Test methodology for virtual commissioning based on behaviour simulation of production systems
Production systems in Europe are characterised by a high level of automation. Additionally, Europe exports machines and plants worldwide. These products are distinguished by high quality and huge complexity. With all vendors throughout the supply chain in strong competition with vendors from other parts of the world, safeguarding production in Europe requires a very flexible design of the production systems, optimum time to market and exceedingly high product quality by the component provider and OEMs as end users. In particular, the introduction of the Virtual Commissioning technology by OEMs in the automotive area aims to shorten the phases of planning and commissioning of the production system and to prevent failures early on. The research project AVANTI is based on these goals and aims to improve the advanced behaviour description of devices, components and complete production systems and to establish a formal virtual commissioning test method. The integration of these goals into the life cycle of the production system will help to reduce the efforts and misunderstanding between different partners in the life cycle phases.