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A digital twin is a digital representation of a physical
product or process and is used to understand and predict performance
characteristics before implementation into its physical environment. We mostly
think of companies implementing digital twin technology because it can save
time and money for them. Digital twin
technology can also be used in academia to expose students to the concept and
Industry 4.0 machines and software.
Virtual commissioning is one common use of a digital twin.
Companies can virtually commission a plant or production line to detect and
prevent errors before delivery and installation. Virtual commissioning consists
of a virtual controller and a digital model.
The interaction between the two validates the behavior and
functionality. This type of model is a Software-in-Loop (SiL) method where all
components are simulated and are not connected to any hardware.
Digital twin online learning opportunities are available for
public educational and R&D institutions through Siemens Cooperates with
Education (SCE). Within the available
digital twin content, there are several modules available including a virtual
commissioning module using a 3D sorting plant model. Students are given hands
on experience on virtual commissioning using software that they will
potentially use when they graduate from their academic institution.
Detailed lessons, including the virtual commissioning module, are available here.