Direct deployment of component-based automation systems

Modular approaches and virtual commissioning are regarded as two key enablers to reduce the effort, cost and time of automation system engineering. This contribution reviews existing researches on the virtual commissioning of modular automation systems. The research work carried out by the authors, which provides a new engineering toolset for the virtual commissioning component-based modular automation system engineering, is reported. Combing the industrial needs related to our research works and the limitations of existing virtual commissioning approaches, an approach to the direct deployment of control systems of component-based automation systems based on virtual commissioning is presented. A use case of the proposed solution using related engineering tools developed by the authors is also provided.