The digital twin uses virtual and augmented reality as well as 3D graphics and data modeling to create a virtual model of a process, system, service, product or other physical object. This digital twin is an exact replica of the physical world. Exact copy status is maintained through real-time updates.
It is a technology that can be applied to a wide variety of environments, including monitoring of products while they are in use and throughout the entire product lifecycle.
The digital twin consists of three main elements:
1. Historical data – historical performance data of individual machines, overall processes and specific systems.
2. Available data – real-time data from equipment sensors, output from production platforms and systems, and output from systems throughout the distribution chain. It may also include output from systems in other business units, including customer service and purchasing.
3. Future data input from machine learning and engineers.
Understanding what is happening on your production line now and predicting what will happen in the future is critical to maximizing OEE, optimizing productivity and increasing operating profitability. You can achieve all these with digital twin technologies. Digital twin technology is one of the most important Industry 4.0 technologies currently available. Digital twins give you insight into all aspects of your production line and production process. You can then use this information to make better decisions, as well as automate the decision-making process by dynamically recalibrating equipment, production lines, processes and systems.