This is the Factory5 team, a Russian software developer for industrial enterprises. Many people now use the phrase “digital twin”, sometimes not knowing what it is. Today, together with the product manager, we will explain what a digital twin actually means and why it is not always needed.
What is a digital twin?
A digital twin is a virtual copy of a real object that behaves in the same way as a real object. It reflects in real time all processes occurring with a physical object. The error between the operation of the virtual model and what happens in reality should not exceed 5%.
The digital twin combines a large amount of information from different sources. Therefore, the most detailed version of the double contains data on the appearance of the object, its functions, state, external interventions and much more.
For example, Tecnomatix created a digital production twin for PROLIM who wanted to improve the picking process. To begin with, a visual production twin was created. Further, the sensors took data on the speed of movement of objects, the number of workers and their performance, and many others. All this information made it possible to create a digital twin that repeats all the processes of a real object.
The video shows how you can change different production parameters and test other conditions. For example, the number of workers in the picking shop.