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Digital Twins Explained

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Digital twins enable an exact digital replica of an environment or specific asset. These solutions can create exact models to help inform and predict for better decision-making.

From an article in Smart Industry by Nazim Choudhury.

Digital twins enable an exact digital replica of an environment or specific asset. These solutions can create exact models to help inform and predict for better decision-making.

Digital twins are enabling uncapped potential for businesses and while many early adopters are now able to see the benefits, many are hesitant to take the plunge into full replication. Though many may think they fully understand digital twins, it’s unlikely they are aware of the capabilities these devices enable. Like private networks, wireless technologies are becoming analogous to software with roadmaps.

Having a building represented as a digital twin significantly simplifies the process of layering on new technologies and proving their return on investment. This contrasts with the traditional method of individually surveying and designing for each technology, preventing a holistic view during planning. Instead, private networks evolve into software-defined environments with roadmaps.

What solution does my business need?

Digital twin technology poses several benefits for industries across the board. Industries like manufacturing, where product development and optimization are critical, find immense value in product digital twins. Though digital twin solutions are beneficial to nearly every industry, specific configurations must be made to fully enable their potential and to tailor them to the needs of each industry. There is no one size fits all solution.

The largest benefit associated with digital twins is their ability to be tailored to fit any business’s needs. For example, product digital twins are especially useful in manufacturing as they replicate physical items and can facilitate virtual test and design optimization.

In that same area, process digital twins can simulate real-world workflows to improve efficiency during logistics and supply chain management, working in similar industries with those of product digital twins. Asset twins also are often used in machinery as well as to monitor the performance of physical assets. This enables decision-makers to fully assess the benefits and shortcomings of their machinery or even their infrastructure.

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