In our previous posts, we talked about using virtual twins to create simulations for training, to test alternative scenarios, and for strategic planning, and operational execution. Here we talk about automation.
Because the digital twin is based on its physical alternate, they are connected. This means that the physical machinery and/or system can be controlled via the digital platform where its virtual twin resides. Machinery and equipment that people operate – even remotely– can be controlled with full automation using algorithms that map routes, timing, and how a piece of equipment is used to execute work.
Automation in some mining sectors has already begun. People in remote-operations centers have been controlling locomotives and haulage trucks at major Australian mining operations for years. Automation and robotics are moving humans from low value-added tasks in dangerous environments to safer, more desirable locations where they can do their jobs more effectively.
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