Simulation software simulates real-world systems and machines controlled by PLC or DCS systems. The entire system (communications, sequencing/ interlocking, HMI/SCADA, and alarms) can be tested, all emergency faults can be verified and operators trained prior to the system going operational.
With Simulation software, control system errors can be swiftly identified in the office, allowing new processes to be implemented quickly and accurately thereby avoiding the high cost of production downtime. The software allows the creation of a dynamic model on a PC that duplicates the behaviour of the I/O devices, providing the control system with simulated device feedback.
The main benefits of simulation software is identifying and eliminating system problems early in the project cycle, reducing the Hot commissioning time on site and project delays, risk reduction and right first time and potentially overall cost reduction.