The twin takes off

The Indus­tri­al Digi­tal Twin Asso­cia­ti­on (IDTA) was laun­ched on March 2. The orga­ni­za­ti­on was foun­ded by 23 foun­ding mem­bers from the elec­tri­cal, mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, soft­ware and user indus­tries with the par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on and initia­ti­ve of the indus­try asso­cia­ti­ons VDMA and ZVEI .

Andre­as Orzel­ski is not only active in the stan­dar­di­za­ti­on of Indus­trie 4.0 for Phoe­nix Con­tact, but is also invol­ved in the board of the IDTA: “Phoe­nix Con­tact has been active in the Indus­trie 4.0 plat­form from the very begin­ning and is hel­ping to dri­ve the topic of the digi­tal twin. The so-cal­led admi­nis­tra­ti­on shell (the “Asset Admi­nis­tra­ti­on Shell”) is the imple­men­ta­ti­on of the digi­tal twin for Indus­trie 4.0. With the IDTA, this mani­fes­ta­ti­on of the digi­tal twin is now to be estab­lished world­wi­de.” The imple­men­ta­ti­on of the digi­tal twin is not yet the talk of the town, but the Phoe­nix Con­tact expert empha­si­zes: “In many are­as, we are alrea­dy much fur­ther along than is per­cei­ved from the out­si­de.

Joint ins­tead of pro­prie­ta­ry

Orzel­ski high­lights the impor­t­an­ce of col­la­bo­ra­ti­on wit­hin the IDTA: “Through the focu­sed coope­ra­ti­on of the part­ners invol­ved, we are con­creti­zing many Indus­trie 4.0 pro­jec­ts. We are deve­lo­ping com­mon stan­dards ins­tead of pro­prie­ta­ry sys­tems in order to actual­ly sha­re the data of the digi­tal twin and thus rea­li­ze ent­i­re­ly new oppor­tu­nities for col­la­bo­ra­ti­on.”

Andre­as Orzel­ski, Phoe­nix Con­tact

The way in which the models and inter­faces of the digi­tal twin are struc­tu­red deter­mi­nes the degree of pos­si­ble inter­ac­tion wit­hin the value chains. In this respect, the IDTA is defi­ni­te­ly in com­pe­ti­ti­on with other digi­tal twins, as Orzel­ski descri­bes. “The­re­fo­re, our goal in the IDTA is to make the Asset Admi­nis­tra­ti­on Shell even bet­ter known and easi­ly avail­ab­le via open source. With stan­dar­di­za­ti­on and the inclu­si­on of cross-manu­fac­tu­rer secu­ri­ty, we will achie­ve the next step in digi­tiza­ti­on and thus in Indus­try 4.0.”

Indus­tri­al Digi­tal Twin Asso­cia­ti­on (IDTA)

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