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MediaService Digital Industries Newsroom

Seamless software chain – Simulation and digital twin make product and process development easier

In order to reduce product and process development times, the company relies on the digital twin, which will in future be used to develop and test baling presses in the virtual world.

There are many challenges when designing a baling press. For example, 16 axes have been simulated and possible collisions in the model could be detected at an early stage. In addition, logic errors in the PLC (programmable logic controller) program must be detected and removed.

Seamless simulation simplifies training
The Siemens solution including digital twin is based on the NX Mechatronic Concept Designer. This software package for mechatronic design was used to create a kinematic model (motion model). The simulation is implemented as a software-in-the-loop solution using Simit simulation software for the behavior model and the associated Simatic PLCSim controller including safety functions. Training for users and employees can therefore be provided on the virtual model, replacing previous training for HMI (Human Machine Interface) users during operation on the real machine. Software-in-the-loop (SiL) means that the solution is hardware-independent.

Faster, more secure and more cost-effective

Thanks to training on the virtual model, the precise simulation of axes in a complex system and the combination of simulation software and real hardware such as the HMI, commissioning is faster and more secure, which means that costs are reduced considerably.

Thanks to the realistic simulation of behavior and control of the press, commissioning time for real systems can be shortened and costs reduced. 

Seamless software chain - Simulation and digital twin make product and process development easier

Autefa Solutions Germany GmbH is a well-known manufacturer of textile fiber baling presses and automation technology for the beverage industry.

Seamless software chain - Simulation and digital twin make product and process development easier

As a result of close cooperation with Siemens, Autefa was able to launch the world’s fastest baling press with automatic packaging. 

MediaService application reports may be based on previously published Siemens technical articles.

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