Definition of the sendler\circle for 'Digital Twin'
München, February 8, 2019
The term "Digital Twin" is becoming more and more important and is used in a variety of fields. The members of the sendler\circle, a special interest group of providers of software and services for the industry, namely Dassault Systèmes, ECS, Eplan, ICP Solutions, keytech Süd, oose Innovative Informatik, PROCAD, SAP, Siemens PLM Software und XPLM Solutions, agreed on a common definition. The following wording was published as a press release on February 8, 2019:
(Published in German by: KEM,)
The Digital Twin In The Industry
A digital twin is a digital representation of a material or immaterial object from the real world. (German Wikipedia)
For the industry, the digital twin has a special meaning. Its existence and use in the processes of industrial value creation can be a decisive competitive advantage for companies. This has been particularly true since the beginning of the twenties of this century, since the Internet of Things allows the production of digitally controlled and connected products of all kinds with integrated services.
In industry, there are digital twins, for example, for products, production facilities, processes and services. They can exist even before the real twin, for example as design models of future products. And they can be used to analyze and evaluate data from the use of real twins. They have different purposes and functions.
Their special value for the industry results from the saving of physical prototypes and the possibility to simulate the behavior, functionality and quality of the real twin under every relevant aspect. This value can be used for all parts of the value chain over the entire life cycle of products, plants and services.
A digital twin takes a variety of forms. For example, he can build on a behavioral model of system development, a 3D model or a functional model that depicts the most realistic and comprehensive mechanical, electronic, and other properties and performance characteristics of the real twin in the course of a model-based design.
The different digital twins can be linked together and also allow extensive communication and interaction with the real twins. This is referred to as a digital thread that can be used throughout the product lifecycle and may also include other product-related information. The biggest benefit to a company is actually from such a continuous digital thread. It allows optimization across multiple value-added processes and the exploitation of the widest range of opportunities for digital business models and services offered through products.