Fields of Application
Virtual 3D Systems can be used in many areas. From development through project implementation to operation, maintenance and product updates, the digital tool of Virtual 3D Systems supports any process. As a digital twin, Virtual 3D Systems enables decision makers, developers, programmers, and operators to interact with the application without risk.
- Risk-free testing of control software on the virtual machine
- Detecting collisions virtually
- Quality increase in the control software
- Reducing travel costs
- Minimization of downtime
- Retrofit without risk
- Working in a team independent of location and hardware
A practical example:
The commissioning of large machines is not easily possible in factories due to space limitations. Virtual 3D Systems turns such machines into digital twins in an instant. They act exactly like the real equipment – with all the physical effects. Connected controllers drive virtual actuators and get realistic feedback from virtual sensors. With Virtual 3D Systems programming and commissioning of the control software takes place directly on the digital twin. Without effort, without risk and without headache.
With Virtual 3D Systems, digital twins of real machines and equipment can be created in no time. When connected to the real controller, the twin behaves exactly like the actual machine in reality. Thanks to physical real-time simulation, material transport and the behavior of actuators and sensors are presented in a realistic manner.The advantage? For example, you can design, program and virtually commission your control software on the virtual machine.
The digital twin is given real characteristics in Virtual 3D Systems by incorporating the physical properties of components, actuators, and sensors. With the stored algorithms and the physical calculation, Virtual 3D Systems simulates how well the program software of the controller interacts with the mechanics of the machine. Motion sequences and their consequences, such as collisions, become visible in real time, regardless of location and hardware. With the great advantage that everything happens in the virtual world and no real damage occurs.
Virtual 3D Systems facilitates the interaction of several commissioning engineers. The virtual model can be reproduced as often as desired and can be selectively divided into segments for teams.
The virtual environment enables selective and modifiably repetitive test phases even in complex systems or processes, without the hardware development suffering as a result. Early detection of errors and continuous optimization before final commissioning means an increase in software quality.
Virtual 3D Systems avoids most of the usual on-site commissioning work. Virtual commissioning eliminates the lion’s share of travel expenses and minimizes commissioning times at the end of the project, which automatically means reduced downtime in the customer process. In summary, virtual commissioning optimizes the commissioning process as a whole. Virtual 3D Systems reduces the risk of prolonged start-up times and brings satisfied customers through minimal breaks in their production process.
When modernization of existing equipment is required, Virtual 3D Systems supports the development by first testing the adaptation of the control software virtually and only then applying it to the production machine.
Virtual commissioning takes place on the digital twin regardless of location and hardware.
In this application video we see the virtual commissioning of a robot cell. Parallel to mechanical assembly of the robot cell, processes are already being tested and optimized with Virtual 3D Systems. And what’s best: We’re using the real control system!
Here we see a bin picking robot cell in Virtual 3D Systems. A master computer, a PLC and a robot controller are interacting with the digital twin. Virtual cameras detect objects and virtual grippers allow moving the parts around. The path planning of the robot is executed with a sophisticated algorithm on the master computer. The simulation of physical effects in Virtual 3D Systems allows realistic testing of the entire process.
The application video shows the commissioning of a conveyor line. Frequency converters and conveyor belts are controlled by a PLC according to the feedback of the photoelectric sensors. One and the same control program for the digital twin as well as for the system built in reality!
- Process optimization in advance
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Device Manufacturers and Control Engineering
- Process simulation
- Process analysis
- Virtual device testing
- Development environment for device manufacturers
- Real-time simulation
- Rapid prototyping
Digital twins are not limited to production systems and special machines. Device manufacturers can benefit from them as well. Build your prototype digitally first and actuate it with your microcontrollers. Expensive experimental setups become superfluous.
Virtual 3D Systems opens up completely new possibilities in the development and verification of controls and regulations for devices. The integrated real-time capable multiphysics simulation enables the simulation of adjustably complicated processes. You want to simulate circuits in conjunction with 3D mechanics? No problem.
Marketing and Sales
- Professional presentation models
- Scalable project modules
- Detailed project calculation
- Elaborate project handover to engineering
- Increased efficiency in sales
A picture is worth a thousand words. And a realistic animation even more so. Convince your customers with detailed 3D animations instead of paper sketches. The 3D animation ensures that everyone involved gets the same idea of what is being planned. Virtual 3D Systems makes it possible to talk to customers more efficiently about your system concept and to develop solutions faster.
Even before the acceptance of a real machine or system, Virtual 3D Systems enables training for operators on the digital twin. This simplifies the instruction phase and shortens the trial phase in reality. Initial operator errors have no real impact on the digital model.
Intelligent HMI on the Machine
- 3D HMI
- Real-time feedback from the process
- Virtual analysis in case of error
- 3D error analysis
Digital twins created with Virtual 3D Systems are a real asset to operators and maintenance personnel as an intelligent HMI on the real machine. In the real-time capable 3D model, errors are displayed where they occurred in reality. During a remote maintenance session, the service technician quickly gains an overview of what is happening in the process right now, thanks to the 3D animation.
- Sustainable development
- Virtual evolution
- Increased service life
of equipment an machinery
The complete simulation of a machine in Virtual 3D systems using the real program and real parameters enables further development in the virtual world. For new systems to be designed, the modules of existing machines can be adopted. With platform technology from V3S, machines and systems can be virtually reproduced. The digital twin is the basis for future machine generations. This gives V3S-based developments a sustainable start-up advantage. Virtual 3D Systems is the ideal environment to test updates in advance. This eliminates expensive downtime and possible damage.The recycling of existing equipment and machines increases their service life. Investments become more economical with V3S.
Research and Education
- Intuitive operation
Researching in digital factories becomes reality with Virtual 3D Systems. Complete factories can be represented in the 3D animation. This eliminates expensive and sometimes inaccurate real model structures. With Virtual 3D Systems you can digitally create your test factory or prototype. That means less costs and less space needed. Thanks to the technology of Hardware in the Loop, algorithms can be used on the real controllers. With the multiphysics simulation integrated in Virtual 3D Systems the smallest details can be modeled. For example, increasing the temperature increases friction in the 3D animation just as it would in reality. Virtual 3D Systems simulates exactly what happens in real life! Introduction to the software is easy and straightforward thanks to the intuitive operation of Virtual 3D Systems. Install and get started!