Beyond Blueprints: Facility Development with 3D Simulation and Virtual, Digital Twins

With an abundance of ideas in the world and a scarcity in our ability to execute them, cost, time, and risk must be minimized before executing operations in capital-intensive projects.   With this in mind, Circular Rubber supports the design of standard operating procedures in its first commercial demonstration facility using new solutions such as 3D simulation and virtual, digital twins. 

Layout, flow, space usage, adaptability, scalability, logistics, inventory management, resource allocation, failure analysis, quality control, and safety are all design parameters that must be thoroughly examined for successful operational planning.  Modelling for unknown data and scenarios with traditional methods such as flow charts and spreadsheets is difficult, time-consuming, one-dimensional, and frequently produces superficial results. 

Circular Rubber uses advanced commercially available tools to model, simulate, quantify, analyze, visualize, and optimize multiple operational parameters in developing its production facility.   Detailed data such as throughputs, speeds, process steps, variabilities, travel distances, operator tasks, inventory, assembly, transportation, and safety scenarios are inputted into a virtual environment and transformed into a digital twin. 

Circular Rubber has already achieved considerable cost, time, and risk savings by experimenting with virtual simulations to make better-informed decisions, identify bottlenecks, optimize processes, and address safety concerns. Different scenarios are created to better understand the complexities, variabilities, and uncertainties inherent to complex operations.   Circular Rubber is constructing the world’s first, therefore not everything is known; but in utilizing these technologies, we have already overcome many challenges and considerably derisked operations.

Circular Rubber’s focus on leveraging 3D simulation and digital twins showcases a commitment to cutting-edge technologies for addressing complex challenges. By prioritizing cost efficiency, time savings, and risk mitigation while considering environmental and economic impact, Circular Rubber is positioned to stay at the forefront of innovation in the rubber industry.

Raahem Sheikh, Project Engineer E.I.T.

As a Project Engineer with education and experience in chemical and energy engineering, Raahem assesses and ensures the technical feasibility of the engineering designs and implementations. Raahem is skilled in technical risk assessment and mitigation.