Digital Twin: Simulation and IoT, a first step towards innovation

30 Jan 2019

Digital Twin: Simulation and IoT, a first step towards innovation

The implementation of projects within the field of optimization, automation and robotization is rapidly changing.  We use innovative technologies such as simulation and IoT data platforms and make them accessible to everyone. The combination of these technologies is also called Digital Twin. We use this technology to help both producers and machine builders, in a staged way, in various issues such as the development of a new machine, integration of automation and/or robotization, and optimizing complete logistic processes.

This results in shorter processing times, lower risk and lower costs, supported by a clear view of the business case. This, combined with our experience within the field of development and prototyping, ensures an effective approach with corresponding results.

Along with the development of new solutions we can also use simulations to optimize existing processes. By producing a digital version (digital twin) of an existing machine or process, we can test and simulate virtual modifications. When we can see in a simulation that specific modifications lead to an optimization of the process.  This means that you run less risk in your process and this of course leads to lower costs.

Further explanation …

By simulation, we mean that we are able to simulate entire processes. Consider, for instance, a production process, a machine or even an assembly line with human actions. To do this we use 3D CAD models and then program all characteristics and specifications of the components (both people and machine) in the simulation. We can subsequently simulate it in 3D and, if you find it of interest, even experience it in virtual reality


What is the benefit for you?

The application of simulations offers huge benefits and opportunities. Firstly, we considerably shorten the lead time of an automation project. We can already simulate several solutions during the draft phase so that we can choose the most ideal solution at an early stage. This also means less risk for us and our customers. We can also use the simulation on a business case to substantiate or, in some cases, even advise another solution. After the simulation the software engineer knows exactly what he must program, and the engineer knows exactly what he must design and purchase.
In short: less risk, a shorter lead time and a well-substantiated business case.


We use this software and approach in our own projects. Furthermore, we also offer simulation as a separate service. Are you curious about the opportunities then do not hesitate to get in contact with us.