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Digital Twin – Future of Manufacturing

| Author / Editor: Ahlam Rais / Janina Seit

METAV 2018 will be addressing data interchange between tools with the assistance of the accurate digital model – the digital twin.

The Digital Twin concept is all about copying the physical assets of a product, production process or performance of a production system into the digital world.
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Nowadays, Industry 4.0 or the smart factory concept is quickly picking up in the manufacturing industry. Integrated processes, optimised cycle times and high quality production are the result of this new digital phase. In this scenario, the ‘digital twin’ concept is also gaining importance as industry players have realised the benefits of working around this.

Digital Twin Concept

The Digital Twin concept is all about copying the physical assets of a product, production process or performance of a production system into the digital world. Users can make use of design, simulation, manufacturing and analytics software to create and validate these digital twins. With this, manufacturers can keep a track of the whole lifecycle of the product and this becomes convenient for them to file all the necessary information regarding the product or production system at a single location. In case there are any modifications to be carried out, it can be done smoothly as processes can be designed for significantly enhanced efficiency. This ensures optimised cycle times and high quality production.

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It has to be kept in mind that the Digital Twin concept performs different functions for design, manufacturing, services and operations, and end of life. For the design, the twin focuses on establishing the performance of the product for the lifecycle. When it comes to manufacturing, the main aim of the twin is to optimize the process and reduce costs. In terms of services, it reduces the operational cost.

Live at METAV 2018

METAV 2018, the International exhibition for metalworking technologies that will be held in Germany will provide practicable examples for financially viable implementation of the Digital Twin concept. The show focuses on core topics such as machine tools, manufacturing systems, precision tools, automated material flow, computer technology, industrial electronics, parts and accessories, etc. The exhibition will also be addressing data interchange between tools with the assistance of the accurate digital model – the digital twin. The session is expected to prove beneficial for industry players as it will help them to get an insight into the actual process of the Digital Twin concept.

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This article was first published by MaschinenMarkt International. Executive Editor Lina Klass.

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