What is Emulation?
What existing and future needs does it address?
Ready For Industry 4.0
Emulation Is Part Of The Changing Technological Landscape.
Industry 4.0 is bringing digital transformation to all organisations. It’s affecting education, it introduces new tools and technology, and it changes the way we work.
As part of the nine technologies transforming industry defined by the Boston Consulting Group, emulation brings greater opportunities for lowering costs and reducing production downtime. Virtual models of real-world systems can be created and used to support entire system life-cycles.
What is Emulation?
The Next Step From Simulations.
Many people get confused between simulation and emulation. They’re usually seen as quite interchangeable terms. However, while simulation provides a way of testing the basic behaviors of a system, emulation goes further than this.
Emulation allows you to duplicate an exact component or system like the real thing. The only difference is that it exists in a virtual environment, rather than the real world.
Simumatik Uses The Latest Technology
Digital platforms such as Simumatik stand at the very front of supporting automated systems in engineering:
Circa.1968 – PLC Programming
The automobile industry was the first industry to use PLCs in their manufacturing process. Their “Standard Machine Controller” showed a 60 percent reduction in downtime.¹
Circa. 1980s – PC Adoption and Simulation Expansion
The desktop computer gave users an interface to PLCs directly, as well as software improvements to monitor machine motions alot easier.¹
During this period, the field of simulation expanded to develop modeling and analytic tools.² It’s used to test scenarios based on pre-defined metrics.³
¹ c3controls.com PLC programming then and now: The history of PLCs.
² D.Goldsman, R.Nance & J.Wilson (2010) A brief history of simulation. Research Gate.
³ I.McGregor (2002) The relationship between simulation and emulation.
Circa. 2000s – Emulation Concept
Emulation models designed to bridge the “credibility gap” of a real system. Used to further test control systems under realistic conditions.¹
Today – Digital Twins and Emulation Application
Digital Twins and can be widely adopted across the full production life-cycle of an automated system to test and verify before any physical commissioning. The visual, physics, interface connections and behaviours can all be replicated like a real system. Time and cost investing in building accurate virtual models is paid off by the reduction in real commissioning time and costs. More efficiencies are gained while reducing resource use.¹
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