The model of digital twin data and its requirements

Key points

    Criteria for virtual twin manufacturing

    The process of product twinning

    Essential things to know before starting

By Carlos Miskinis
Digital twin research expert
Feb 2019

Even if you have a good grasp on the concept of Digital Twin, seen a few examples of the technology in action and read our articles on how the technology will potentially impact the future, the main question you need to know is how do you actually create a digital twin data model in the first place? What equipment do you need and what are the requirements for getting started? We are going to cover everything you need to know in detail so that you can have a better understanding of how to begin utilizing the technology of digital twin.



What are the criteria for building a successful digital twin data model?


There is not much information on how to actually build a digital twin of your product or service, but if you are looking to do that, you have come to the right place. Challenge Advisory specializes in helping companies successfully incorporate digital twin technology into the processes of their business and we have worked with hundreds of firms that want to find out more about what the technology has to offer.


The very first thing you should keep in mind is that focusing on recreating sensors and hardware of your product is not the way to go. You need to focus on building the main body of your object you want to replicate first. The digital twin interface is powerful enough to scan the physical twin in its entirety, which includes its hardware and sensors if there are any. By focusing on “twinning” the physical body of your product first, you will save time and avoid additional code from being generated in the first place. This will save hardware space and keep your digital twin interface running smoothly.



the digital twin data model

Part 2

What are the requirements for twinning product design?

There is a specific set of criteria that must be met for digital twinning to happen

Figuring out what requirements you need to start digitizing your products


Once you’ve successfully managed to create a digital twin of your product, service or whatever you are trying to digitalize, it is very important to keep in mind the data that will be pouring in. You can set and filter the incoming metrics in many specific ways, such as acquiring data on the overall performance of the twin, gaining insights on how the object interacts in a specific context (e.g. whilst being delivered or inaction) and extracting metrics on how it will behave in the future based on the current stage of performance it is in.


All of these metrics will give you valuable insight when it comes to testing, developing and experimenting with the object in order to achieve new levels of optimization. By constantly using the data that is being provided by the digital twin interface you will not only be able to create a better customer experience for the end user, but also reduce development and fulfillment costs which are huge factors that demand huge amounts of capital.


how do you figure out what you need to build a virtual twin


Building understanding on digital twin data


The final and most crucial point is that working with digital twin technology requires good understanding, skills, and experience to be developed. Therefore, hiring talent that is suitable to work with this level of technology should be the main priority for your business. To gain more understanding on what kind of talent you need to hire to have success in creating simulations, meet us at our conference called modeling the digital twins – Challenge Advisory workshop. We will help you establish new connections and relationships that will lead you down the right path.


Want to find out whether it is possible to fully simulate and recreate your specific business processes digitally? Find out how the big industry players do it by networking and connecting with them – attend our private event here.

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