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Towards Integrated Digital Twins for Industrial Products: Case Study on an Overhead Crane

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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Remion Ltd., 33210 Tampere, Finland
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Konecranes Global Corporation, 05830 Hyvinkää, Finland
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(2), 683; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11020683
Received: 23 October 2020 / Revised: 15 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 December 2020 / Published: 12 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Twins in Industry)
Industrial Internet of Things practitioners are adopting the concept of digital twins at an accelerating pace. The features of digital twins range from simulation and analysis to real-time sensor data and system integration. Implementation examples of modeling-oriented twins are becoming commonplace in academic literature, but information management-focused twins that combine multiple systems are scarce. This study presents, analyzes, and draws recommendations from building a multi-component digital twin as an industry-university collaboration project and related smaller works. The objective of the studied project was to create a prototype implementation of an industrial digital twin for an overhead crane called “Ilmatar”, serving machine designers and maintainers in their daily tasks. Additionally, related cases focus on enhancing operation. This paper describes two tools, three frameworks, and eight proof-of-concept prototypes related to digital twin development. The experiences show that good-quality Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are significant enablers for the development of digital twins. Hence, we recommend that traditional industrial companies start building their API portfolios. The experiences in digital twin application development led to the discovery of a novel API-based business network framework that helps organize digital twin data supply chains. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital twins; crane; machine design; integration; maintenance; operation; API; open source digital twins; crane; machine design; integration; maintenance; operation; API; open source
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Autiosalo, J.; Ala-Laurinaho, R.; Mattila, J.; Valtonen, M.; Peltoranta, V.; Tammi, K. Towards Integrated Digital Twins for Industrial Products: Case Study on an Overhead Crane. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 683. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11020683

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Autiosalo J, Ala-Laurinaho R, Mattila J, Valtonen M, Peltoranta V, Tammi K. Towards Integrated Digital Twins for Industrial Products: Case Study on an Overhead Crane. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(2):683. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11020683

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Autiosalo, Juuso, Riku Ala-Laurinaho, Joel Mattila, Miika Valtonen, Valtteri Peltoranta, and Kari Tammi. 2021. "Towards Integrated Digital Twins for Industrial Products: Case Study on an Overhead Crane" Applied Sciences 11, no. 2: 683. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11020683

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