Digital twins enable organisations to develop an overarching digital model of their production process, from initial developmental stages through to the subsequent manufacturing and distribution stages.
New technologies and innovation are single-handedly driving rapid change across the manufacturing sector. The digitisation and connectivity of manufacturing assets are making it increasingly possible for manufacturers to meet customer demands with greater flexibility, deliver faster-to-market solutions and reduce their production costs.
At the forefront of this technological revolution is predictive digital twin and simulation software company, Lanner.
The Midlands-based company specialise in providing technology and professional services, that empower manufacturers across multiple sectors to:
- Make smarter, more informed business decisions
- Improve their processes – all through the power of predictive analysis and process optimisation
Lanner’s use of digital twins enables organisations to develop an overarching digital model of their production process, from initial developmental stages through to the subsequent manufacturing and distribution stages.
Armed with this invaluable outlook, companies can detect potentially unforeseen issues and forecast outcomes. This ultimately allows them to develop higher quality products and provide a better overall service to their customers.
What are digital twins?
Digital twins work by mirroring specific manufacturing processes (assets and business logic) that take place in areas where it’s difficult to predict the outcomes of an entire product lifecycle. They can be created for all manner of things, ranging from business admin functions to production and supply chains.
By augmenting digital twins with predictive capabilities including simulation and AI, Lanner help their manufacturing customers to gain invaluable insight into their complex operations so they can improve, optimise and innovate ahead of their competition.
Current alternative methods used to predict or simulate outcomes include human-based estimations and spreadsheet calculations.
However, these rudimentary models (often just spreadsheet calculations) tend to be prone to human error and non-stochastic calculations lack the flexibility and processing speed required to adapt to changing scenarios and complex underlying logic.
Another alternative is to test novel scenarios in real life, but the risks associated with this approach, in terms of cost and time, are profound. At best, it would be impractical to venture down this route; at worse, financially destructive and, in certain circumstances, possibly dangerous.
A multi-sector model
From automotive to cosmetics, through to food & drink and aerospace, digital twins harness large quantities of data to provide insights and foresights that are providing today’s manufacturers with a genuine competitive advantage.
Regardless of industry, essential actions can be carried out in the virtual world before taking place in the physical world, meaning any issues can be quickly identified and eradicated.
Thanks to this virtual predictive world, businesses can send products down the manufacturing line with confidence that they’re going to get things right first time around.
WITNESSING Lanner’s predictive performance
Lanner is currently involved in Factory-in-a-Box (FIAB), a Smart Manufacturing Accelerator (SMA) project which is led by an expert team from fellow exhibitors, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, based in Coventry.
The pioneering initiative aims to provide a rapidly deployable manufacturing and supply chain solution using the latest technologies.