An increasing number of variants with a tendency towards batch size 1, shorter product life cycles and high cost pressure: In the age of digitization, digital twins are indispensable in many areas. ISG Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH has years of experience in the realization of simulation solutions with significant competitive advantages for customers in the field of mechanical and plant engineering. With the new generation ISG-virtuos 3 the simulation platform also becomes a solution for manufacturing automation and intralogistics.
ISG-virtuos is an open, cross-company simulation platform, with which complete production systems including all components (controls, robots, material flow etc.) can be checked and optimized in deterministic real time. The simulations are created from virtual components, which - stored in corresponding libraries - can be reused and exchanged at any time. Thus, virtual systems are not created anew each time, but are configured by simply exchanging the components. This process can also be completely automated.
ISG-virtuos covers the production and the various employment of simulation models along the entire life cycle of an automation solution of the selling over digital engineering into the operating phase. Besides the early (virtual) commissioning, the digital twins are also used parallel to the operation, e.g. for training purposes and service cases.
In the field of virtual commissioning (VIBN) ISG-virtuos enables, besides model-in-the-loop and software-in-the-loop, the hardware-in-the-loop simulation (MiLS, SiLS, HiLS) in which the behavior of the used components, machines and plants including the used field buses is simulated. During system testing, deterministic control real-time with guaranteed response times of e.g. 1ms is achieved by directly connecting real controllers via common field buses and by using real-time operating systems.
In order to cover the respective customer requirements exactly, ISG offers customized license packages.
The advantages of virtual commissioning and simulation-based engineering - i.e. the use of digital twins over the complete life cycle of an automation solution - are obvious: