Bachmann Powers Controllab Digital Twin
We have been working closely with Bachmann for eight years now. After taking this relationship to the next level in 2014 with a formal technical partnership, we have completed multiple projects together. Controllab CEO Christian Kleijn and CTO Paul Weustink talk about their cooperation with Bachmann – and what benefits this brings to their shared clients.
“A Bachmann controller on a wind turbine or in the propulsion system of a ship sends back a lot of data. We use those data to reconstruct a digital version of the system. This is the digital twin. The advantages of the digital twin are already seen during the preliminary design phase of a system. By creating a digital model of a system, a client can develop and test it in this simulated environment long before construction begins.”
Controllab also uses the concept of the digital twin during the operational phase of a dynamic system. When a shipping company wants to see how its fleet is performing, we can look back at several months of data, or maybe a client needs faster feedback. In this instance we can take data from the real system, then investigate this in our simulation model to determine how to make that system work more efficiently. We can carry out this process within a matter of hours.
Controllab’s 20-sim software is complemented by its VR and AR products, which can be used to display the digitally created environment. VR is typically used when you want to show how a system works. AR, on the other hand, is for when you have to interact with the environment.