European industry's need for flexible
production system design, optimised time to
market and extremely high product quality
provided the background for the ITEA 2
project AVANTI. The goal was to develop a
virtual commissioning test methodology
based on behaviour simulation of production
systems to enable leading European OEMs,
component and tool providers to gain a
competitive edge. The projects two key
innovations were: (1) virtualisation of the
testing process for industrial production
lines and (2) the combination of different
models and tools for simulating production
to create and perform tests for virtual
commissioning and industrial application.
AVANTI has been at the heart of novel developments
in co-simulation or distributed simulation in which the
Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard is a common
approach. Standardising automation and using functional
mock-up interfaces enables better product distribution
channels and easy use of standard software, thereby
reducing the effort needed to create complex simulation
A project result highlight was the collaboration of TWT
and EKS InTec to design, specify, implement, and test
a co-simulation framework. This framework facilitates
co-simulation of mechatronic components of production
systems. At its core lies a fast and lightweight FMI-based
co-simulation alleviating the integration of co-simulation
approaches into existing processes. This performance-based,
versatile and scalable simulation approach allows
multi-domain simulation based on functional mock-up
units, the integration of open or black-box component
models, protection of Intellectual Property and easy
integration into existing Virtual Commissioning tool chains.
Three OEM use cases from different industrial sectors
demonstrated the results: Daimler (Germany) in
automotive assembly, Arcelik (Turkey) in the production of
white goods and Moventas (Finland) for windmill gearbox
production and testing.
The AVANTI project generated a set of impressive
exploitable results. Daimler, Moventas and Arcelik are
using the developed tools in their virtual testing and
commissioning process chain. TWT, EKS InTec, and KaTron
as participating SMEs are in the process of marketing the
developed exploitable results.
Moventas introduced a process simulation tool for
gearboxes. They target a virtual prototyping tool to
optimise efficiency of the gearbox of wind turbines thereby
reducing testing time and optimising energy production.
EKS introduced a virtual commissioning test generation
and execution tool for users in the manufacturing sector.
This tool automatically generates detailed test cases,
performs test cases and provides a detailed overview of
the results of test cases performed.
TWT introduced the fast and lightweight co-simulation
framework mentioned above to its industrial customers
and partners. It supports FMI-based co-simulation, it
facilitates integration of simulation approaches into
existing process chains, and connects to virtually every
modelling and simulation software.
In the white goods manufacturing domain the Turkish
partners Arcelik and Katron wanted to reduce the number
of stops of trolleys due to collision during line commission.
Katron introduced the AVANTI virtual commissioning
simulator (AVICS), a tool to provide a generic framework
for physics-based 3d simulation.