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November 8, 2021

Deploy Your Digital Twin as a Runtime in Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Simulation Interface

Recently, Ansys and Rockwell Automation announced the next step in their collaboration to improve the design, deployment, and performance of industrial operations.

Rockwell Automation’s latest release of Studio 5000 Simulation Interface now connects to Ansys Twin Builder, enabling engineering teams to implement simulation-based digital twins by unlocking an extensive range of insights that can improve system design, performance, and maintenance of your assets in operation.

But, how does it work and what you will gain?

Leverage Simulation-Based Digital Twins with Reduced-Order Modeling (ROM) Technology

Simulation-based digital twin technology from Ansys enables engineers to implement complete virtual prototypes of real-world systems. Users can test process changes (i.e., material, power energy, environmental conditions, etc.)  before it is implemented on the physical asset. This enables engineering teams to improve throughput and other aspects of performance of the in-operation asset.

Predictive maintenance, supported by simulation-based digital twins, enables users to calculate the remaining life of equipment and plan for maintenance, reducing the chance of costly unplanned downtime. This is the power of ROM technology enabled by Ansys Twin Builder.

Environmental and material effects like flow rates, mechanical stresses, and thermal profiles impact in-field assets. By combining multiphysics simulation of your system models, 3D physics models, and recorded data of your asset, you can create a ROM of your system to reduce simulation time from hours to milliseconds. The simulation-based digital twin can then be exported as a ROM to be deployed in Studio 5000 Simulation Interface.

Deploy Your Digital Twin as a Runtime in Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Simulation Interface

By connecting your simulation-based digital twin to Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Simulation Interface at design time, or in operation on an edge computing device, engineers can simulate complex and detailed physical phenomena and better understand their asset in-operation. 

Getting the virtual replica connected to an in-service physical asset, thanks to runtime technology, gives the users realistic inputs of what is going in the control system of their installation, in real-time. This enables predictive maintenance or optimization of control code by continually comparing the model to the actual production.

By deploying your simulation-based digital twin as a runtime in Studio 5000 Simulation Interface, you can bridge the digital and physical worlds. The exported simulation-based digital twin from Ansys Twin Builder enables users to run their digital twin to:

  • Test and predict equipment behavior
  • Perform what-if scenarios
  • Predict operational issues

To see a live demo of deploying a simulation-based digital twin with Ansys Twin Builder in Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Simulation Interface, join us at Rockwell’s Automation Fair® event on November 10-11, 2021.

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