, from Claudia Zeitler, machineering

The way to the digital twin – a guide to implementation

The digital twin accompanies plants over their entire lifecycle. The common opinion is that the virtual counterpart is only brought to life with the real commissioning of a machine. That doesn't mean, however, that companies cannot benefit much earlier in the development process from the advantages of the digital twin. With the simulation model (also called a digital prototype) as the basis of the digital twin, all development steps can be secured, from the initial planning to the assembly and...

, from Dr. Georg Wünsch, machineering

Three steps to an ergonomic workplace

Optimised working environments are very important for man and machine. The optimum design of the workplace and processes as well as their holistic classification in the work system are the bases of efficient work processes. Modern visualisation systems can be very helpful in supporting process, machines and the ergonomics of the workstations in advance. The industrialPhysics software, for example, can be used for the simple design of workplaces so as to make trouble-free working possible at all...

, from Beate Maria Freyer, machineering

An oracle for production – how predictive maintenance can be implemented

Until now a production plant had to fail before it was repaired or defective parts were replaced. Today a fault can be predicted before it even occurs. Predictive maintenance is the new catchphrase that saves an enormous amount of money and can open up new business models.

Simulation software such as industrialPhysics acts in the engineering process as a test bed for the design of the artificial intelligence (AI) that is to be developed, because with the aid of the digital twin a virtual training centre is created for the purpose of preparing the algorithms for your task: namely monitoring the productivity of machines and plants. In principle the simulation is currently used by engineers as a tool with which to obtain findings that could be transferred to reality...

Our experience has shown that nowadays many companies do not use simulation widely enough and are thus missing out on potentials. In order to circumvent this, it is crucial that the principles of efficient working are established within the organisation and the corporate processes. And that is only possible with a deep, structured implementation.

The packaging industry requires smooth procedures, fast implementation and immediate results. This applies both to the suppliers of packaging machines and to the users of such plants. In order to overcome these challenges, many companies have decided to integrate simulation software such as industrialPhysics from machineering into both the development process and the running operation. Not only that, however: the machineering digital twin now also belongs to the infrastructure in many companies....

Finding the right drive for a machine still represents a big challenge to many machine manufacturers. If the drive is too small that will come back to roost at the latest in the case of a possible machine extension. If the drive is too big, that causes costs that could have been avoided. Until now, manufacturers have relied on the knowledge of the experts from the drive suppliers. The planned machine was analysed and the appropriate drive recommended.

, from Florian Wegmann, machineering

Fluent synchronisation secures successful engineering

The development process in present-day machine and plant construction is largely distinguished by sequential processes. The development starts with the design. Once this is done, the electrical circuit diagram, cables and further connections are added. At the end of it all the automation engineer, who is possibly already overseas at the customer, has to program the controllers and commission the plant. Since all the errors from the preceding development come to the surface in this process, this...

, from Claudia Zeitler, Text & PR

Interview with Dr. Wünsch on the subject of virtual commissioning

There is a lot of potential in virtual commissioning, for example the virtual verification of complex mechatronic systems within the development of the product or plant – in other words before the construction of the real plant has even begun. That saves a great deal of effort in the real commissioning, which is naturally reflected in the costs. Today's virtual commissioning needs to be "thought" further however. It's no longer sufficient to end the verification process with the start of...

, from Florian Wegmann

The digital twin – hype or real added value?

Everybody's talking about the digital twin. Everybody wants it, everybody needs it, everybody should get it. But why? Does the digital twin offer genuine added value or is it all just hype that will soon fizzle out? We've taken a closer look:

3D simulation is now a fixture in the industry. Everyone says that all companies should simulate at last. But why? There are clear arguments for this:

In many branches of industry – and that includes the packaging industry – the use of simulation software during the development process and also in the operation of a real plant is now standard. machineering GmbH & Co.KG is very well acquainted with this industry's requirements. Many of its customers are among the major players in the packaging sector. Bosch Packaging, Krones or Somic – all of these companies simulate with industrialPhysics, the simulation software from machineering.

, from Dr. Georg Wünsch, machineering

The digital twin in the control cabinet

The digital twin – the real-time simulation model – will accompany every machine from planning to operation. That applies not only to developments at the major players, but also to work processes at mid-size and small enterprises. The latter in particular are hesitant to approach the topic of simulation models.

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