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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 109777165, Entry date: 08/05/2021
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SIMIT/MCD/AMESIM - Virtual commissioning in machine building

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In order to reduce risks and effort during the real commissioning, the virtual commissioning of a machine offers an efficient alternative. With the help of NX MCD, SIMIT and PLCSIM Advanced you can virtually commission your machine.


Here you can find an overview of our virtual comissioning and application simulation examples.
  Virtual Commissioning and Simulation - Application Examples (4,0 MB)




  • Virtual commissioning of machines -Getting started

With this Getting Started you can learn the main steps for performing virtual commissioning with the SIMATIC Machine Simulator using a concrete application example.

The application example in this Getting Started shows you the following:
  • Getting started with virtual commissioning.
  • Demonstration of the coupling and interaction of the individual programs.
  • Example projects for each program that can be used as templates for your own applications.
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SIMATIC Machine Simulator Virtual commissioning of machines Getting Started
SIMATIC/SIMOTION Virtual Commissioning with Hardware in the Loop

 

  • Virtual Commissioning with SIMIT and PLCSIM Advanced
This application example demonstrates possibilities of virtual commissioning using SIMATIC Machine Simulator including SIMIT and SIMATIC S7-PLCSIM Advanced.

For this purpose a simple demo machine was designed. Goal of the machine is filling and capping bottles travelling on a conveyor. PLC program for this machine was prepared in TIA Portal and virtually commissioned with help of SIMIT.

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SIMATIC Machine Simulator - Virtual Commissioning with SIMIT and PLCSIM Advanced


  • Motor Sizing with NX MCD
This example describes an approach how to select a motor with the help of NX Mechatronics Concept Designer and SIZER.

During the development of a machine, the motor sizing plays an essential role. With NX MCD (Mechatronics Concept Designer), it is possible to do motor selection in addition to the software SIZER. Due to the kinematic design, including mechanics and physics simulation in MCD, it’s possible to export the simulation result to SIZER to do a further selection. Limitations of the physics simulation with NX MCD must be taken into account.

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Motor Sizing with NX MCD

 






  • MCD/SIMIT model for cylinder positioning

The Standard Application SIMATIC Cylinder Positioning was developed to offer a flexible positioning solution for flexo machines.

This application example allows you to simulate SIMATIC Print Standard Add-On Cylinder Positioning using PLCSIM Advanced, SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD). Therefore, the MCD model consists of one flexographic printing unit and simulates it's kinematics. Furthermore, a SIMIT Model is provided to simulate the behavior model for this machine setup and PLCSIM Advanced is used to emulate a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller. The PLCSIM Advanced instance runs the corresponding example project for SIMATIC Print Standard Add-On Cylinder Positioning. This setup allows a virtual commissioning on the digital twin.

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SIMATIC Print Standard Add-On Cylinder Positioning



  • SIMIT model for continuous web simulation

The SIMATIC application Winder and Tension Control is part of the Converting Toolbox and was developed with the objective to provide common functions which are necessary for any kind of converting machine.


This application example allows you to simulate a continuous web process of your converting machine in order to virtually commission your PLC program using PLCSIM Advanced and SIMIT. Mechanical and process elements like winders, driven axes, guide rolls, dancers, and the web behavior can be modeled with the described simulation components. Among others this allows you to test and validate your winder and web tension control in the virtual environment. 

SIMATIC Winder and Tension Control




  • MCD/SIMIT model for Simapress + Press Safety Blocks

The Simapress standard application is used to automate a conventional flywheel press with SIMATIC S7-1500.

This application example allows you to simulate the SIMATIC Simapress application in combination with the SIMATIC S7-F/P Press Safety Blocks using PLCSIM Advanced, SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD). Therefore, the MCD model consists of a mechanical flywheel press and simulates it's kinematics. Furthermore, a SIMIT model is provided to simulate the behavior model for this machine setup and PLCSIM Advanced is used to emulate a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller.

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SIMATIC Simapress: Software package to automate a conventional flywheel press
SIMATIC S7-F/P Press Safety Blocks



  • MCD/SIMIT model for SIMATIC Hairpin Application
The Hairpin TIA application allows the operator to simulate an example for a hairpin production machine using PLCSIM Advanced, SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD).

The objective and purpose of the application example is a reduction of the development time when developing applications for hairpin production lines using SIMATIC. Therefore, a MCD model is provided containing a CAD-based model of a hairpin production line. Furthermore, a SIMIT model is provided to simulate the behavior model for this machine and PLCSIM Advanced is used to emulate a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller.
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SIMATIC Hairpin Application


  • MCD/SIMIT model for Intelligent Belt - Multi Belt Control

The Intelligent Belt application (multi belt control) can be used to pick up sequentially arriving products and to provide them grouped at an unloading position.


