What is the Philips Digital Twin Concept

IBM at the Hanover Fair: Watson in an industrial environment

The use of Watson in the industrial environment continues to gain momentum. The cognitive abilities of the system are finding their way into more and more factories, buildings and machines. Under the motto “Where physical meets digital: Industry 4.0 with Watson”, IBM will be showing the latest developments and projects in the field of Watson IoT / Industry 4.0 in Hall 7 at Stand C18. The focus is on the topic of "Digital Twin".

The concept stands for the seamless, continuous digital representation of a process or product along its entire life cycle. At IBM, the digital twin is equipped with additional cognitive abilities by means of Watson, which help with intelligent data analysis. In addition, IBM will present “Adaptive Robotics” together with KUKA and “Smart Buildings” together with KONE in Hanover. In addition, IBM is showing smart security in networked vehicles as an example of how the Industrial Internet can also be effectively shielded against cyber attacks. A new cognitive knowledge platform and an app for maintenance based on Watson support engineers in their work.

Digital Twin - the digital counterpart of a real process

The "digital twin" is the digital image of a real process or product along its entire life cycle, and more than just that. Because the digital twin allows very different perspectives on its physical counterpart and is in constant interaction with it. The digital twin concept seamlessly encompasses all stages of the life cycle - from design and manufacturing to production processes, logistics and finally the operation of the product. The special feature: observations and sensor data from ongoing operations flow back into the model in real time and can be used for permanent optimization. In Hanover, IBM will show how cognitive Watson technology enables completely new knowledge and insights, even in the context of the digital twin.

"Adaptive Robotics"

Another central topic in the area of ​​Industry 4.0 is "Adaptive Robotics". In Hanover, IBM, together with KUKA, one of the world's leading providers of robotics, will present a scenario in which KUKA's innovative lightweight robot IIWA is networked with the Watson IoT ecosystem and thus becomes capable of learning. This means that the adaptive robot can adjust to its environment much more precisely and is, among other things, able to build personalized products much faster. In this combination, this means a quantum leap for productivity in manufacturing.

Watson also moves into the factory halls as a maintenance consultant. In Hanover, IBM will show how their new “Repair Experience with Watson” app uses image recognition to analyze the causes of a machine problem and make suggestions for eliminating them. The app is available free of charge on the IBM Cloud Bluemix platform.

“Smart Buildings”: A topic with a great future

“Smart Buildings” is also a topic with a great future. The elevator and escalator specialist KONE uses Watson IoT to network its elevators and escalators and to monitor them remotely. Among other things, the company provides a 24/7 service based on the Watson IoT platform for intelligent maintenance. In Hanover, it will be shown what the dialogue between the elevators and the manufacturer's back-end system looks like.

The connected vehicle will also play a role in Hanover: This time the main focus will be on intelligent security concepts and data protection, powered by Watson. IBM shows what is possible today to effectively protect the car and its occupants from attacks at a very early stage. This security concept also serves as a clear example of how the industrial Internet can be effectively shielded against cyber attacks.

Oil company feeds Watson with engineering knowledge

Woodside comes from the other end of the world. The Australian oil and gas company has decided to use cognitive Watson technology in order to be able to better support the work of its engineers. The system that is now being presented in Hanover provides you with detailed answers to very specific questions. For this, Watson was fed the equivalent of around 600,000 pages of information. Above all, this involves the input of thousands of retired engineers who have entered the system as structured and unstructured data. The engineers have access to 30 years of expertise and experience and can also better protect their systems from disasters from a distance.