The first issue of ANSYS Advantage for 2017 focuses on a revolutionary disruptive technology that you may just be starting to hear about: the digital twin. At the most basic level, a digital twin is a 3-D digital model of an operating physical system. The physical system can be a jet engine, a power generator, a pipeline, a locomotive or an entire industrial plant. Someday, you will most likely have your own digital twin — a virtual copy of yourself — that will allow you and your doctor to predict the behavior of your body to fine tune treatments and optimize your health.
At the recent Minds + Machines conference, I learned that GE has deployed over 550,000 digital twins — an amazing accomplishment. I heard their VP of Software Research, Colin Parris, succinctly explain what a digital twin is and why we need it: “A digital twin is a living model that drives business outcomes.” I also heard GE Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt, synthesize how to implement a digital twin: Physics + Analytics = Digital Twins.
Discover how ANSYS is working with companies like GE and PTC, to leverage simulation as a key component of the digital twin, and how our companies complement each other’s strengths so any business can get the most out of digital twin technology.
In the leadoff editorial, ANSYS President and CEO Ajei Gopal makes the case that “Simulation is the only way to fully realize the tremendous value contained within the digital twin.” He describes how digital twins enable you to optimize the operations of your current product in its real-world setting, while also building a valuable database to improve the design of the next generation of your product. Eric Bantegnie, VP of Systems Engineering Business at ANSYS, examines best practices for realizing the digital twin vision.
Chris MacDonald, Senior Director of ThingWorx Analytics at PTC, reveals how they used their ThingWorx platform along with ANSYS solutions to create a digital twin of a Flowserve industrial pump. GE Digital Chief Marketing Officer John Magee talks about how GE focuses on the Industrial Internet, as opposed to the wider Internet of Things, to target the digital twin market with their Predix software platform.
Beyond digital twins, this issue of ANSYS Advantage also contains articles describing how Siemens Mobility uses simulation to precisely control the temperature in passenger railway coaches for the comfort of the passengers; how Jet Towers of Santiago, Brazil, simulates the design of modular Wi-Fi towers that can be installed in one-fifth the time of traditional towers; and how startup PHAZR uses electromagnetic simulation solutions to develop a unique 5G millimeter wave system that is 128 times faster and has 1,024 times more capacity compared to 4G LTE.
This is just a sample of the full scope of this issue. I hope these articles encourage you to investigate where digital twins may fit into your company’s plans to “drive business outcomes.” Read ANSYS Advantage online today.