Rockwell Automation and Ansys Partner to Optimize Industrial Operations

By Craig Resnick

Acquisition or Partnership

Rockwell Automation and Ansys jointly announced a partnership, which has resulted in Rockwell Automation’s enhanced Studio 5000 Simulation Interface now connecting with Ansys digital twins, which can provide automation and process personnel with new ways to use simulation to help improve the design, deployment, and performance of industrial operations.

The Studio 5000 Simulation Interface connects Rockwell Automation industrial control systems with simulation and modeling tools. The latest release of this tool expands that connectivity to Ansys Twin Builder, a software solution used to create simulation-based digital twins, or digital replicas of physical assets. The software uses multi-physics to help identify how real-world elements, such as  flow rates, mechanical stresses, and thermal profiles, can impact equipment performance and health.

Users can deploy digital twins and simulation to help improve system design, delivery, and performance by:

  • Creating and testing equipment designs in a virtual space to help save engineering time and reduce the need to build physical prototypes, which can be costly.
  • Virtually commissioning equipment to help avoid surprises during start-ups at production sites.
  • Comparing simulated and actual system performance to help identify adjustments that can further improve efficiency, output and more.
  • Testing process changes in a virtual space, before they’re made on a physical system, to further boost throughput or other performance aspects.
  • Calculating the remaining life of components so they can be identified and replaced before they could cause unplanned downtime as part of a predictive maintenance strategy.
  • Providing operator training in a virtual environment, where having equipment available isn’t a factor and operators can be trained on uncommon or dangerous scenarios.

The Studio 5000 Simulation Interface allows users to connect a digital twin to either an emulated or physical controller. Connecting to an emulated controller can help users optimize production at the design stage before they have a physical controller or equipment. Connecting to a physical controller allows users to create a digital twin of how the equipment should run and compare it against actual performance.

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