The Digital Twin: Five Things you Need to Know

Digital TwinThe Digital Twin continues to play a key role in the digitized world of manufacturing by offering manufacturers pre-production simulation and valuable insights into all manufacturing disciplines from machine maintenance and operations to production planning and field support for equipment – therefore enabling them to reduce production errors and time to market.

As a key driver for digital transformation, the digital twin is a powerful game changer for global industries. Here are the five things you need to know about the digital twin.

It Harnesses Data as the Source of Digital Change

One of the key sources of digital change in the manufacturing enterprise is the digital twin. It provides a manufacturer with a unique set of sensor obtained information that extends across the lifespan of a product providing users with value enhancing data from configuration, to history and more; continuing to provide useful data downstream of the products initial delivery.

A Twin to Twin Network Will Create a Valuable Ecosystem

The value enhancing properties of the digital twin can be captured when two different twins are connected, creating a twin2twin ecosystem. A network of twins of differing industrial variants for the plant level, such as asset twins or process twins, are paramount for enabling engineers to constantly improve product and plant quality, equipment performance, and reduce down times.

A Boon to Automotive the Digital Twin Also Benefits Major Industries Like Mining

Digital TwinThe value the digital twin has brought to international companies such as Honda, Tesla, and Kreisel Electric has become an innovation and progressive boon for the automotive industry. Their reliance on a single source of information and digital replication of assets to bring products to market faster can be embraced by the mining and natural resources industries in order to see and experience their operations in the virtual world.

They are Essential in Virtually Re-imagining the Retail Store

Collaboration between technology and retail stores, utilizing digital twins, allows for an exchange of consumer information directly from the sales floor and into the virtual environment for analysis. An innovative solution put forth by Store Electronic Systems uses sensors to monitor live sales and feeds this data directly to the store’s digital twin. Real time analysis evaluates the stores planogram and suggests a more efficient layout, providing that information to store clerks who can respond to optimize their sales.

The Digital Twin is Brought to you in Part by the Power of IIoT

Digital TwinWith the maturation of IoT and IIoT, as seen through the value it adds to industrial processes such as big data, analytics, and predictive maintenance, it has become an integral aspect of the data flow for the digital twin. While IIoT is seeing implementation across industries, automotive behemoths like Toyota are fast tracking its use to leverage real time sensor-collected data through the means of the digital twin. Car manufacturers are realizing the benefits of utilizing this data for analysis and data visualization all in order to enhance design, manufacturing, and speed to market.

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Timothy Svenson

Timothy Svenson is currently a resident and working professional in the Manchester NH area. He has a degree in Psychology and is currently working towards a degree in English Literature. He is a developing professional writer who enjoys learning new writing styles as well as exploring and discovering many diverse types of literature. Tim is a strong poetry and creative writing enthusiast, and has recently begun the endeavor of blog writing and content creation for various marketing agencies in the Greater Boston Area