Automate information exchange with the digital twin Integration of assets in plants, more efficient and faster by automated processes and standardized, machine-readable information.
7 min reading time, updated on 06.06.2023
After reading this article, you’ll know:
• How the Digital Twin simplifies processes
• Automation and acceleration through the Digital Twin
• Remote commissioning through automatic onboarding
The onboarding of equipment in the process industry is currently hardly automated and still requires many direct interventions. The end-to-end process including the exchange of master data between manufacturer and customer is divided into several steps, little standardized and proprietary for the respective scenario.
In the future, the management shell and its information model will support the exchange of master data and asset onboarding. The digital twin created in this way simplifies the process considerably and minimizes errors.
CREATE DIGITAL TWINS FROM ASSETS
Due to a manufacturer-independent digital twin based on the AAS the asset management is fully automated and thus accelerates and optimizes asset onboarding. Plant operators benefit from a significantly improved quality of their master data and the avoidance of lock-in effects in software and hardware through the use of open standards. The component manufacturer can expand the support service and optimize maintenance processes on the basis of the AAS. Ultimately, components can be used more efficiently, thereby reduce costs. The use of the AAS as the digital twin of a plant pays off.
THE AAS ENABLES REMOTE COMMISSIONING THROUGH AUTOMATIC ONBOARDING
Remote commissioning of plants in terms of automatic onboarding and initialization of a digital twin in the corresponding asset management system is made possible due to the AAS. The AAS and its sub models supports the exchange of master data and therefor the onboarding process itself, reduces complexity and minimizes errors.
The Onboarding of assets in the process industry is currently a process that consists of several steps and must be monitored by the operator’s staff.
Some of these steps can already be automated, such as onboarding via RFID tags or QR- codes, auto-sense mechanism, etc. The end-to-end process, including the exchange of master data between manufacturer and operator to enable the creation of the digital twin is still only possible in several manual steps. This is where the AAS unfolds its full potential. The asset onboarding process can be automated by standardizing master data and its exchange from manufacturer to operator with the Asset Administration Shell and its sub models.
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