How to Empower Machine Builders for Virtual Factory Acceptance Testing

By Julianne Bass

Manufacturers increasingly require machine builders to furnish them with digital twins for use in virtual factory acceptance tests. By harnessing digital twin technology in their design processes and practices, machine builders not only meet their clients’ demands, they also increase their productivity, and that of their clients, in other important ways.

With a comprehensive digital twin solution and virtual commissioning, manufacturers can reduce costs and time to market. They can create 3D CAD models of machines that simulate the machine’s real behavior, with the simulations controlled by a virtual PLC. Thanks to these tools, mechanical, electrical and automation engineers can work collaboratively to increase first-time quality.

Machine builders take advantage for digital twins for four main reasons:

  • Eliminating errors
  • Sequencing of operations
  • Training
  • Validation and documentation

Virtual factory acceptance tests require the use of a comprehensive digital twin and simulation to identify errors early in the product life cycle, reducing onsite issues and real commissioning time.

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