Integrating dynamic process simulation into detailed automation engineering

Niklas Paganus, Karri Honkoila, Tommi Karhela

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    Plant engineering workflow consists of different phases and engineering disciplines. Dynamic process simulation can be utilized to mitigate risks and improve quality of design in the engineering workflow. Earlier and more extensive utilization of simulation is proposed in this paper using an integrated simulation-assisted engineering workflow. In this paper, basic automation design and tests are conducted in dynamic process simulation software Apros. The basic automation design is delivered to detailed design for implementation. Usually engineering projects utilize multiple non-interoperable software tools requiring significant manual data transfer. Standard engineering data interfaces provide reusable and automatic transfer features for engineering software. In this paper, standard-based integration of automation and simulation engineering is demonstrated by transferring automation design data in PLCopen XML format to detailed design. The integration and its benefits are demonstrated and some limitations and challenges for wider utilization are recognized.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), 2016 IEEE 21st International Conference on
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-1314-2 , 978-1-5090-1313-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-1315-9
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event21st IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2016 - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 6 Sept 20169 Sept 2016
    Conference number: 21


    Conference21st IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2016
    Abbreviated titleETFA 2016


    • automation engineering
    • engineering workflow
    • interoperability
    • simulation
    • virtual commissioning


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