Industry 4.0 Technology:
Integrating Digital Twin and Virtual Commissioning in African Industries.
Industry 4.0 technology & Digital twin technology nexus
Today, Industry 4.0 refers to the intelligent networking of machines and processes for industry with the help of information and communication technology, because the vision and promise of Industry 4.0 is so bold, and its impact so significant, manufacturers can’t afford to ignore it.
The opportunity of Industry 4.0 is massive for suppliers and manufacturers alike, with most research firms expecting the market for Industry 4.0 technologies to at least double over the next 5 years.
1. Digital Twin Technology
Digital twin model has three main parts:
The potential benefits of digital twin applications are compelling: improved efficiency, better product quality, shorter unplanned downtime, and reduced start-up times, to name a few. Digital twins can be applied from initial factory planning and design to commissioning and maintenance, giving them value throughout the production lifecycle.
2. Virtual Commissioning
This is where controls are integrated, bugs are found and fixed, procedures are written and operators are trained on new equipment, new processes or revised procedures. This phase is challenging to plan and overruns frequently, which delays production and can result in late shipments — and even lost business.