Many industries are facing increasingly complex algorithms deployed in production systems to achieve greater productivity. In addition, the cost of downtime for implementing improvements in control software can be prohibitive. Today, companies are tuning to virtual commissioning to address these two issues. Mining companies can leverage virtual commissioning to ensure new control algorithms will be reliable, achieve desired results, and be implemented seamlessly with minimal downtime.
Virtual commissioning uses dynamic models to design and validate algorithms for improved productivity. After validation, these algorithms can be automatically deployed to a simulated PLC, where the code running on the PLC is tested against the plant model.
This seminar focuses on two aspects of virtual commissioning: design with simulation, and implementation with code generation. You will see the workflow demonstrated using a common challenge across mining companies: a multi-tank level control problem.
Part 2: Virtual Commissioning
After developing and validating a control strategy in simulation, the control algorithm is deployed to an embedded platform common in the mining industry: a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The generated code is validated by running the code on a simulated PLC that is connected to the Simulink plant model prior to implementation on the real system. This part of the seminar highlights the ease of generating PLC code from a designed algorithm to provide a short reliable path from design to production implementation.