Ideally, if a service engineer wants to connect to a
customer machine – to remotely diagnose a conspicuous
sensor signal, for example – access and navigation will happen via
a visual model, enabling real-time operating data to be analyzed, and causes
and actions to be identified. The idea is alluring, but the challenge lies in
connecting the necessary data from different engineering disciplines, such as
3D Design, Electronics and Control Software. In order to achieve consistency
throughout the product life cycle in our role as a provider of complete
solutions, data models from various product areas also have to be synchronized.
Because of new digital business models –
in the Service business, for example –
it has to be possible to draw on a variety of engineering data. As an
integrated system solution provider, MAN ES
must have the ability to handle data across products and processes. One
approach is to achieve consistency using a neutral data hub like the PDM Hub.
Future systems have to be conceived with synergies in mind and company wide
from the outset, while configuration can be the responsibility of Business.
Engineering Architecture & Services (EGS) performs a driving
role at this point in terms of the further development of these and similar‚ ‘architecture’ issues, which it
When all product-relevant data conforms to a minimum
level of consistency company wide, then a ‘Digital Twin’ really can
emerge. And on demand at that, with minimal effort and costs. In EGS, Jens
Chemnitz and Robert Lindner operate requirements management with the specialist
departments. EGS is also where multimedia content is generated for augmented
and virtual reality (AR/VR) under Manfred Billes.
Real objects can be represented in the form of Digital
Twins using data and algorithms. But there is much more to the Digital Twin than
renderings and virtual worlds. Rather it is about the digital documentation of
the design and as-built state, and the storage and analysis of sensor data.
Behind it are new business models like PrimeServ Assist. The Digital Twin goes
beyond the Functional Twin, which contains the Digital Mock-up, which in turn
is based on 3D design data. It also encompasses the live data, bringing it
alive. (illustration from design
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