Imagine having the ability to replicate your entire factory or supply chain digitally, enabling you to simulate, analyse, and streamline processes before you actually implement them. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, with Opcenter APS it’s a reality!
Thanks to Opcenter APS, you can take advantage of a ‘digital twin’ to give your business a competitive advantage.
What is a digital twin?
In the most basic terms, a digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset, be it a machine, a production line, or an entire factory. It’s a dynamic model that mirrors the real-world counterpart in a digital space, that is continuously updated with real-time data to accurately reflect its physical twin’s status and performance.
So why is this so useful? Well, this digital representation allows for in-depth analysis, predictive modelling, and scenario testing without the risks and costs associated with making changes in the real world. It’s a way to make sure your plans are as foolproof and effective for your business’s unique goals as possible before you go ahead with them.
Not only can it be used to test out potential scenarios, but it also offers a bird’s-eye perspective which allows for the observation and understanding of intricate connections between various elements in the production chain.
For example, when you make one change, you may not think about the domino effect it will have on other areas of operations; Opcenter APS can highlight these areas and ensure you’re prepared for the ripple effect. Think of it a bit like a traffic simulation on roads, highlighting potential bottlenecks and areas for improvement before they occur.
What are the benefits of a digital twin?
Using Opcenter APS as a digital twin comes with a range of benefits from significant cost savings to enhanced planning.
Simulating ‘what ifs’ for optimal planning
One of the most significant advantages of a digital twin lies in their ability to simulate “what-if” scenarios. For instance, when introducing new products or altering existing processes, this technology allows for the visualisation of potential impacts on production lines, logistics, staffing, and more.
By running simulations, companies can assess the implications of changes, forecast resource requirements, and adjust workflows accordingly. It’s basically all about fine-tuning your processes and helping you account for as many different situations as possible.
Mitigating CO2 impact and enhancing sustainability
Taking advantage of a digital twin can contribute to sustainability efforts; something that is only becoming more relevant and important to consumers. By simulating transportation, storage, and logistics, companies can identify opportunities to minimise environmental impact.
For instance, improving truckloads to avoid half-empty transports reduces carbon emissions, aligning with eco-friendly practices and corporate responsibility. This can help to save your business money but reducing unnecessary travel.
Improving efficiency and resilience
If there’s one constant about the business landscape, it’s that it’s always changing so adaptability and resilience are vital! Digital twins empower companies to respond swiftly to market fluctuations, unforeseen disruptions, or evolving customer demands. The ability to anticipate scenarios, test solutions, and refine operations in a digital space significantly enhances an organisation’s preparedness.
Easy to integrate
Whilst some planning experience is required to use Opcenter APS, one of the key advantages is its intuitive and user-friendly interface. Planners can navigate through the software seamlessly, accessing essential features and functionalities.
The idea is that a digital twin becomes a part of your organisation’s ecosystem, working alongside your planner. It’s not about point scoring or taking over jobs, it’s there to work alongside your people and processes to help them be the best they can.
Ready to benefit from your own digital twin? Contact us today. With our expertise and skills, we’re able to help give tailored solutions for your business. We have experience working with big brands, so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.