The Current and Future Challenges for Virtual Commissioning and Digital Twins of Production Lines
ROBOT - Virtual robot cell commissioning. The concept Virtual Verification is based on the ability to test and validate systems against a virtual model, instead of an actual, real production system. The direct and obvious benefits of Virtual Verification include the reduction in time and costs. Furthermore, it also provides a flexible platform that offers the possibility to conduct tests and validations without the stress of a real on-site commissioning.
Despite the many benefits, virtual models are still not widely used in the production industry, and the overall aim of ROBOT is to increase the use and benefits of Virtual Verification of robot applications. Two of the main reasons for the limited usage that will be addressed in ROBOT are the lack of specific knowledge needed to select the right technology and the time-consuming efforts required to develop usable models that represent the geometric, kinetic and dynamic behaviors of the automation devices.
Anna Syberfeldt, Professor, email@example.com, +46 (0)500-448577
ROBOT in VF-KDO
In ROBOT, we will study how to use virtual models in the whole life-cycle of a robotic system. Usually, virtual models is used only in the development and validation phases, but it can also for example be used to help train expert users and operators, and to allow the implementation of system upgrades or modifications without compromising real production. It can even be used in the design phase to support design decisions, as well as help in the sales process and initial discussions with customers. Finally, virtual models can be used for optimization, in order to achieve an efficient operation and performance.