Technology Record - Issue 27: Winter 2022

114 F E ATUR E Weaving together virtual and physical environments is a key strategy helping manufacturers to achieve their business and sustainability goals. We asked selected analysts and Microsoft partners how digital twin and digital thread technologies are transforming the industry Partner perspectives “Digital twins require customers to bring together capabilities from multiple platforms to connect in order to recognise value. Ansys’s hybrid digital twin capabilities build on our strength in physics-based simulation and add machine learning capabilities to create accurate, evolving models of customers’ realworld assets and equipment. By partnering with Microsoft, we are making it easier for customers to deploy our digital twin models on the Microsoft Azure Digital Twin (ADT) platform, connect to sensor streams and to scale out deployment. This helps reduce time to market. As an example, we are helping a large process manufacturer to onboard critical equipment digital twins onto the ADT platform. This digital twin will help improve productivity and reduce material waste by controlling operating temperatures.” “Manufacturing organisations are increasingly recognising the benefits of combining internet of things and cloud technology like ICONICS automation software and Microsoft Azure to digitally transform their businesses. An example is Spirax Sarco, a global engineering company and leader in heating and thermal solutions. The company used ICONICS on Azure to provide a range of products and services that are connected, smarter, and provide never-before-seen operational visibility. Spirax Sarco can now monitor customer steam systems to collect the needed data at scale for optimal control, performance, energy efficiency, reliability and safety. It can also remotely monitor operations to make the best use of its teams’ time, allowing it to drive the journey of moving from reactive to preventive maintenance.” Sameer Kher Senior Director Digital Twin, Ansys Mary Anne Ballouz Marketing Communications Writer, ICONICS