PLANO, TEXAS — Siemens Digital Industries Software offers a variety of simulation-guided scale-up and process development technologies to help companies bring products to market quickly and cost-effectively.

Simulation technologies provide a “digital twin” that may validate technical feasibility and enable exploration of a wider range of ideas, the company said.

“The digital twin is a virtual representation of the product,” said Tom Philips, director of simulation portfolio development at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “It’s kind of a single source of truth you can look at that goes from the ideation stage all the way through to realization and utilization.”

Simulation and predictive engineering technologies also may help food processors solve sustainability challenges by changing traditional production processes and investigating alternative processes. They may be used to improve energy efficiency and reduce the use of raw materials.

“If you take any process, like mixing, for example, what you look at in physical reality is very much intransparent,” said Ravi Aglave, director of energy and process simulation at Siemens. “You may have some probes and sensors that give you point information at a few locations, but a 3D simulation helps you make that process very transparent. This means you can look into the heart of the process. That information is a valuable tool you can use to improve your processes.”