Published on February 03, 2020 – Carolin Paul, Consultant at Westernacher
The development of a digital thread enables product engineers to collaborate with manufacturing engineers to create a 3D model that is linked to visual representations for manufacturing process instructions.
In this way, manufacturers gain a holistic view of the properties and behavior of their products. It also means that data received from an equipment breaking down in a production can be related back to the manufacturing data and even engineering data. With that the digital twins serving as a digital representation in those individual domains are linked and with the help of the digital thread valuable information flows from operation or logistics back to the manufacturing and engineering teams.
Both the digital twin and the digital thread are available for the entire life cycle of your plant. Both require the digital information that is created and consumed at almost every stage of the lifecycle. Almost all of today’s discussions about business transformation solutions include both the concept of the digital twin and the digital thread.
In summary, the digital twin is a digital representation of a physical asset whereas the digital thread ensures that those digital twins for each step of a product lifecycle are connected.
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