Virtual commissioning and operator training with SIMIT
Simulated, tested – let’s go!
Bringing products to the market faster while maintaining the same level of quality requires integrated engineering workflows as well as short changeover and start-up times for new or altered plant units. The simulation platform SIMIT enables comprehensive tests of automation applications and offers realistic training environments for operators before real systems go into operation. This creates opportunities for process optimization and know-how retention which results in reduced commissioning time and significantly shortened time-to-market. Overall this means more efficiency throughout the entire lifecycle of manufacturing and process plants.
SIMIT V10.3 – optimized interfaces offer even more opportunities
SIMIT V10.3 comes with an expansion to the standard interface, including bus synchronization and synchronization of acyclic data in communications between simulation and automation environments. These innovations permit even more extensive re-use of existing data for simulation throughout the entire plant lifecycle.
SIMIT simulates what SIMATIC automatesWith SIMIT, you can comprehensively test automation projects and commission systems, machines, and processes on a platform at a virtual level. The simulation platform can also be used to create realistic training environments for operating personnel.
Real-time simulation – a foundation for your digitalization strategy
With SIMIT, you can perform simulations on a single platform that enable both comprehensive tests of automation projects and the virtual commissioning of systems, machines, and processes. Simulation means more efficiency throughout all stages in the lifecycle of manufacturing and process plants. At the same time, simulation opens up an easy opportunity for process optimization and know-how retention.
Unlike the real world, real-time simulation provides you with a protected space for new test scenarios that can be reset or saved whenever or as often as you want. SIMIT impresses with its flexible and scalable simulation structure and an intuitive user interface. A wide range of communication opportunities between SIMIT and external simulators lets you use existing knowledge for even more realistic simulations.
Commissioning made faster
During virtual commissioning using SIMIT, all automation functions can be reliably tested prior to actual commissioning: All systems, machines, and processes are simulated based on the existing design and engineering data and the SIMIT libraries.
SIMIT makes all the necessary connections available for communication between the simulation and automation environments. For the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) configuration, the automation program is loaded onto the real automation system. You can use the SIMIT Unit to connect your hardware to the simulation platform via PROFINET or PROFIBUS.
But it also works without real hardware components: With the software-in-the-loop (SIL) configuration, the automation program can be loaded into an emulated automation system, the integrated virtual controller, or SIMATIC S7-PLCSIM Advanced.
Reduce risk with operator training
System operators also face challenges: The growing complexity of systems and control mechanisms demands a constant willingness to learn. Use SIMIT as a virtual training environment and ensure a range of possible applications for training system operators. That means operator teams can be trained before the system is commissioned – using original operating images and automation programs!
While the system is in operation, all training scenarios are available to be accessed repeatedly. In the virtual environment, training for any situation can be offered under realistic conditions without compromising production or posing any risk to humans, the environment, or the system. At the same time, SIMIT provides the ideal basis for securing and passing on operational expertise.
Endless opportunities throughout the entire system lifecycleFrom development of a new product to optimization of the system during live operation: Simulation with SIMIT lets you test and optimize in a virtual environment with no risk before you implement everything for real – and it will all work right away.
New diseases call for new treatments and growing competition demands faster, leaner processes in all areas of pharmaceutical businesses. Digitalization of pharmaceutical plant helps shorten market launch times and improve quality still further. SIMIT supports you in the end-to-end digitalization of your entire value chain.
More efficient processes, improved system availability, flexibility for systems and resources – in the chemical industry, one thing counts above all else: competitiveness throughout the entire system lifecycle. Digitalization, process optimization and modularization can make a decisive contribution to meeting the challenges of the market and successfully steering your production processes into the future.
To satisfy demands on operation and meet production targets in the glass industry, trained employees are crucial in terms of meeting production targets. Use SIMIT as a virtual training environment and ensure a range of possible applications for training system operators. Operator teams can be trained before the system is commissioned – using original operating images and automation programs.
In the automotive industry, the digital twin is the precise virtual model of a vehicle or production plant. It represents the development process throughout the entire lifecycle, enabling operators to predict behavior, optimize performance, and implement insights from earlier design and production processes.
To create a digital twin, SIMIT offers you improved ease of use and simplified simulation modeling, and impresses with greater performance, openness, and flexibility. Using SIMIT, all relevant automation functions can be safely and efficiently tested using the original automation programs before the actual commissioning takes place.
Easy coupling between simulation and automation environments
Coupling can be achieved using the real hardware from the automation systems (hardware-in-the-loop) and the integrated virtual controller, or with SIMATIC S7-PLCSIM Advanced, in other words without using real hardware (software-in-the-loop).
Thanks to the easy acquisition of existing planning and engineering data from COMOS, for example, or other simulation models, existing knowledge can be efficiently used to build up simulation environments. Integrated project analysis visualizes couplings, diagrams, model parameters, etc. In addition, SIMIT makes numerous libraries of industrial and simulation components available.