In this application example you can simulate the SIMATIC Intelligent Belt application with PLCSIM Advanced, SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD). The MCD model therefore consists of two individually controllable belts and a loading and unloading station and simulates their kinematics. In addition, a SIMIT model is provided to simulate the behavior model for this machine and PLCSIM Advanced is used to emulate a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller.
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SIMATIC/SIMOTION Intelligent Belt - Multi Belt Control



  • MCD/SIMIT model + toolkit for Multi-Carrier-System


The Multi-Carrier-System is a linear motor-based transport system for highly flexible and modular applications.

This application example allows you to simulate the SIMATIC Multi-Carrier-System application using PLCSIM Advanced, SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD). The MCD model therefore consists of a transport track, consisting of linear motors, which drive the individual carriers and simulates their kinematics.
Furthermore, a SIMIT model is provided to simulate the behavior model of the transport track and PLCSIM Advanced is used to emulate a SIMATIC S7-1500T controller.

Furthermore a MCS Toolkit for NX MCD is provided. The MCS Toolkit enables a fast and easy virtual commissioning of a multi-carrier system by automated kinematization in MCD as well as the automatic generation of drive behaviour models in SIMIT.


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SIMATIC Virtual Commissioning of the Multi-Carrier-System



  • MCD/SIMIT model for Intelligent Infeed – Product Separation



The Intelligent Infeed application can be used to create equal gaps between irregularly arriving products of same length. A typical use case is the synchronization of the products into a tappet chain.

This application example allows you to simulate SIMATIC Intelligent Infeed – Product Separation using SIMATIC PLCSIM Advanced, SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (MCD). Therefore, the MCD Model consists of 1 inlet belt, 5 infeed belts and 1 outlet belt. Furthermore, a SIMIT Model is provided to simulate the behavior model for this machine setup and SIMATIC PLCSIM Advanced is used to emulate a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller. The SIMATIC PLCSIM Advanced instance runs the corresponding example project. This allows a virtual commissioning with the digital twin.


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SIMATIC Intelligent Infeed – Product Separation









  • Simcenter Amesim - 2D Converting Library


This application provides a model library for simulation of a converting machine based on detailed physical models of its components within Simcenter Amesim. 

The 2D Converting library allows to analyze the machine dynamic behavior in time and frequency domain considering mechanical design, material properties, control strategy and machine disturbances.

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Simcenter Amesim 2D Converting Library







  • SIMIT – Control Library 

The SIMIT behavior library already contains some standard components, such as buttons, indicators, actuators and valves. With this library you receive an extension of the control and indicator elements library of SIMIT contained in the standard:

  • Rotary Switch / Key Switch
  • Indicator Tower / Indicator Lamps
  • Emergency Stop / Light Buttons

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SIMIT - Control Library



  • SIMOTION - SIMOSIM Advanced
With SIMOSIM Advanced one or several SIMOTION D CPUs can be simulated in combination with a behavior model in SIMIT.

The focus of SIMOSIM, which is already included in SIMOTION SCOUT, is testing the program during the development. The focus of SIMOSIM Advanced is to perform integration and system test scenarios. In combination with SIMIT and NX Mechatronics Concept Designer (NX MCD) you have all necessary components to perform a virtual commissioning of a machine.
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SIMOTION - SIMOSIM Advanced


  • SIMIT – Unity Coupling
In order to reduce risks and effort during the real commissioning, the virtual commissioning of a machine offers an efficient alternative. This application example describes how to use the provided Unity package to build up a kinematic model based on existing 3D data and connect it with a SIMIT project.
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SIMIT - Unity Coupling


  • SIMIT - General Information
Further technical information and solutions regarding the SIMIT simulation platform can be found on the SIMIT overview page.

Simulation Model Generator
The application example contains a TIA Portal Add-in, which enables the user to automatically create simulation models for SIMIT, based on the TIA Portal product configuration.

SIMIT - Behavior Model Libraries
Here you can find a collection of libraries with behavior models of devices and system parts for SIMIT simulation.

SIMIT - Couplings
SIMIT natively offers several built-in couplings. Additional it´s possible to expand these functionality by creating additional couplings.

Additional Keywords
motioncontrol_apc_applications, Digitalisierung, Digitalization, Digitaler Zwilling, Digital Twin
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