ANSYS and GE collaborate to deliver on industrial internet of things

Posted on 18 Nov 2016 by Victoria Fitzgerald

ANSYS has announced it will collaborate with GE to create model-based digital twin technology and disruptive commercial business models to deliver on the promise of the industrial internet of things.

This announcement builds on an existing relationship between the two companies. ANSYS will demonstrate a variety of industry-specific digital twins at GE’s Minds + Machines event in San Francisco, dedicated to building the digital industrial ecosystem.

Simulation technology is no longer solely used by engineers to design better products and reduce the costs of physical testing. Leading organisations 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 analysed and failure points predicted, unlocking billions of dollars in production and maintenance optimisation.

Digital twins can live with the asset, providing a dynamic self-teaching model used to optimise its performance in conjunction with an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform. This combination of machine learning, coupled with physics-based modeling, enables organisations to see how 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.

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 GE’s Predix platform 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.