Kornit Digital is a leading manufacturer of inkjet high-speed machines for the textile industry. Their machines have been widely recognized for their innovative concepts and have significantly improved the sustainability of the textile industry by minimizing waste and water consumption.
Kornit Digital’s machines are capable of printing high-quality images directly onto textiles, eliminating the need for intermediate steps such as transfer papers and reducing the use of water in the process. They use eco-friendly water-based inks, which are free from hazardous chemicals, making them safe for both the environment and workers in the textile industry.
Kornit Digital’s machines also offer benefits such as reduced setup times, low maintenance requirements, and the ability to print on demand, which allows for more efficient use of resources and reduced waste. These features have helped the textile industry move towards a more sustainable future, where manufacturing processes are more environmentally friendly and economically viable.
Kornit Digital, a leading manufacturer of inkjet high-speed machines for the textile industry, partnered with Simumatik to develop a digital twin of their new machine during its development. The pilot project involved building a model of a small part of the machine, which was developed and commissioned by the Simumatik consultancy team.
The project continued with the modelling of the remaining components of the machine, including encoders, sensors, and conveyors. The Simumatik consultancy team and Kornit Digital’s engineers worked closely together to ensure that the experience in modelling was shared within the team.
The components of the machine were built to respond to the same input as the real system and provide the same outputs. The system was assembled to mirror the real machine, with the components in the same positions and with the same connections between them. The Beckhoff TwinCAT software was connected to the Simumatik Platform, and the emulation model was validated against the real machine.
Once the model was built, the PLC and software teams could begin working with the digital twin in the early stages of development. The cloud-based sharing capabilities of the Simumatik Platform allowed several engineers to develop their part of the PLC program simultaneously, using the same model in parallel.
The digital twin allowed the engineers to develop and test the machine’s software and control systems in a virtual environment, which saved time and reduced costs. The team could identify and resolve any issues in the software or control systems early on, which prevented costly delays during the actual machine’s development and testing. Additionally, by using virtual commissioning, Kornit Digital was able to optimize the performance of the machine, minimize downtime, and reduce maintenance costs. This project demonstrated how digital twins can bring significant advantages to companies, including faster time-to-market, reduced costs, and improved product quality.