Networked virtualization of product development and production
New opportunities for holistic optimization are emerging through networked digital twins in integrative collaboration environments such as Nvidia’s Omniverse. They are not only key to greater efficiency in product creation, but could also develop into the heart of the autonomous factory of the future.
The digital twin is the virtual representation of a physical object that can be optimized and further developed along its entire life cycle using real-time data and simulations. As a result, prototype construction, for example, can be cost-effectively, almost completely virtualized, or the use of robots in manufacturing can be perfected to prevent accidents and damage in the trade. Virtualization of product development and production also increases the speed of innovation: New materials and manufacturing processes can be simulated and tested in their entire impact on the value chain. If entire teams can then work in parallel on their digital twins in a network without time-consuming data transfer, the result is a highly efficient, collaborative working environment. This is not only helpful in the design and control phase, but can also be put to good use during training and maintenance work on the machines.