The case for using virtual representations and simulated models of the real world in the context of manufacturing has been well-made as digital twins are rapidly becoming a powerful technology on the factory floor. This has largely been due to the proliferation of connected devices in the digital factory and the sophistication of modelling capabilities, but their success is also attributable to the number of valuable use cases that they support. In conjunction with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs, digital twins can model goods as they are being produced in real time to provide intelligence and drive further efficiency in the production process, among other benefits. Similarly, with the help of condition-based monitoring Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology ecosystem, simulations can provide crucial insight into the status of machine tools and production equipment to enable predictive and, better yet, preventative maintenance. Hexagon’s NCSIMUL software is a leading example of such an application for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.
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