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The Holistic Approach To Creating Digital Enterprise With Digital Twins

The holistic approach of the Digital Enterprise for creating digital twins, such as in the automotive industry, offers tangible benefits by substantially reducing the number of prototypes needed during the development of new vehicles. It also becomes possible to predict the performance of the production unit and the products themselves. And in addition it ensures manufacturers produce what customers expect in terms of individualization and drive concepts.

The digital twin in the automotive industry is the precise virtual model of a vehicle or a production plant. It displays their development throughout the entire lifecycle and allows operators to predict behavior, optimizing performance, and implement insights from previous design and production experiences.

The concept of the digital twin consists of three forms: the digital twin of the product, the digital twin of production, and the digital twin of the performance of both product and production. Siemens offer  comprehensive domain expertise and optimized tools and state themselves to be the only company that offers this holistic approach. There is tremendous value gained from performing ‘what if’ scenarios and predicting future performance with the digital twin. The ultimate goal of the digital twin is in the closed-loop connection between the virtual world of product development and production planning with the physical world of production system and product performance. Through this connection actionable insight is gained from the physical world for informed decisions throughout the lifecycle of products and production operations.

Product Digital Twin

Today, developing new cars mostly takes place in a virtual environment. Many of today’s and tomorrow’s vehicles are being designed with Siemens NX CAD, which helps to turn automotive dreams into successful products. Automotive designers still start with a clay model to capture the emotions, but then automotive engineers use NX to turn these emotions into real products. The Digital Enterprise solution portfolio also helps to create the digital twin of the product which then enables realistic simulations to optimize the car before it’s being built.

Production Digital Twin

Ensuring that the production achieves the required output is the main goal of production planning. The production planner needs to plan the production line and has to select the necessary production equipment like robots and conveyor belts. The digital twin production comprises everything from programming to automation hardware and enables to optimize production before it begins by virtually commissioning the new production cell or line and with the Digital Enterprise solution portfolio.

Digital Production Planning and Virtual Commissioning

With the Digital Enterprise portfolio and the digital twin of production, it’s possible to plan the entire manufacturing process in a fully virtual environment. From designing the layout to visualizing material flows and possible bottlenecks on to simulating the PLC code for the automation hardware, this ultimately leads to a virtual commissioning that helps to test and optimize new production lines in order to reduce time, effort, and risk for the real commissioning.

Performance Digital Twin

In the production execution phase where products are actually being produced, the world-leading automation equipment and concept of Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) enables an efficient, smooth and secure production. This also starts a continuous optimization loop in order to further increase efficiency and to use data analytics for innovative services like predictive maintenance. This is made possible with the Digital Enterprise solution portfolio.

Taking Quality Management and Data Analytics to New Levels

The digital twin of performance comprises the performances of both production and product. It is constantly fed with data from the product and the production facilities, which leads to new insights. Due to the connection with integrated automation components, the shop floor provides all relevant data which is then analyzed in the cloud to enable continuous optimizations along the entire value chain with the help of the Digital Enterprise portfolio.

With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, Siemens is driving the digital transformation of industry – the seamless integration of automation, software and cutting-edge technologies will take the industry to the next level of efficiency.

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