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Cloud Computing: Setting the Foundation for Industry 4.0 Applications

Digital transformation technologies are key enablers of modern Industry 4.0 workflows where automation is required to run traditional processes. For manufacturers, implementing industry 4.0 operational models starts with going digital and in many cases; the digital transformation process is done incrementally from eliminating the use of paper to utilizing manufacturing enterprise systems (MES). Moving from …

Revisited: The Evolution of the Industrial Ages: Industry 1.0 to 4.0

Through the ages, human progress has been closely intertwined with the ability to develop innovative solutions to producing the items we consume and utilize. The stone and metal age saw our ancestors produce goods by hand and through the help of domesticated animals but by the 18th century, things were to change dramatically for the …

Enhancing Innovation and Agility with Digital Twin Technology in the Manufacturing Industry

Gartner’s 2019 “Application Strategies & Solutions Summit” highlighted the challenges manufacturers face in a world that continues to demand more accountability from the manufacturing industry. The discussed challenges included the need to increase revenue growth, enable greater agility with existing manufacturing processes and resources, and getting more value from plant floor data. During the conference, …

Forward Scheduling: What is it and how does it differ from backwards scheduling?

Simio is a forward scheduling simulation engine.  We do not support backwards scheduling.  We have found the backwards scheduling approach fails to represent reality, thus generating an infeasible plan that is unhelpful to planners.  Many of our customers have learned this lesson the hard way.  The underlying principle of forward scheduling is feasibility first.  A …

Top Trends in Simulation and Digital Twins Technology for 2020

Digital Twins refers to the digital representations of people, processes, and things. It is used to analyze operations and receive insight into complex processes. As 2019 comes to an end, the need to define digital twin technology still exists and hopefully by this time next year, its growth and popularity will make this need obsolete… …

How to Sell the Idea of Digital Twin to Your Manager

The business world as we know it is changing. Never have there been so many emerging technologies, models, and business concepts competing for the attention of the business community. Today, we have cloud computing services, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Automation, Blockchains, and the Digital Twin providing timely business insights for enterprises. This …