Virtual Machines Control (VMC) Program

Prof. Jean Bosco demonstrating Digital Twin system to CS Education
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A core challenge of research/training associated with Industrie 4.0 and CPS is to bridge the gap between the physical and cyber world. Virtual Reality (VR) may contribute to this endeavor, since this technology is inherently suitable to visualize digital contents and allows intuitive userinteractions within a highly immersive virtual environment.The most important features of CPS are the high degree of (partial) autonomy, network communication, the ability to personalize it and general user-friendliness. This Program is designed to be integrated into existing forms of study, and is divided into three levels:

  1. VMC Level 1
  2. VMC Level 2
  3. VMC Level 3
Virtual Reality for Machines Assembling at DeKUT Siemens Training Centre
Virtual Machines Control (VMC)
Industry 4.0 - Digital Twin Technology
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Industry 4.0 Technology:

Integrating Digital Twin and Virtual Commissioning in African Industries.

Industry 4.0 technology & Digital twin technology nexus

Today, Industry 4.0 refers to the intelligent networking of machines and processes for industry with the help of information and communication technology, because the vision and promise of Industry 4.0 is so bold, and its impact so significant, manufacturers can’t afford to ignore it.

The opportunity of Industry 4.0 is massive for suppliers and manufacturers alike, with most research firms expecting the market for Industry 4.0 technologies to at least double over the next 5 years.

1. Digital Twin Technology

Digital twin model has three main parts:

  • Physical products in Real Space
  • Virtual products in Virtual Space
  • The connections of data and information that ties the virtual and real products together.
Digital twin technology concept
Assembly model in Siemens NX
Virtual model linked to TIA
Digital twin control system and physical model successfully linked
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The potential benefits of digital twin applications are compelling: improved efficiency, better product quality, shorter unplanned downtime, and reduced start-up times, to name a few. Digital twins can be applied from initial factory planning and design to commissioning and maintenance, giving them value throughout the production lifecycle.

2. Virtual Commissioning

Elevator project - virtual model
Elevator project - physical model
PC with a virtual machine
Real machine in simulation
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This is where controls are integrated, bugs are found and fixed, procedures are written and operators are trained on new equipment, new processes or revised procedures. This phase is challenging to plan and overruns frequently, which delays production and can result in late shipments — and even lost business.