The virtual machine

HeiVM creates virtual models – known as digital twins – of automation components for the planning, simulation, virtual commissioning, and configuration of a plant.

To program the controllers and robots, these virtual models must be absolutely identical to their physical counterparts in terms of the functional behavior of their kinematics and interfaces.

Extensive libraries of virtual components – from presses, robots, conveyor belts, and entire automation systems to individual sensors and actuators – make it easier to model processes.

Automation strategies can be tested in terms of their functionality and behavior over time, enabling process sequences to be optimized.

The concept of real commissioning on the virtual model means that you can simulate all current and future operating sequences in the relevant production environment in real time and control them using the original automation software.

This lets you achieve higher roll-out quality for automation and drive solution software and identify design and sequence errors at an early stage. Parallel processes significantly shorten project duration.

With HeiVM, the virtual model can also be made available to process owners, who can then put the plant together as production technology experts and commission it themselves.

Features of HeiVM
  • Real commissioning on the virtual model
  • Real-time simulation of operating sequences in the production environment
  • Adaptation of software to the actual equipment layout and work processes
Benefits of HeiVM
  • Shorter project duration and commissioning
  • Improved software quality for problem-free production
  • Reduced plant downtime
  • Faster and easier training of employees on the virtual model
  • Significant cost savings and higher productivity
More information

HeiVM white paper

Virtual commissioning