Gartner says it. Deloitte says it. Eplan says it, too: the digital twin is becoming the driving force of industrial production in the twenty-first century. The question is not whether the digital twin will find its way from engineering to production to maintenance, but when. Embedded into the megatrends of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things, the digital twin brings significant advantages for manufacturing companies across the entire product life cycle.
This white paper, “Electrified – The Digital Twin”, will first show what a digital twin consists of and which disciplines and fields can work with it. With a special focus on the engineering field of “designing and documenting wires and wire harnesses in 3D”, the paper examines how the virtual/physical discipline of wire harness development, which traditionally uses hybrid means, can utilise the digital twin to achieve better results. It quickly becomes clear that enriching the digital twin with electrical information opens up substantial advantages over the long term – particularly in times of increasing product complexity and product variety, shortened development cycles, and in change management and the generation of manufacturing documentation, not to mention working with suppliers.