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Digital Twin

The digital twin is the virtual image of a tangible or intangible object or process in the real world. The term “digital avatar” is also occasionally used. It represents actual processes, systems, or objects in digital form. This digital model is based on data and algorithms and can also be coupled with the real world utilizing sensor technology.
A digital twin can be used to perform analyses and simulations. In this way, processes and designs can be planned, optimized, monitored, and predicted on the computer without the need for resources in the real world. This can accelerate and simplify all phases of development, manufacturing, and application. As a connecting construct between the digital and the real world, the digital twin is a central element for Industry 4.0.