Digital Twin Shop-Floor: A New Shop-Floor Paradigm Towards Smart Manufacturing
Fei Tao, Meng Zhang
The authors see a digital twin as “a reference model to realize the convergence between physical and virtual spaces”
The article covers:
- the traditional production process and its future trend
- the concept of DTS as well as its operation mechanism
- the implementing methods for PS, VS, SSS and SDTD
- the key technologies and challenges of DTS
- future work.
Why it’s relevant to Nextspace
A key learning for Nextspace Partners is that every digital twin is a journey.
The article proposes a digital twin journey framework:
- Stage 1: due to the lack of effective information means, production in shop-floor depends on physical space completely, leading to low efficiency, accuracy and transparency.
- Stage 2: with the developments of information technologies, computer aided systems begin to be applied in production, but as the interaction methods are weak, virtual space is out of step of the physical one.
- Stage 3: communication technologies, sensors, IoT, etc.,interaction between the two spaces exists.
- Stage 4: with continuous development of new information technologies, virtual space will gradually play the equally important role with the physical one and the two-way connection will also be enhanced, supporting further convergence.
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IOT Solutions World Congress 2023
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