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How far can the Digital Twin go?

By Jeff Hojlo

As digital transformation (DX) hits a fever pitch, and product complexity reigns, many manufacturers are using "digital twins" of their products to optimize product quality and improve the customer experience. Digital twins, a term coined by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) many years ago and discussed frequently by PLM and IoT (Internet of things) vendors, are (in short) rich, multi-layered, virtual product models. At their most base level, digital twins use CAE (simulation software) to create a full digital model of a product and its associated manufacturing processes.

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Earlier this month, Boston was once more the location for a conference focused on Internet of Things (IoT) in industry, as Xively by LogMeIn hosted its inaugural executive IoT innovation forum, Xperience.

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    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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