Digital twins with potential
Siemens see digital twins as a tool to seamlessly link individual process stages and enable autonomous action—creating a consistent improvement in efficiency, minimizing failure rates, shortening development cycles, and opening up new business opportunities. Digital twins create a lasting competitive edge.
Why it’s relevant to Nextspace
Whilst not substantiated, the article talks to several benefits of interest to Nextspace Partners.
Digital twin of product:
- Planning, designing and operating products and production systems improving flexibility, efficiency, and customization.
- Electra Meccanica using a digital twin to test, validate and complete a new electric car design in only 2 years. A process that usually takes 2 to 7 years.
Digital twin process identifies production error and failure using programmable logic controllers to virtually pre-commission complex production lines.
Digital twin performance using operational data to perform predictive maintenance, reduce downtime, and optimize energy consumption.
Nextspace Partners should distinguish between expected benefits and quantified benefits.
- In this article Siemens mentions Bausch +Ströbel digital engineering and automation 2017 project that intends to increase efficiency by at least 30% by 2020.
- Also mentioned is Schunk’s virtually commissioning its mechatronic(robotic grip) assembly system—their digital twin connecting all the disciplines involved, resulting in non-quantified shorter times to commission and improving safety (virtual v hazardous physical environment).
Siemens also point out the benefits of data completeness, an issue that requires cross-organizational buy-in and digital transformation. “If manufacturers know exactly what component has been installed, with what features, in what products, and how it was installed, they can provide a targeted response to potential problems and optimize their processes.”