SAP Digital Twin


What is SAP Digital Twin?

A digital twin is a virtual model of a physical product, process, or service whereby sensors utilizing Industry 4.0 technologies (artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and big data) provide real-time conditions, diagnostics, and predictions through data analysis. As many put it, it’s the linkage between the physical and digital worlds.

According to Richard Howells, SAP Supply Chain, Digital Economy, and IoT Thought Leader, “the common theme is that the virtual representation combines three types of information: business data, contextual data, and sensor data.”

Key capabilities of a digital twin include:

  • Cost reduction
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Improved efficiencies
  • Faster innovation

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

What is SAP Digital Twin?

A digital twin is a virtual model of a physical product, process, or service whereby sensors utilizing Industry 4.0 technologies (artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and big data) provide real-time conditions, diagnostics, and predictions through data analysis. As many put it, it’s the linkage between the physical and digital worlds.

According to Richard Howells, SAP Supply Chain, Digital Economy, and IoT Thought Leader, “the common theme is that the virtual representation combines three types of information: business data, contextual data, and sensor data.”

Key capabilities of a digital twin include:

  • Cost reduction
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Improved efficiencies
  • Faster innovation

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • Establish a digital twin as the next evolution of a manufacturing execution system. A manufacturing execution system (MES) is an ideal foundational starting point for a manufacturer to develop a digital twin, according to Kumar Singh, Research Director for SAPinsider. A digital twin can be considered the next step or evolution of an MES in order for a manufacturer to adapt to the changing technological capabilities of the world around them. “You can envision an MES as being an orchestrator in the digital twin architecture, enabling the ‘create’ and ‘communicate’ aspects. … It is just one of the components but is a critical component in the overall digital twin architecture,” Singh writes. Read the full article to learn more about MES and digital twin technologies.
  • Achieve visibility and improvement in logistical networks.Today’s supply chains are already utilizing a vast network of sensors to provide transparency across various segments. Within logistics, there are myriad areas where a digital twin can optimize products and processes. According to Howells, by tracking fleets of connected vehicles, public transportation, and private vehicles, you can gain visibility over all vehiclesin use. “Add to this a spatial dimension by leveraging geo-fencing, track and trace, and other unstructured data, such as weather and road conditions, and you have a 360-degree view of traffic patterns, flow, and disruptions to improve route planning, shipments, and deliveries,” he says.

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    Digital Twins are on the Rise to Mitigate Risk

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    Digital twin technology is on the rise as operational risks increase and companies search for greater efficiencies. Enterprises are discovering more uses for the data digital twins can generate from a variety of business scenarios. Companies are struggling to make their supply chains resilient. With recent port congestion, freight delays, labor shortages, material shortages, and…
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    Leveraging Smart Manufacturing to Meet Sustainability Goals

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, SAPinsider Building Sustainable Digital Twins While supply chain leaders across industries and geographies grapple with managing the ever-increasing supply chain complexities and risks, there is an additional demand on the companies to be more resourceful and conscientious of environmental and social needs. There is no doubt that the collective awareness…...…
  3. Evolve Your Manufacturing Execution System (MES) into a Digital Twin- in the Cloud

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, SAPinsider   What exactly is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)? You will find a plethora of definitions of Manufacturing execution systems. But to put it in the simplest possible way, MES systems are computerized systems that help with the following three aspects in a manufacturing environment: Tracking…
  4. Serialization in the Supply Chain for a Deeper Analysis to Identify Bottlenecks and Issues

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    We recently interviewed leadership at ACSIS about its serialization capabilities in its Intelligent Product and Asset Traceability solutions. Serialization essentially means separating out the data from each individual product. Here, we share some of our thoughts on serialization with IoT and analytics technologies and how it builds on SAP ERP functionality to contribute to digital…