New To Virtual Commissioning?

What it is, and how to start using Digital Twins to get the most benefit for your organization.

New to virtual commissioning? Use Simumatik to create digital twins to support your systems and processes.

What is Virtual Commissioning?

Virtual commissioning is about carrying out the commissioning process of an industrial automated system against a digital twin, instead of the real thing.

In addition, it’s goal is to validate and verify the system early on. Virtual commissioning doesn’t replace the real thing, but it does reduce the time of real commissioning and its pain points. Above all, you can reduce the risk of errors and faults, whilst saving time, money and resources.

As a result, this can give you a competitive advantage and an ability to deliver high quality solutions.

As part of virtual commissioning, robotics can be recreated as digital twins to test new programming and features.

Benefits of Digital Twins

In order to carry out virtual commissioning, a digital twin needs to be built. But why use a model for just one activity when you can support the entire lifecycle of your system? In addition, a digital twin offers you a safe and effective environment where you can do a lot more:

  • Demonstrate your solutions to your customers and make clear decisions with confidence.
  • Experiment with ease while working with prototypes, upgrades and retrofittings.
  • Increase efficiencies and quality of your final solution by doing exhaustive tests and optimizations.
  • Reduce down time of your existing systems by testing any modification in advance.
  • Train operators and maintenance staff in a safe environment.
The key 7 steps of the System Development Life Cycle including planning, analysis, system design, development, integration and testing, implementation and operations and maintenance.
Virtual commissioning and digital twin use has global applications across multiple industries.


Virtual commissioning and digital twins are not just for industry. For example, the benefits can be applied to many areas including healthcare, logistics and life science. In addition, digital twins can provide unlimited benefits even used in education. The key is finding the right solution based on your goals.

Simulation or Emulation? Picking the right solution

Knowing the difference between simulation and emulation can sometimes be confusing:

Simulation has been around since the 1980’s. It’s a solution for testing a scenario or process based on a set of predefined metrics. Furthermore, it’s based on the basic behavior of a system to give you an idea about how something works.

As a result, it’s great for getting quick answers to questions, or an overview of the results of a process.

An example of simulation logic, based on pre-defined metrics and outputs.
An example of digital twin creation used with augmented reality or VR.

Emulation on the other hand, is about creating a true digital twin of any system. It bridges the credibility gap left by simulations. Digital twins behave exactly like the real thing and allow for realistic conditions to be achieved. Furthermore, the visuals, physics, interface connections and behaviors can all be replicated like a real system.

While simulation gives you a fraction of the picture for a smaller investment, emulation gives you a complete and accurate view resulting in huge resource and cost savings.

In conclusion, simulations may run faster, but emulations run in real-time and are compatible with the real system’s inputs and outputs.

Create Digital Twins with Simumatik

Simumatik’s cloud-based emulation platform leaves no stone unturned. It’s perfect for creating digital twins and for use in virtual commissioning. In addition, it’s flexible and easy to use. Perfect for training the engineers of the future and operationally with professionals.

More and more organizations are unlocking the benefits today. See how we can help deliver a positive impact for you.

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