Dave Vasko, director, Advanced Technology, Rockwell Automation
Just like real-life twins, every digital twin is different. That’s because a digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset — a living replica.
A digital twin as a concept doesn’t reflect one universal definition. For instance, we’ve identified at least 11 different types of digital twins typically applied in primarily three distinct phases — design, operation and maintenance. That equals more than 30 possible use cases — and that’s just in the manufacturing space. There are even more use cases if you also consider the installation/commissioning and decommissioning phases.
For example, some users rely on a digital twin to optimize the design of a product or manufacturing process, while others use it to optimize product production or production line maintenance.
Let’s clarify what digital twins are and how they’re referenced and applied in different scenarios so you can more quickly and uniformly realize the value.