Why digital twins will be the backbone of industry in the future

For industry and the internet of things (#IoT), digital twins, offering virtual representations of real-world products will be the innovation backbone of the future. Entire systems can be simulated and tested long before a physical prototype has been built. Even operation of existing systems can be further optimized using a #DigitalTwin. Imagine the extraordinary possibilities merging them with artificial intelligence (#AI). Industry experts for digital twins are already using all these possibilities in concrete applications.

The Birth of Constant Optimization
Today’s most complex products and processes are designed, tested and calibrated in the virtual world before being manufactured in the real world. Model calibration involves creating and simulating software models of future products, eventually leading to the creation of “digital twins”.
Today, modern production facilities don’t simply exist in the physical world. Everything that is crucial for their functioning – whether it’s milling machines, assembly line robots, automated warehouses, or even air conditioning or lighting systems – sends signals to on-site computers and servers, continuously creating an instant inventory of its current state. This not only helps operators at control panels to know what’s happening in their factories. They can also use this information to improve productivity, ensure safety, and adjust to new requirements. There’s one tool we have today, though, that facilitates this process of continuous optimization like no other – it’s known as the “digital twin.”

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