Digital twins

Published 24 April 2019

Established for some time in industries such as automotive, logistics and even healthcare, digital twins are becoming more widespread. For the cement industry digital twins can also provide benefits as they enable accurate and faster prediction of changes in specific process conditions. By Matthias Mersmann, aixergee GmbH, Germany.

Figure 1: digital twin of a turbine in a power plant

Digital twins have become well known in many applications over recent years. The elegance of this term may lead many to think that this is a new technological revolution. However, digital twinning has existed for many decades in modelling and simulation technology. It is merely the intensive incorporation of digital twins into active control systems that has led to this term being coined and its increased public perception.

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