What are digital twins?

What they are, and how to start using digital twins to benefit your organization

What are Digital Twins?

Digital twins are a true representation of it’s physical counterpart. They behave exactly like the real thing and allow for realistic conditions to be achieved.

Digital twins bridge the credibility gap that basic simulation leaves. While basic simulations can get you a quick answer to a question, or an overview of results, they are limited to a scenario based on pre-defined metrics.

On the other hand, digital twins allow for the visuals, physics, interface connections and behaviours all to be set. They run in real-time and are compatible with real system inputs and outputs.

The result is a more complete and accurate picture of how a system will behave, saving you costs and time for the long term. Digital twin technology is helping to improve the sustainability of business in the Industry 4.0 age.

Benefits of Digital Twins

Digital twins can support your activities across the entire life-cycle of a project or system. They provide a safe environment for testing and experimenting. Use digital twins for:

Applications of Digital Twins

In industry, engineering and manufacturing digital twins can be used for virtual commissioning. Virtual commissioning is about carrying out the commissioning process of an industrial automated system against a digital twin, instead of the real thing.

In addition, it’s goal is to validate and verify the system early on. Virtual commissioning doesn’t replace the real thing, but it does reduce the time of real commissioning and its pain points. Above all, you can reduce the risk of errors and faults, whilst saving time, money and resources.

As a result, this can give you a competitive advantage and an ability to deliver high quality solutions.

Virtual commissioning and digital twins are not just for industry. For example, the benefits can be applied to many areas including healthcare, logistics and life science. In addition, digital twins can provide unlimited benefits even used in education. The key is finding the right solution based on your goals.

Creating Digital Twins with Simumatik

Simumatik’s cloud-based emulation platform leaves no stone unturned. It’s perfect for creating digital twins and for use in virtual commissioning. In addition, it’s flexible and easy to use. Perfect for training the engineers of the future and operationally with professionals.

More and more organizations are unlocking the benefits today. See how we can help deliver a positive impact for you.


Do you need help starting your journey with digital twins?

At Simumatik, we offer personalized consultancy services to professional organizations, utilizing our 15 years of experience in virtual commissioning and digital twins.

Go to our consultancy services page for more details on our approach, and key stages working with organizations.