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The development and use of digital twins

The development and use of digital twins

Digital twins are no longer limited to manufacturing applications. The technology has moved into the realm of business process improvement, providing essential benefits for identifying hidden value opportunities and achieving quick cash impact across sectors. Here's where digital twins came from and how to take advantage of the chances.

Businesses have long practiced stress-testing items as they are planned and produced, avoiding costly errors and rework. It was once accomplished with a physical prototype, but subsequently digital twins appeared. As digital representations of real-world entities, digital twins provide a more efficient, cost-effective, and risk-free virtual solution.

Businesses are now generating virtual copies of their business processes to subject them to the same stringent scrutiny and optimization, marking another leap in technology. In terms of operational efficiency and digital transformation, this development is revolutionary.

Let's examine the evolution of digital twins and the various applications they are utilizing by companies to produce measurable benefits for their top, bottom, and green lines.

What implications do digital twins have for various industries?

Manufacturing is where digital twin technologies first emerged. A real thing, product, or component's digital representation has made it possible for producers and product developers to evaluate designs for suitability and potential areas for improvement, as well as to estimate resource needs and building requirements. Digital twins can be utilized to enhance the manufacturing process even after production has started. All of this can occur prior to production starting. They can even be used to determine what should happen to things when their useful lives are coming to an end.

The building sector has made astounding use of digital twins. To assess asset performance and how its physical counterpart fits together, entire rooms and modules can be virtually constructed, reducing the amount of rework once construction gets underway. Through the utilization of real-time sensor data from the physical counterpart, analytics and monitoring may be conducted throughout the building's lifecycle using an asset twin.

Additionally, the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors make substantial use of digital twins. They aid in the creation and testing of novel medicines as well as medical research by mimicking biological functions within the human body.

Teams can verify that items are suitable for their intended use and that briefs are met by using the virtual model generated by digital twins. From the procurement of various materials to customer delivery, digital twin technology can be utilized to identify implications and relationships across departments and processes. Virtual twins may simulate and compare the effects of employing various materials and production techniques on sustainability KPIs, which has further green-line benefits.

Introducing digital process twins

There are more uses for digital twin technologies than merely physical assets. Businesses are using tasks, activities, and transactions taken from system data (much how a physical digital twin utilizes sensor data) to create a digital twin model of the processes supporting their entire firm using process mining.

This procedure Businesses can utilize a digital twin, also known as the "Digital Twin of an Organization," to examine and investigate processes at both a high-level and detailed level. A digital twin is a live, breathing virtual counterpart that is fed with real-time data. It is possible to analyze, diagnose, and prioritize everything, including disconnects, duplicate operations, and bottlenecks.

What are the benefits of digital twins for business processes?

Predictive analytics can be enhanced by digital twins to assist your company go from a reactive to a proactive state. For example, by reducing risk through a better ability to simulate scenarios like interruption, stock-outs, and predictive maintenance, the technology improves supply chain resilience. The consumer experience is also enhanced by these advancements, which result in more consistent results and dependable service levels.

Digging further, you can uncover value in the primary revenue-generating operations with the help of digital twins' forensically accurate and transparent virtual depiction of your processes.

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Benefits of digital twins for Accounts Payable

• Get insight into payment blocks to avoid late payments and the ensuing supply delays from suppliers.

• Recognize the instances in which late payments lead to fines or hinder the complete utilization of cash discounts.

• Examine the ways in which blindspots are hiding the best payment terms and how payment term mismatches are infiltrating PO procedures.

• By identifying the delays and bottlenecks preventing effective remittance operations, you may strengthen your vendor relationships.

Benefits of digital twins for Accounts Receivable

• Find and model possibilities to maximize cash flow, timely payments, and dunning efforts by prioritizing collections earlier in the process.

• Examine your AR and broader procedures to see where invoices are usually misplaced or duplicated.

• Simplify the credit review and dispute procedures by identifying pointless approval and escalation channels.

Benefits of digital twins for Order Management

• To reduce cycle time, find and fix upstream and downstream order mistakes, such as incorrect shipping labels, incorrect addresses, and incorrect prices.

• Reduce processing times and ensure on-time, in-full (OTIF) delivery by identifying pointless credit, delivery, and billing blocks.

• Look at ways to automate many of the tedious tasks associated with order management, like creating shipping labels, keeping track of fulfillment, and updating inventory.

• Examine how reverse logistics functions and integrates with your other order management procedures to minimize conflicts and lost or delayed returns.

Benefits of digital twins for Procurement

• Determine the cause of the disparities in the purchase requisition (PR) fields.

• By making it simpler to identify the underlying reason for PRs without catalog references, you may eliminate free text orders and ensure that items are accurately linked to PRs, hence reducing processing cycle time.

• Get a clear understanding of supplier lead times and bottlenecks so you may investigate other suppliers and take other steps to avoid future effects on your organization.

• Keep track of the sources of emissions, redundant procedures that affect sustainability KPIs, and vendors who don't follow your ESG guidelines.

• Find out how buying extra shares is being done to cut operational expenses.

Get the most out of digital twin technology for business improvement

Even with such a broad range of applications, not all companies are taking full advantage of the digital twin potential. Only 8% of top decision makers in the life sciences sector are aware of how crucial digital twins are to process improvement, according to research.

More generally, less than a fifth (17%) of firms are using digital process twins across several departments, according to research conducted by HFS Research in collaboration with IBM and Celonis.

Meanwhile, companies further along the path to process excellence are gaining unparalleled end-to-end process visibility and transparency through the use of digital twin technologies.

A system-neutral digital twin of a company is created by the Celonis Process Intelligence Graph, which then merges it with the business environment in which the company functions. It demonstrates how the company is operating, where and how it may operate more efficiently, and how teams can extract value from within the company.

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