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How Digital Twins are revolutionizing Manufacturing and Smart Cities


 What if we tell you that the age of AI is bringing your imagination to reality? The human mind works in fabulous and astonishing ways. Sometimes, when we close our eyes, we see, feel, touch, and experience our ideas clearly and accurately. However, the calculations, logistics, and mistakes take time and resources to translate this concept into reality. The Digital Twin technology is the technology of the future, and it will take us there faster, so we can minimize loss & damage – it will take us there virtually first.    

So, What is Digital Twin?  

This technology is one of the remarkable technologies changing our world. Digital twins are bridging the gap between the physical and virtual. It is a digital model of a physical asset that continuously collects information from the created environment (using sensors, drones, or other IoT and IIoT data collection tools) and applies advanced analytics, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) to gain real-time insight into the performance, performance, or profitability of physical assets.   

 Digital twins are proving their utility in different fields of product optimization, which were once deemed unimaginable or impossible. From smart cities to high-tech sports and manufacturing, digital twins enable optimizing processes or products without risk. Moreover, companies can seamlessly integrate digital twins into their manufacturing process with continuous innovations. Although the digital twins are rapidly gaining traction in operational processes adaptive to the 4th Industrial Revolution, it is primarily used in manufacturing and built environment (smart cities) industries.  

  The Role of Digital Twins in the Manufacturing Sector   

The digital-twin technology observes its significant application in the manufacturing industry. Here digital-twins help monitor the asset virtually, improve situational awareness, and take necessary measures accordingly. The digital twin uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, and more to provide previously unknown information on optimizing manufacturing and other business processes.   

They use real-time data to create realistic simulations, allowing products, equipment, and processes to be tracked, tested, and improvements to be planned. The IoT sensors in the physical assets of factories collect data and transfer it to the digital twin. This communication enables improved asset performance for better results. Delivering many critical insights with the help of analytics is another factor that makes the digital twin a popular technology in the manufacturing industry. This technology has made it possible to avoid unexpected downtimes and improve asset performance with information received from IoT sensors. Since the information synchronization also happens on a real-time basis between the assets and their digital twins, it makes it one of the best applications of the digital twin in manufacturing.  

 The adoption of digital-twin technologies in the manufacturing industry has helped manufacturers to understand products much better via real-time monitoring at the same time when customers use them, maintaining the assets better through predictive maintenance, optimizing manufacturing processes, testing, validating, and refining assumptions, improving integration between unconnected systems and also improving product traceability functions and troubleshooting equipment remotely. At least half of these processes seem jarring when the digital twin is not in the picture. The complexity, maintenance, or operational costs are few demotivating players when manufacturers think of hitting the goal of many of the processes mentioned above. Still, the digital twin facilitates and improves the processes and outcomes of the manufacturing sector exponentially.  

The Role of Digital Twins in Smart Cities 

‘Rome was not built in a day.’  

The famous proverb about the beautiful and fascinating architecture of the historical city of Rome makes us wonder what went behind it. The back work to create a masterpiece is enormous. Building our spaces as intelligently as possible will leave a mark on our civilization for future excavations.  

Smart cities are urban areas that combine information and communication technologies, sensors, and other electronic gadgets connected to the Internet of Things to collect extensive data that can be used to optimize resources and services. For example, networks of sensors and devices located around smart cities collect information about environmental conditions, air quality, pollution, noise, and traffic. In contrast, other networks collect data about irrigation systems, energy consumption, and distribution. Everything in a smart city is interconnected through a network of sensors or electronic devices that collect data; these data are used to improve the operation of the city.   

However, this kind of set-up for a city needs the technology to support and facilitate the large-scale interconnection and dependency on a network of sensors. And the digital-twin technology emerges just like the optimum choice for smart cities. Therefore, architects and designers attest that digital twins are a revolutionary development in the design and operation of buildings, transportation systems, road landscapes, and more on smart cities.  

Digital twins have found their initial application in smart cities to understand better the city’s transport capabilities, which cover everything from bike sensor data to parking and air traffic availability but have the foreseeable future of expanding to architecture. Digital twins are set to gain more popularity when businesses, with ease, can use them to improve productivity and reduce costs even further. In building smart cities, processes, planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance activities are increasingly digitized, and digital twins serve the purpose in the best way possible.  

“Digital twins have been an established reality of many manufacturing businesses, and the technology market is set to hit $15.66 billion by 2023.” 

With seemingly unending benefits like testing new systems before manufacture, improving efficiency and productivity managing assets in real-time understanding data to provide better service, the digital-twin technology has made its place in real-time monitoring in today’s industry. Still, it also looks like the future of real-time tracking. Digital twins are truly revolutionizing manufacturing and smart cities.