Shifting value stream patterns along the product lifecycle with digital twins

Marc-André Dittrich* (Corresponding Author), Benjamin Schleich, Till Clausmeyer, Roy Damgrave, John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Benjamin Haefner, Jos de Lange, Denys Plakhotnik, Wieben Scheidel, Thorsten Wuest

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The concept of digital twins promises high potentials for product design, manufacturing, user experience and recycling. Thus, digital twins have received increasing interest in academia and industry. However, the actual benefits of digital twins remain in many cases unclear. This article aims to summarize selected recent developments in this field and demonstrate use cases from different phases of the product lifecycle. For that purpose, examples from the design, manufacturing, use and recycling phase are presented. In a subsequent discussion, ideas for new value stream patterns using digital twins are envisioned and research questions are derived.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-11
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event7th CIRP Global Web Conference, CIRPe 2019: Towards shifted production value stream patterns through inference of data, models, and technology - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 16 Oct 201918 Oct 2019
Conference number: 7


  • Digital twin
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Recycling


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