Pilot Production Environments driven by Digital Twins

E. Lutters (Corresponding Author)

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    Establishing production environments requires joint decision-making by stakeholders from many disciplines at different levels of aggregation, because of the significant, unpredictable, and risky investments involved. Pilot plants offer a platform to develop, test, improve, and upscale (parts of) a production environment. They consist of physical and virtual components that are integrated, based on the digital twin concept. This concept synthesises sensoring/measurement (in situ and ex situ) with the modelling and simulation of existing and evolving resources/processes at operational, tactical, and strategic levels. Virtual dashboards supplement the pilot plant to provide an insightful basis for decision-making for all the perspectives and stakeholders involved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-53
    JournalSouth African journal of industrial engineering
    Issue number3
    Early online date9 Nov 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2018
    Event29th Annual Conference of the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering: Steering the 4th Industrial Revolution - Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa
    Duration: 24 Oct 201826 Oct 2018
    Conference number: 29


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