Creating your Digital Twin
We have now entered the fourth industrial revolution – a fusion of technologies that has blurred the lines between the physical and digital worlds – and it is revolutionising the Enterprise Asset Management industry. Mass automation and customisation of tasks, real time data, new levels of efficiency, improved customer service and mammoth savings can now be enabled. By the end of 2017 two-thirds of the CEOs of Global 2000 enterprises will have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy. That is what Industry 4.0 is about, and it is what EAMS Group will help you deliver.
Industry 4.0 revolves around the digitisation of your company, starting with creating a ‘Digital Twin’. Your Digital Twin is a representation of your physical assets, documented and mapped within the digital world. Critically, the Digital Twin is not just a picture; the technology understands the links between assets and can explore them as systems providing new ways of modelling and simulating the performance of the whole system from the safety and comfort of the office. In a correctly implemented system this digital twin will be updated in real-time, so any changes, faults or issues occurring in the real world are automatically registered and visible in the digital world.
Harnessing the power of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality this digital world can now be explored. Your engineers and workers can explore the environment from the comfort of your offices – all research and preparation can be conducted before they arrive on-site. Better than that – whilst in the digital world your staff are able to select any asset they choose and automatically see all details, history and information about it.
Any repairs that may cause a disruption to your service can now be minimised, your staff are well-informed, and when they turn up on site they are prepared for the issue.
Maintaining the Digital Twin
The technology exists to make this happen, now – but to ensure the data in your digital twin retains its accuracy, manual processes and labour can not be relied upon. Having access to real-time data means that all assets need to be digitised and correctly integrated with an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) System.
A properly implemented EAM System enables all of this to become possible. It provides the base foundation upon which everything can be enabled. The foundations blocks involved in this are: Technology Architecture, Reporting, BI & Analytics, Information/ Data and Process & Control. The EAMS Group Industry Solutions will provide your organisation with all of these blocks, and our team of experts will provide the roadmap required to put it in place so that you are able to truly leverage the benefits of Digital.
Once this is in place we will really be able to transform your organisation into a world class operation. As discussed previously, your staff will be able to explore any area of your network within the digital twin, regardless of where they are, and to ensure that this data is accurate your assets will all be digitised and intelligent, whilst automated drones are able to give live status updates from on-site and feed this information back into your EAM System. Further benefits include:
- time that your staff spend onsite is reduced
- enhanced training programmes
- new levels of safety awareness
- enhanced work planning
- greater project awareness
Fewer visits, less travel, better trained staff and more visibility of your organisation mean that not only will you be delivering better service, but they will all enable savings for your business that are not possible without this technology.
Virtual Reality is the gateway into your Digital Twin. This allows your staff to monitor and evaluate your sites and assets from the comfort and safety of your office.