One of the biggest developments in the world of technology over the last few years has been that of digital twins. A digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical system, process or product. The technology essentially provides a real-time look at how a physical asset is performing. Digital marketing specialists Reboot Online has analysed the latest findings from research facilities provider ‘Catapult’, who surveyed engineers (from a range of disciplines) to better understand the components they believe are the most necessary for digital twin technology to function effectively. Reboot Online found that a

‘physical asset’ (71%) is the component that engineers think is the most necessary for a digital twin. Thereafter, 52% of the

experts view a ‘live data set’ as an essential feature for the functionality of digital twins. 45% also believe an ‘offline data set’ is a very important component for the technology. Interestingly, with a digital twin

being a pairing of the virtual and physical worlds, just 45% of engineers rate ‘3D representation’ as a must have variable for the technology. On a similar note, 31% state ‘2D graphic representation’ is needed for a digital twin to work properly. Only 39% place ‘trend analysis

of historical data’ as a vital attribute for a digital twin. Even less feel ‘prediction of future events’ (32%) is a critical aspect that can push the technology to achieve desired objectives. Furthermore, Reboot Online also

wanted to identify the stages in the product life cycle that can gain the most value from integrating and using digital twins. Reboot Online discovered that

‘maintenance, repair and operations’ (77%) is the stage in the product life cycle where the majority of engineers believe digital twin technology adds the greatest value. Thereafter, engineers view ‘manufacturing’ (70%) as the next most likely process to benefit from the utilisation of digital twin technology. Naomi Aharony is managing

director at Reboot Online. Follow this link to see her view/opinion on digital twin technology:


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There’s no getting away from it, the topic of Industry 4.0 looks set to dominate developments in the process industry again this year, as more and more processors begin to reap its rewards. With this in mind, this month’s issue of Process & Control includes a number of features with an Industry 4.0 theme. For example, Martin Walder from

Schneider Electric looks at the growing importance of Artificial Intelligence in Industry 4.0 solutions, and discusses the many advantages it offers (p.13) Simon Kempa, from Senseye,

shows how the combination of Industry 4.0, advanced analytics and machine leaning tools will deliver effective predictive maintenance in manufacturing (p.14). And Paul Streatfield, from Bosch Rexroth, explains why sensors are a sensible starting point for Industry 4.0 projects (p17). So, if you’re currently considering

digitising your process, read on... Michelle Lea


Iain Harper, service sales manager UK and Ireland at Spirax Sarco, offers advice to plant managers who want to make sure their steam system operates at peak efficency: The most cost-effective way for

plant managers to keep their steam system operating at its full potential, is to outsource some, or all, of the maintenance work. A service contract is a flexible way to make sure that a plant maintains peak operational efficiency, ensures equipment longevity and gives the customer peace of mind that all their equipment is safely maintained by dedicated engineers. Whether old equipment has been

replaced, or a completely new system has been installed, having a service contract in place offers the freedom to choose a level of support to match plant needs and budget. Those who opt for a service contract with Spirax Sarco will never have to commit to an agreement that provides services which don’t apply to them, as customers provide

the details of what they want included in their own, bespoke agreement. Therefore, if regular cleaning of the plate heat exchanger is needed without 24-hour priority response cover, plant managers can choose (and pay for) what they need, and nothing more. Things don’t always go to plan in

the plant room or boilerhouse, but unplanned issues certainly needn’t be a disaster. A service contract gives those who manage the steam plant priority over those without a contract, ensuring that they receive support when they need it.

Emerson has received what is said to be industry’s first ISASecure System Security Assurance (SSA) Level 1 certification for cybersecurity. This certification, for Emerson’s newest DeltaV distributed control system, is the latest step in it’s commitment to provide secure digital transformation solutions for customers. The certification, issued by industry consortium ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), independently certifies that Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control and safety systems are robust against network and system attacks. The ISA cybersecurity certification is designed to help the industry navigate the ever-changing digital landscape and recognise products with enhanced cybersecurity measures. ISASecure SSA Level 1 certification covers the most critical standards of the automation industry’s leading family of standards, ANSI/ISA 62443 (IEC 62443). Andre Ristaino, managing director

of ISCI, said: “Emerson is taking a leading role that we hope other vendors will follow...”          



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