New Digital Twin Software Cuts Production Time, Costs

Schneider Electric has launched EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin, a scalable digital twin software solution to manage the entire machine lifecycle. To illustrate, the software enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to create digital models of real machines. Hence, they allow virtual design and commissioning before building the machine itself.

EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin’s intuitive environment includes drag-and-drop mechatronic components, VR/AR interfaces, and application-focused libraries. All of these enable the parallel engineering of mechanical, electrical, and control tasks.

Schneider Electric launches digital twin software solution.

Improves Design Processes

The solution’s open programming environment allows for add-ons and extensions, with a multitude of advanced modules. In addition, it allows seamless integration into Schneider’s EcoStruxure Machine Expert and EcoStruxure Machine Advisor. Furthermore, it adopts well to customer data sources, workflows, and processes. EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin helps OEMs to improve design processes and quality and minimize commissioning costs. Moreover, it also provides an entirely new level of flexibility and efficiency in operations and maintenance.

Using EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin, customers can expect 60 percent savings in commissioning time. Next, it helps achieve 50 percent faster time-to-market. In addition, it enables 20 percent savings on quality costs through testing before and during commissioning.

Revolutionizes Design Process

EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin spans the entire machine lifecycle, from sales, concept, and design, to manufacturing and operation. Transforming design ideas into convincing sales animations helps customers to properly visualize the end product. Meanwhile, the in-depth design helps improve and verify prototypes. Therefore, reducing risks, ensuring quality costs, and speed up time-to-market.

EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin revolutionizes machine building by digitizing all the processes, from a detailed design to the mechanical, electrical, and controls, allowing for virtual test strategies and commissioning, as well as shortened factory acceptance testing (FAT). In addition, the solution also improves system integration tests, increases software quality, speeds up production ramp-up, and saves crucial onsite commissioning time.

EcoStruxure Machine Expert Twin can also open new revenue streams. Particularly, for OEMs, over the complete machine lifecycle through machine servicing, operator training, and upgrades. For that reason, OEMs can offer new services based on digital twins. At the same time, they can also improve and test software upgrades virtually, and reduce machine downtime.