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Bringing digital twin

Bringing digital twin applications to your business Video Learn more: SAP’s view on network of digital twins: AUTOMATION In order to create new business models and boost innovation; digital twins must evolve to connect, interact, and communicate with each other – expanding the entire value chain by creating a network. This article demonstrates the impact of digital twins as a first step towards making processes more intelligent, collaborative, and automated. Digital transformation offers significant opportunity, but it can also be a challenge for manufacturers as machines are becoming more complex and need to support flexible production. Digital twins can be leveraged to boost multi-discipline collaboration over the complete product lifecycle from innovation to operation. Digital twins are not a new concept for specific purposes like engineering, manufacturing or operations; but they stood alone and did not deliver on the promise of seamless collaboration – until now. SAP believes that in order for digital twins to have the desired impact they need to deliver value in four distinct areas: be an exact digital representation of and have a high fidelity connection to the physical object, support multiple processes (R&D, manufacturing, service) with just one version of the digital twin, allow multiple stakeholders and partners to collaborate on one version of the digital twin, and to allow semantic relations between digital twins of assets from different suppliers in the customer context. A new era of networks and product design Digital twins are more than a virtual lookalike of a physical product. Spread across the entire product and asset lifecycle, digital twins are used in engineering, manufacturing, operations and service. With the product lifecycle shrinking, ever-increasing streams of connected data and more complex production; organizations need to work across silos and ensure decision access for all disciplines. What if digital twins could communicate with one another, creating a network between themselves? The real-world product and its digital twin can bridge the physical and digital worlds at all points along the value chain, opening the door to new innovation and multiplying the possibilities of what can be achieved. Drawing on actual usage data of connected products and assets, digital twins are the basis for new product-as-a-service business models: Using machine learning, live insights can be gained from the constant stream of real-time usage and performance data to continually automate, learn and improve processes throughout the value chain and across all business areas. Digital Twins improve collaboration and provide insights Creating a network of digital twins makes it easy to share data with internal colleagues, external supply chain partners and even customers. Its its partners and it’s customers can collaboratively improve processes and more. Sharing digital-twin data with multiple internal departments ensures everyone is on the same page. The R&D, finance, marketing and sales teams – groups that typically work in silos – can collaborate to ensure a new product is properly designed, accurately priced, sufficiently promoted and commercially viable. Supply chain partners benefit from a network of digital twins with enhanced visibility. If an asset malfunctions, the maintenance provider knows it needs to mobilize a team to fix the equipment. If an organization manufactures a product ahead of schedule, the logistics provider knows it can pick up the goods and deliver them early. Finally, digital twin networks help glean invaluable insights from customers. By monitoring how customers interact with goods, organizations can remove underused features from future product iterations or develop new products that highlight popular features. Enabling an open, collaborative environment through a network of digital twins offers the chance to transform engineering, operations and everything in between. In turn, this allows enterprises to bring digital representations of multiple products, equipment and assets together into one technical and business context, and to become more intelligent. Photographs: SAP SAP supports the network of digital twins from idea to manufacturing to service and back in the innovation cycle. Georg Kube, Global Vice President, Industrial Machinery & Components Industry Business Unit, SAP 34 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2018

High-quality spices with process control The processing and marketing of agricultural products like herbs and spices is very sophisticated. For this reason a market leader has invested heavily in modern technologies and restructured their production processes in accordance with high standards. This includes a modern Scada system, a new plant controller as well as converters and motor starters. 01 Juan José Albarracín (JJA) in Spain is among the market leaders in the production and marketing of high-quality spices such as paprika and pepper blends. Founded in 1854, the company is also the oldest of its kind. To future-proof the quality of its products moving forward and to simplify the operation of its plants, JJA relies on extensive solutions from the Siemens product portfolio. These not only help the producer to improve the performance of its milling plants, but also increase plant availability and simplify control of the drives. The Siemens solution also permits simple adjustment to future requirements. Optimization of the production Until the new solutions were introduced, the products were still processed using largely manual processes. This meant that only limited or no use of product data could be made to optimize production sequences, and also made the process of troubleshooting and localizing faults very complicated. The extensive modernization of its operations using Siemens components such as a modern Scada system, a new plant controller as well as converters and motor starters – all engineered in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal – has allowed JJA to move ist production into line with the latest state of the art. Perfectly control of the spice mill drives The Simatic S7-1500 is used as the central controller. The company uses the runtime software WinCC Runtime Professional to operate and observe its processes. Simatic IPC547E hardware is also used to enable simple, intuitive process visualization. JJA also relies on Sinamics G120C built-in units and Sirius 3RW soft starters to control 01 Process visualization with Simatic WinCC Professional 02 Simatic S7- 1500 in practical application the spice mill drives. Operation and visualization of the overall plant take place using Simatic Industrial Flat Panels with touch functionality. The Siemens solution was rapidly and successfully integrated into the existing infrastructure, and allows simple plant operation coupled with the assurance of high product quality. Detailed visualization of the production sequences The production data can now be integrated into the existing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, improving both traceability and documentation. The selected configuration is additionally designed to permit troublefree expansion of the plant at a later date. Detailed visualization of the production sequences enables particularly intuitive plant operation, while the simple localization of faults has meant a significant improvement to plant availability. Photographs: Siemens 02 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2018 35