If you capture a product’s configuration correctly, you have context―which enables you to create traceability. In essence you have created the Digital Twin time machine. The context of the Digital Twin, supported by digital thread data, and analysis tools like simulation or analytics, allows you to move backwards and forwards for any product or system of products.
Companies must ensure a cost effective and reliable product is introduced to the market in a timely manner while also addressing the challenges relating to in-service product updates and on-going maintenance. The Digital Twin in the context of virtual engineering and digital transformation is becoming a critical player in such highly innovative and competitive environment.
Akselos is a new simulation technology that can evaluate structural behavior 1000x faster than traditional techniques. Akselos is capable of producing high-fidelity, physics-based models of large complex assets which may be connected to sensor data to regularly update the simulation model and provide the required assessments in a timely manner.
A digital twin is a dynamic digital model of a product, process, or person, which analyzes existing business system data combined with real-world data. However, the value expands past the single digital model of an asset and is increasingly an underpinning element of an organization's digital transformation initiatives.
The digital twin continues to proliferate and is a concept often associated with Siemens, and given our investment in software, additive manufacturing and the digital industries, this is good news indeed. But sometimes these terms can be too ethereal and my interest is piqued when I see this concept in action.
The true cost of deploying and maintaining a digital twin is in collecting and analyzing the data. The data gives life to static 3D models.
Beyond CAE's Dr. Dennis Nagy shares his prediction for Digital Twins in the coming year.
Bentley Systems conference focuses on infrastructure uses of digital twins.
Configurable safety relays help prevent injuries and damage in factory automation systems by cutting off electrical power in response to data received from sensors. When a safety relay fails, the production line must be halted until the relay can be repaired or replaced, resulting in expensive downtime.
"By definition, a virtual sensor is a type of software that, given the available information, processes what a physical sensor otherwise would. It learns to interpret the relationships between the different variables, and observes readings from the different instruments. Think of it as a kind of a “ghost” of the physical sensor." (Chad Jackson)