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Siemens in collaboration with Acciona, creates a Digital Twin for water treatment plants  

Simit software can be used to simulate field equipment and even the process of an entire plant, in real time. The Digital Twin creates a collaborative environment in which a virtual commissioning can be run, and operators can be trained in a safe way using a remote training station.  
The digital twin enables testing of the operational data in the process control system before the implementation, which makes process validation simpler, and means you can try various system operation and optimization options.
A Digital Twin is an exact digital copy of the real installation. It offers some significant advantages including remote plant management, analyzing and optimizing plant productivity and preventing faults before commissioning. There are two sides to the ‘Digital Twin’, one related to the actual engineering design and the other related to the control system, in which different technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things or Machine Learning converge. Creating a Digital Twin of a desalination plant is a complex project, as various knowledge disciplines on the process, mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, instrumentation, the control system and the simulation platform must all come together. 
The system was developed in CECOA (the Acciona water control center) adopting the same cyber security standards and communication channel allocation used at all the other plants connected.  This gives access to all functions in a quick and flexible way. The creation of the Digital Twin meets an ever-increasing need in the water sector: the automation systems are implemented with highest efficiency and availability, so that the plants are commissioned as quickly as possible.   
Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed companies Siemens Energy, the global energy business of Siemens, and Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the energy systems of today and tomorrow as well as the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (as part of Siemens Energy), Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at
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Digital Industries

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