Automation events for 2021 – at least, some of them – are planning for live, in-person...

New Virtual Commissioning Technology

Keeping Up with New Virtual Commissioning Technology

There’s a lot going on in the world of manufacturing and automation these days. New virtual commissioning technology is allowing us to reduce development costs, improve our workflows, and ship better machines to customers....

Developing Robot Models

Developing Robot Models with Digital Twins

This week, we’re highlighting a case study from ABB Robotics. They were developing robot models, using digital twin to speed up their development processes. The tool used by ABB for model creation was MapleSim...

Fixing Motor Burnout

Fixing Motor Burnout with Digital Twins

Last week, we looked at how virtual commissioning could offer a cheaper, faster way to fix machine vibration issues. Fundamentally, this post outlined how digital twins (and virtual commissioning) offer you much more than...

Fixing Machine Vibration Issues

Fixing Machine Vibration Issues for Less

Most of the time here, we talk about virtual commissioning as the means to improve design workflows and embrace future design trends. That’s all true – virtual commissioning is a key technology for manufacturing...

Optimizing Machine Design

Optimizing Machine Design with a Digital Twin

Last week, we used an example to demonstrate how to create a digital twin that can be used for machine-level design improvements, and ultimately become the test platform for virtual commissioning. Before getting right...

Creating a Digital Twin

Creating a Digital Twin – Step by Step

For most workflows that use virtual commissioning, creating a digital twin is the first step you’ll need to take. This digital twin can take several different forms, so depending on your application, certain digital...

Understanding Virtual Commissioning

Understanding Virtual Commissioning: A Brief History

Many of our readers are familiar with the general concept of virtual commissioning, and have an understanding of its applications across industries. However, in the pursuit of understanding virtual commissioning in all of its...

Virtual Commissioning Review 2020

Virtual Commissioning Review: 2020 Recap

As we close out 2020 and all look towards a brighter 2021, let’s take some time to look back on what’s happened this year with virtual commissioning. We’ll round out our content here by...