What exactly is Virtual Commissioning?
To remain competitive within the global marketplace, machine builders need to add value beyond the cost of their equipment. Virtual commissioning allows machine builders to construct a digital twin of a machine which can be used throughout its entire lifecycle to simulate, predict and optimise behaviour before investing in physical prototypes.
A Digital Twin is a virtual representation of a physical product, machine, production process or manufacturing plant, used to understand and predict the physical counterpart’s performance characteristics.
Virtual Commissioning streamlines the traditional machine building process by enabling end-to-end advanced machine engineering. By incorporating multi-physics simulation, data analytics and machine learning capabilities, digital twins demonstrate the impact of design changes, usage scenarios, and environmental conditions in a virtual space. This ultimately shortens the development cycle, minimises failure rates and improves the quality of the finished machine.
Virtual commissioning can also boost a machine builders overall profitability by practically eliminating the need for physical commissioning costs during the machines development phase and enabling more machines to be built on an annual basis as machine development time can be significantly reduced, from concept to completion.