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Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017, Electronic Manufacturing & the Digital Twin

We have been programming offline for many years. However, recently, this offline processing got its own specific terminology. We call it a digital twin. At the recent Productronica 2017, held in Munich, Germany, there were plenty of people ready to discuss how this shift in language signals a shift in the electronics landscape. 

Productronica is one of the largest electronic manufacturing events in the world. Held earlier this month, in Munich, Germany, the show attracted more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 55,000 visitors. 

The term digital twin has become common place in manufacturing and beyond with motor racing teams using digital twins to predict their performance on different circuits and in different weather conditions, experimenting to find the best tire, suspension and fuel combination. Now, in manufacturing we are creating digital twins of products, machines, processes, lines, and even complete facilities. In fact, they are going outside the factory walls with digital twins of supply chains and entire ecosystem. 

A digital twin, a virtual realization in real time, can be used to analyze what-if scenarios or to predict outcomes from potential disruptions. They can be used for production planning, schedule preventative maintenance, and much more. 

In this debate, I am joined by thought leaders from two of the industries key software providers, Oren Manor, director of business development at Mentor Graphics and Jason Spera, chief executive officer of Aegis Software. I wanted to get their take on the evolving role of the digital twin in both surface mount technology (SMT) and discrete manufacturing.

Click below to hear that conversation and then let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

Filmed on location in the SCOOPstudio  under the sponsorship of Aegis, Cogiscan, Jabil, KIC, Koh Young and Radius Innovation.

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