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The rising importance of the digital twin

March 14, 2024
Digital twins have become a make-or-break resource for controls engineers

Unlike traditional simulations, digital twins integrate live data from the equipment they represent, offering a real-time, accurate reflection of the equipment's operation, potential failures and maintenance needs, Automation World reports.

This technology is rapidly becoming indispensable for manufacturers, as it allows for the pre-use testing and optimization of complex systems, ultimately saving time, money and mitigating risks of failures or injuries.

When it comes to distinguishing simulations and digital twins, the latter has a broader scope and dynamic nature throughout the lifecycle of a process or system. Digital twins facilitate collaboration among stakeholders and offer diverse use cases, including asset management, predictive maintenance and supply chain optimization.

For industry professionals, choosing between simulation and digital twin technologies depends on factors such as the scope of the project, frequency of changes and level of complexity. Leveraging virtual commissioning with comprehensive digital twins can significantly reduce costs and time associated with commissioning, making them essential tools for modern manufacturing applications, particularly in industries producing complex products with fast-changing demands.

Automation World explores what makes digital twins essential and more in this article, available to read here.