Digital Twins: Virtual Counterparts for Your Business Reality.
Digital twins are practice-oriented models that help to design and improve processes and projects before they are released. Currently, the digital twin concept meets with great interest, especially in manufacturing industries. Gartner analysts and market researchers are of the opinion that the deployment of digital twins can bring significant gains in productivity and is one of the ten most important technology trends. This assessment is mainly based on studies forecasting the utilization of digital twins in more than half of industrial companies in the year 2020. Gartner defines digital twins as virtual counterparts of real objects - whether they are products, structures, facilities, systems or processes.
Digital twins for projects that don’t exist yet
The German Informatics Society notes that it is irrelevant whether the counterpart of a digital twin already exists in the real world. A production facility being designed, for example, could, already in its planning phase, have a digital twin depicting all its central features. That’s why digital twins are mostly employed in the manufacturing industry and modern production engineering - to virtually create and optimize products before they will be produced. This makes it possible to assess and test the operation, maintenance and disposal of such models before their production in the real world commences. Car manufacturers such as VW have utilized this technology to compare engines during production with their digital twin step by step, thus enabling the early detection and correction of fluctuations in quality. The utilization of artificial intelligence in such simulations makes it also possible to recognize possible problems before they emerge.
Using data from existing systems
For the creation of a digital twin current and relevant data from production and operation is required. Often, such data can be skimmed from existing digital systems. PLM and EM systems (product lifecycle management and manufacturing execution systems) are potential data sources, as are ERP systems for data relating to business processes. Our digitization solution UMB business automation offers the perfect tool for the consolidation of all data for different applications - ideally in combination with real-time operating data from various IoT sources.
UMB cloud a leading edge foundation
Digital twin technology is a leading edge topic that will, in the coming years, play an important role in the manufacturing industry. UMB can support all involved disciplines with leading edge competence and services to ensure optimal utilization of this technology. In this, the UMB cloud as a highly performant and flexible datacenter constitutes the foundation. We guarantee operative excellence and are able to ensure involved processes and data integration by employing UMB business automation and artificial intelligence. We can transform your business through the utilization of digital twins.
Digitaler Zwilling (Gesellschaft für Informatik)
Prepare for the Impact of Digital Twins (Gartner)
Cheat Sheet: What is Digital Twin? (IBM)
Wie Unternehmen von einem digitalen Zwilling profitieren (CW)
Why is Digital Twin Technology so Important? (Forbes)