Digital Twins for Predictive Maintenance

 

 

CHAPTER 1

What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is an up-to-date representation of an actual physical asset in operation.

Triplex pump

As a representation of an asset in operation, a digital twin reflects the current asset condition and includes relevant historical data about the asset.

Digital twins can be used to evaluate the current condition of the asset and, more importantly, predict future behavior, refine the control, or optimize operation.

Vehicle fleet

A digital twin can model:

  • A component
  • A system of components
  • A system of systems

 

Examples include pumps, engines, power plants, manufacturing lines, and a fleet of vehicles.

Power plant

Triplex pump

Vehicle fleet