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Digital twin – what is that?

The term digital twin refers to a virtual, computer-based model of a product, process or service. In this way, the real and the virtual world are connected by sending the sensor data of the material object to the digital twin.

This virtual image of a machine or plant thus enables the analysis of large amounts of data and the monitoring of systems in the real world. In this way, downtimes can be predicted and simulations for future events can be tested. This improves the operational efficiency of the plant. In fact, the dynamic simulation model, the digital twin, reflects the current, physical state and ultimately leads from preventive to condition-based maintenance.

Digital twins offer benefits throughout the whole lifecycle of a plant

Before a machine or system is built, the digital twin can be used to optimize the design of the desired product. Complex product requirements are visualized at an early stage and the development process of a product is accelerated. Later, commissioning can be more efficient.You want a quick retooling? Thanks to the digital twin, even such processes can be simulated in advance and changeover times can be shortened.

Thanks to the combination of sensor technology and simulation, the machine behavior and the abrasion can be tested virtually by the plant manufacturer. Problems and high loads are detected early and you can react before downtimes happen. Thus, a digital twin results in a high quality product and efficient cost savings.

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