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Simulation solution and virtual commissioning services

When working on the development of a prototype of the new Mikron 6x6 machine tool, the company opted to use solutions from the Siemens Motion Control Services portfolio for the first time. This enables Mikron to generate a digital twin of the prototype.

How the digital twin of a prototype emerges

First of all, Siemens experts analyze project-specific commissioning requirements to determine the possibility of using virtual commissioning. So that the customer knows exactly what to expect in terms of work and financial outlay, an estimate of the cost and labor involved is also drawn up.

The experts from Siemens Industry Services then work with the Mechatronics Concept Designer software package (MCD) and the Simit simulation software to create a behavior model. This allows the customer to identify and fix any potential problems at an early juncture using virtual commissioning, and enables kinematics and movement sequences to be visualized and optimized.

The early identification of potential design errors helps prevent damage to the physical machine. The Siemens solution also allows the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) project and the NC (Numerical Control) archive to be commissioned in advance. By linking up to the Simit simulation software and MCD, commissioning can be performed using a real Sinumerik 840D sl VC (Virtual Commissioning) test rack controller.

This allows most of the project testing and optimization to be carried out in advance and with minimized risk.