The concept of virtual development ranges from the development stage through the commissioning phase to the continuous operation of machines, plants and processes. The idea is to support each phase of the full lifecycle by an appropriate representation in the virtual world (models, simulation).
The development and optimization of a product or process is supported by detailed simulation models. This reduces the number of real prototypes and the scope of experimental tests and trials, thus reducing development time and costs.
Modern virtual commissioning software allows generating virtual representations of plants or machines from the CAD models in a few simple steps. With the connection of the real automation system to this virtual world, tests and optimizations can be carried out on the sequence control in advance without risk, thus shortening the real commissioning phase.
By digital twin we mean efficient simulation models that run online as virtual representations in parallel to real machines, plants or processes during continuous operation. While passive digital twins provide additional data or information about the running process or system state, the active digital twin affects the real process and thus enables online optimization and adaption.
Condition Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance
Models can not only give a detailed picture of the current situation, but also provide a preview of the future. The objective is a better monitoring of the actual state of machines or processes, making predictions and reacting before damage or problems occur.
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We offer you a wide range of possibilities to build up your competencies, to advise you on the best solution strategy or to give you an overview of the current state of the art – from presentations or webinars to training courses and workshops, flexible and individually plannable.
We develop for you from the first idea to the finished prototype.
Especially in case of resource bottlenecks in your own development team or if technological knowledge is necessary that is not available in the company, we offer you to carry out the complete R&D project from the idea to the prototype.
We do R&D together with your development department.
As input for new solution strategies, in case of personnel bottlenecks or if competence building in your own development team is required, we offer you the opportunity to carry out subtasks or work packages together with us.
Modeling and Simulation
We provide a deeper insight.
The basis for virtual development is a suitable model. The required level of detail results from the object of investigation, whereby many insights only become visible through cross-domain considerations. Feasibility study or detailed simulation, coupling of different simulation tools or 3D simulation environment with real automation hardware – we offer extensive know-how in a comprehensive way.
We find optimal solutions for engineering and continuous operation.
Finding the right solution under consideration of a variety of optimization criteria and constraints is a big challenge for complex systems. The right software and a systematic approach help us with this task. Optimization has to be considered through the entire product life cycle even during continuous operation. Digital twins, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance represent promising potentials for after-sales services.
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