NUM introduces digital twin technology for CNC machine tools
As per news reports, CNC company NUM has introduced digital twin technology that helps machine tool manufacturers to reduce their time to market dramatically, by making use of powerful Industry 4.0 simulation techniques.
Digital twin technology was earlier known as pairing technology, and used by NASA in the early days of space exploration. Presently, digital twin technology is now rapidly gaining momentum and industry acceptance as one of the most cost-effective means of accelerating the development of products, processes and services.
For automation products such as machine tools, a digital twin is a virtual model that uses simulation, real-time data acquisition/analysis and machine learning techniques to allow full evaluation of a machine’s dynamic performance before constructing a physical prototype. The same technology can also be employed for customer presentations, virtual commissioning and operator training purposes – and all well before the actual machine itself has even been built.
Automation in manufacturing is going to gain momentum due to coronavirus crisis. Also, with the use of latest technologies such as digital twin, CNC machine tools will get more popular.