What is the next step for digital twins?

What is the next step for digital twins?


Manzoor Tiwana discusses how Ansys and Microsoft are helping organisations to use digital twins for more than just simulation

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Digital twins are high on the agendas of chief information officers. Most enterprises want to deploy this technology, but very few realise its full potential. 

Today, digital twins are generally used as real-time digital models of products or systems via simulation. However, Microsoft and Ansys are helping customers use them on a larger scale. 

For example, the partnership between Microsoft and Ansys enables customers to combine the physical world, simulations and artificial intelligence and machine learning models to make more accurate, data-driven predictions. This leads to more efficient operations and less prototyping, material waste and energy use.  

Microsoft brings its Azure IoT Edge, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Digital Twins, and several other services, while Ansys brings industry-leading multi-physics simulation, hybrid analytics, and engineering expertise. The ultimate aim is to bring the physical and digital world together to help customers build solutions that span the cloud to the edge.  

Together, Microsoft and Ansys software help organisations to create comprehensive digital models of entire assets and processes. Users can predict failures or downtime and identify optimisation opportunities that are normally too complex to find just by monitoring data from a few sensors. The combination of Azure Digital Twins and Ansys Twin Builder runtime enables customers to understand how a system will behave under different circumstances.  

By combining the strengths of Ansys Digital Twin and Azure Digital Twins, users can gain even deeper insights into the performance of physical systems, as well as monitor and optimise them in real-time. This integration can lead to significant improvements in efficiency, reliability and safety for a wide range of industries and applications. 

The strategic partnership between Microsoft and Ansys represents a significant step forward in the field of digital twins. Through this collaboration, businesses can access a wide range of knowledge and expertise, which was previously siloed across different areas. The applications include anything in the physical worlds such as flow networks, drive systems and electrification, and heating and cooling applications, among others.   

We are excited about the future direction of this partnership and the continuous innovation with Ansys Twin Builder in Azure Digital Twins. Digital twin technology is still considered to be cutting-edge technology for many customers, especially digital twin platforms that are available in the cloud. As these technologies become bigger commodities, the partnership will increasingly command the attention of customers.  

Manzoor Tiwana is lead product manager for digital twins at Ansys

This article was originally published in the Spring 2023 issue of Technology Record. To get future issues delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for a free subscription

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