GE, ANSYS collaborate on industrial IoT

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By Rich Pell

Simulation technology is no longer solely used by engineers to design better products and reduce the costs of physical testing. Leading organizations are expanding the use of simulation into operations by creating digital twins – virtual representations of individual operating assets whose performance and productivity can be improved dynamically through simulation technology.

Coupling the rich sensor data from increasingly smart industrial equipment with the predictive power of simulation, specific operating conditions can be analyzed and failure points predicted, unlocking billions of dollars in production and maintenance optimization.  Digital twins can live with the asset, providing a dynamic self-teaching model used to optimize its performance in conjunction with an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform. This combination of machine learning, coupled with physics-based modeling, enables organizations to see how their products performed in the past and predict the future simultaneously.

Using ANSYS to create model-based digital twins will provide a foundation to scaling the benefits of the IIoT. This is no longer a theoretic concept as ANSYS and GE Global Research are already demonstrating actual implementation of digital twins, like the GuardEon Molded Case Circuit Breaker, a powerful low-voltage circuit breaker designed for global industry applications. By using ANSYS software, GE engineers are able to study and test complex physics at a level of detail that was impossible to achieve through physical testing.

“Pairing physics and analytics models via the digital twin is essential to providing our customers with the 360 degree insights they need to create competitive advantage in a rapidly changing world,” said Eric Bantegnie, ANSYS vice president.

Through this collaboration, ANSYS will work with GE Digital, GE Global Research and GE’s industrial businesses to expand and integrate ANSYS’ leading physics-based engineering simulation and embedded software development platform with the Predix platform from GE to power digital twin solutions across a wide range of industries. Scaling digital twin solutions from the edge to the cloud will accelerate the value of ANSYS simulation, drive Predix adoption and open new opportunities to explore disruptive business models and commercial relationships.

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