It’s that moment you dread: You’re doing controls testing on a new machine as a customer’s start-up date approaches, when you discover a problem.
The issue could be almost anything. It could be a functionality problem, like an unexpected stoppage or a missing sensor. Or it could be a last-minute customer concern, like the HMI’s sequence or layout.
Whatever the issue, fixing it can be expensive. Some industrial companies, in fact, report that fixing a machine issue during commissioning can be up to 100 times more expensive than fixing it in the design phase. And of course, there’s also a risk that the issue will cause you to miss your customer’s production start date.
It’s for these reasons that some machine designers are adopting virtual commissioning. This process uses a digital model and simulation of your machine to perform controls testing before you even build a machine. This can help you identify design issues earlier in the build cycle and ultimately help you better meet customer deadlines.