AUTOMATE – Our Digital Twine(TM) Reference Architecture


“Hidden beneath the waves of chaos is a tapestry of synchronicity.
Our challenge is to ride the waves of chaos with purpose, trust, and agility allowing everything in its time to unfold and harmonize.”

A business comes into being thru interactions – with external influences like customers, partners, and suppliers, and with internal units and the team to provide a holistic view of its existence.Just like in Physics where atoms are composed of constituent particles, or in the philosophy of Gestalt where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, so to with enterprises, the units that aggregate must function effectively within and in relation to the others so that their interactions can completely help the fun functioning of the enterprise.Industry 4.0 is not simply the act of replacing people with machines and robotics, instead it is the way in which people can work together with current automation and data exchange technologies such as cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), Operational Technology, cloud computing and cognitive computing. For the manufacturing industry, there are several key influencers driving the transition, including the need for data driven decisions with the use of IIoT, richer visual and collaborative business intelligence, and increased connectivity.

The Industry 4.0 toolset includes:

  • Cyber Physical System (CPS) — a connected, automated device, capable of learning from and effecting the physical environment, that is intelligent and responsive and can act independently (e.g., self-diagnosing problems) or interdependently with humans or other CPSs to achieve efficiencies or resolve issues.
  • Internet of Things (IOT) — the network over which CPSs can connect to the internet and to each other in a secure, auditable manner.
  • Internet of Services (IOS)—when devices are networked over the IOT, new services focusing on logistics, intelligence, automation, and prediction are possible.
  • Smart Factory—the combination of cyber-physical systems and humans, connected through the internet of things with support from the internet of services, monitor production processes, and make de-centralized decisions as part of an interdependent network. The factory management is orchestrated via smart enterprise resource planning (SERP) systems and supported by human and virtual agents to develop product that is responsive in real time to demand, market conditions, and value chain (e.g., logistics) feedback.

The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, revolves around automation and data exchange, and a wide range of manufacturing technologies form the core of its functioning in the world of business. While many manufacturers are still busy developing methods for interconnecting new technologies to improve efficiency and productivity — the guiding principle behind Industry 4.0 — the next phase of industrialization is already upon us.

– Emmy Noether
– The Quipu
– Feynman Diagrams
– Subway Cartography

The key to building an ecosystem for Industry 4.0 is:

  • managing processes using the digital thread, and
  • enabling interaction with the systems using digital twin.

This must happen in all phases of the ecosystem – Strategy, Innovation, Product Development, Smart Manufacturing, Logistics and Connected Commercials. Technology planning is not step one. First, companies need to have a good business strategy and tangible objectives. Once you have a good business strategy in place, what does that means for the product lifecycle process?

We call it the Digital TwineTM – an assemblage of people, processes and platforms that need to be orchestrated to achieve coordination, optimization, and proactive assertions for the building of the tapestry for all aspects of Industry 4.0 and its progression to Industry and Services 5.0.

The Digital Twine is our reference architecture to:

  • integrate between disparate and heterogeneous systems,
  • coordinate digital threads comprising of historical and real time data, and
  • manifest digital twins to enable physical-digital interrelationships, and
  • manage the governing of people, process and technology

This would enable blueprinting of initiatives in Industry 4.0 and beyond to enable processes to be automated, intelligent and connected.

Follow the links on the right to know more about the Digital TwineTM

NI+IN UCHIL – Founder, CEO & Technical Evangelist



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