A core task for the companies in the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL is to implement the vision of Industry 4.0 in which high efficiency and flexibility should be achieved on the basis of networked products and services. In the project Technical Infrastructure for Digital Twins (TeDZ), seven German companies and organizations have come together to expand existing digital models of products and production systems with interoperable interfaces that interact with each other across manufacturers. These are to be realized with the digital twin. The digital twin is the representation of a product or a production system and enables comprehensive data exchange. The aim of TeDZ is to enable and significantly increase the access and interaction of products and production systems along their life cycle through an interoperable, integrated technical infrastructure. For this purpose, a technical infrastructure for the engineering, use and interaction of digital twins in the product life cycle is provided and tested as an example in two pilot projects.
In the AssetLife pilot project, digital twins of the product and the production system are created. They are intended to help make the currently high manual effort for maintaining availability calculable when using new product versions or changing functions in production systems. As a result, savings potentials are realized with regard to the time and cost factor in operation as well as in commissioning and servicing. In the pilot project Digital-Energetic-Twin, the energy-technical mapping of highly automated production in models across the life cycle of plants and components is considered. To this end, digital twins are to be developed by DC-based smart grids and their components.