The use of the digital twin in automation is a crucial factor in the transition to digital and intelligent factories. It helps companies adapt to rapidly changing market needs and achieve a competitive advantage.
Digitální dvojče se stalo významným prvkem v oblasti automatizace a přináší mnoho výhod pro průmyslové procesy. Jeho využití umožňuje přesnou simulaci, optimalizaci a monitorování provozu stroje za účelem dosažení vyšší efektivity, spolehlivosti a konkurenceschopnosti.
In automation, the digital twin manifests as digital models that accurately replicate physical equipment, machines, or entire production lines. This allows programmers and engineers to perform simulations, testing, and optimization in a safe virtual environment.
For example, what is a digital twin used for?
Design and development: This allows simulations, testing, and optimization to be performed without manipulating the equipment.
Monitoring and diagnostics: The digital twin can monitor the health and performance of physical devices in real-time. It compares actual values with simulated or ideal values to identify problems, predict failures, and perform diagnostics.
Optimization and predictive maintenance: Analysis and optimization of operating parameters and processes can be performed based on data from the digital twin. This enables improved performance, efficiency, and reliability of systems. In addition, based on historical data and modeling, predictive maintenance can be performed to detect potential failures or wear and tear and take preventive measures.
Training and simulation: the Digital Twin provides an interactive and safe environment for training operators and technicians. They can learn how to operate equipment, perform simulations of different scenarios, and gain hands-on experience without the risk of damage or loss of production.
What are the advantages of using this system in the design of an assembly line or robotic workstation?
Better design and optimization: the Digital twin allows for more accurate and comprehensive machine design before physical implementation. This means the design can be better tailored to the customer's performance, efficiency, or safety needs. This gives the customer a machine that better meets their requirements and expectations.
Higher reliability and quality: the digital twin allows you to simulate and test machine behavior in different scenarios and conditions. This makes detecting and eliminating potential problems and shortcomings possible before production. The result is higher machine reliability and quality, which gives the customer a lower risk of failure and higher operational performance.
Reduced time and costs: thanks to simulations and tests performed with the digital twin, the time required for machine development and optimization can be reduced. This also reduces the costs associated with development and testing. This can lead to a faster time to market and lower overall costs for the customer.
Better service and maintenance: thanks to the digital twin, the status and performance of the machine can be monitored in real-time, making it easier to monitor and diagnose any problems. Service teams can be more quickly and accurately informed of potential machine failures or maintenance needs. The customer can therefore receive better and more efficient service support.
We believe that the digital twin will continue to play an important role in automation and contribute to further development and innovation in the industrial sector. Its undeniable benefits open new opportunities for more efficient, reliable, and sustainable industrial automation.