This modular approach uses a suite of products that have been designed to work together, which makes it very easy to add new simulation capabilities during different stages of the lifecycle of a plant. Thus, the simulation created for logic checkout at FAT can be re-used and adapted to create operator training and/or process simulation.
Controller Simulator (PLCSim) – Allows development and testing of configuration logic without controller hardware
SIMBApro FAT – For simulation of I/O signal response (conventional I/O and digital fieldbus) in order to test timing and system loading
SIMIT – Modular software simulation package that can be used for panel checkout, loopback testing, to simulate mass flow (through pipes, tanks, pumps, valves and heat exchangers), batch / recipe development and operator training
3rd Party Packages (such as HYSYS)- Can be easily connected via OPC to create simulation of advanced thermochemical reactions
One of the keys to effective use of simulation packages is tight integration, with the control system engineering tools. With the Siemens simulation packages, the majority of the simulation logic can be created directly from the actual control system configuration via export/import or via the system’s bulk engineering tools.
This minimizes additional engineering efforts (for the sole purpose of creating simulation), and provides traceability between the control system configuration and the simulation.