The benefits to these customers, who are generally working on tight project timescales, are both clear and significant. In these instances, it is not unusual for valuable savings on project timescales to be realised as a result of the virtual commissioning process. In this article, Tim Bednall – Sales & Marketing Manager for Wood Automated Systems UK explains how the virtual commissioning process developed by the company can bring equally tangible benefits when applied to smaller automated systems, and why in time it is likely to become the standard approach for all automation projects.The usual method of commissioning for automation systems has generally followed a traditional route. The system will be designed, individual component parts either outsourced or manufactured, software, PLC and robot programmes created, and once the system build process is almost complete, initial commissioning will begin. Although a clear, structured and well-understood process, it is time consuming, and at the point where true commissioning begins, the project timescales are likely to already be compressed with the target completion date looming.As many smaller automation projects become more complex, especially in instances where there may be multiple technologies being integrated, the justification for and the potential benefits to be realised by using the virtual commissioning process become clearer. Therefore, within today’s high-pressure and fast-paced environment, simulation and virtual commissioning is likely to become an essential part of many automation projects. Not only do these processes help mitigate risk, they also significantly reduce precious set-up time on site.
Read the full article in the January 2020 issue of PBSI
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