The Concept Of “Digital Twins” Is Becoming A Part Of This Productivity Improvement And Decision Making Process In Industry 4.0 / IIoT. It Does So By Connecting The Silos Between Digital Data.
The digital twin was first introduced and clearly defined by Dr. Michael Grieves in 2003 at University of Michigan. The basic concept of the digital twin model is to build rich digital information for virtual products; digital information that is indistinguishable from the physical counterpart. This digital information will serve as a “twin” of the information embedded within the physical product or system itself and will be linked to it throughout the lifecycle of the system.
The digital twin concept model as defined by Dr. Grieves consists of three main parts: physical products in real space, virtual products in virtual space and the connected data that tie the physical and virtual products together.