Digital Twins Predict the Future!

Digital Twins Predict the Future!

Digital twin technology empowers a company to see the future of its operations. Using real-world data, it simulates physical objects, processes, and activities and accurately predicts future events and outcomes. From heart surgery to fast food service, a digital twin is among the most powerful prediction tools for organizations to enhance their operations.   

In nearly every industry, the value of a digital twin is becoming recognized more and more. Across the world, organizations are pushing to invest in their own digital twin solution to take advantage of the invaluable predictive benefits. In 2021, investments into the technology are expected to grow by 17%

Although the digital twin has only begun seeing traction in recent years, there are several companies who are leading the way, illustrating how groundbreaking the technology is when used for prediction.

Siemens Healthineers are among the pioneers of digital twinning in the medical industry. Drawing from a database of 250 million images, the company is able to create a digital model of a patient’s heart. The model allows them to simulate various different treatments for the patient’s heart disease. Predictions of the outcome are created so that doctors can choose the safest, most effective option for each unique heart. 

An unlikely organization pursuing digital twins is the NFL. They have partnered with AWS to develop a model that will predict player injuries before they happen. Various sensors on the player’s equipment create a cyber physical system to track location, speed, and acceleration. Pairing that with detailed historical data, they are able to run infinite simulations of the athlete’s performance, and soon, will be able to provide predictions to help prevent injuries ahead of time. 

Tesla has one of the most interesting applications of digital twins that directly affects consumers. Every car it sells has a digital twin attached to it. Cyber physical sensors send a never ending stream of data to their digital twin. The twin runs simulations to identify vehicle performance issues and predicts when/what maintenance will be required. What makes it unique is that the digital twin communicates with the software inside the customer’s car, enabling it to receive over-the-air updates, such as an adjustment to the hydraulics assembly. The predictive maintenance modifies the car before a more major breakdown occurs. 

The fast food industry is also adopting digital twins. CKE Restaurants Holdings made use of digital simulations to improve productivity in its Carl’s Junior locations. The company deployed a technology to simulate the restaurant and kitchen floor assets. Simulations were then run to test new equipment and predict a new kitchen layout with the highest efficiency possible. The experiment successfully found the most optimized layout, reducing workload on employees, thus improving retention rates.

Digital twin technology is all about simulating physical objects, processes, or activities in a digital environment. When done effectively, its power to predict future outcomes is proven to be invaluable for companies in almost every industry.