Your production line’s Operational Efficientness can only be maximised if you know what’s going on right now and what will happen in the future. With digital twin technologies, you can accomplish all of these things.
One of the most essential Industry 4.0 technologies now accessible is digital twin technology. Insights into all parts of your production line and manufacturing process can be gained by using digital twins.
A better judgement may then be made based on these insights, and you can even automate the decision-making processes of equipment, processes and systems through dynamic recalibration.
This means that engineers can look at, investigate, and evaluate actual assets, processes and systems using virtual tools provided by digital twins. You can obtain a clear picture of what’s going on right now, as well as how things will progress in the future.
What Is a Digital Twin?
The digital twins can be used to create virtual representations of any physical object or process using virtual and augmented reality, 3D graphics and data modelling, and other techniques. This digital twin is a carbon copy of the real world, down to the smallest atom. Real-time updates ensure that it remains an accurate duplicate.
In addition to monitoring things while they are in use, this technology can track them during their full life cycle.
Using digital twins in manufacturing can be done at many levels:
Component level – centred around a specific, vital part of the production process.
Asset level – Creating a digital twin of a single piece of production equipment.
System-level – monitoring and improving a complete production process utilising a digital twin.
Process level – Including product and process design and development, manufacturing, and production, this study covers the full manufacturing process from start to finish. All aspects of distribution and use by customers/patients, as well as the creation of future products, are covered by this.
What Digital Twins Can Do for Engineers and Manufacturers?
As a first step, a digital twin can be used to monitor a specific manufacturing component, asset/system/process in real-time. Insight into what’s happening on your production lines and throughout the entire manufacturing process is now possible thanks to this improved monitoring capacity.
The digital twin can also be used to discover problems before they exist and forecast future outcomes with the use of machine learning and inputs from professional engineers. When making these predictions, it is important to consider both the current parameters as well as the possible consequences if they change.
Digital twin technology can help with other Industry 4.0 technologies, such as improving OEE, reducing waste, improving batch changeover times, enhancing product quality, and more. Through the use of three-dimensional models, simulations, and equipment control code emulation, it is possible to design and create systems more quickly.
As an additional benefit, having a digital twin allows for remote troubleshooting and support, eliminating the need for experts to be present in person. Customer-interactive dynamic supply chains can also be built on top of this technology.
Remember that the following is just a small sample of what digital twin technology may accomplish for you. There are other advantages in manufacturing process development, product development, distribution chain efficiency, and more.
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