How Digital Twins Enable the Next Level of PLM – A Guide for the Concept and the Implementation in the Internet of Everything Era

  • Christian VoellEmail author
  • Prodip ChatterjeeEmail author
  • Andreas RauchEmail author
  • Julius GolovatchevEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 540)


The idea of a digital twin as a virtual representation of a product is not new. However, the modern IoE (Internet of Everything) technology is able to cover a new dimension in terms of monitoring and controlling an operating state of a products or process. The potential is high to reach a new maturity level in all PLM processes. Unfortunately, it is a very complex topic and has a high impact on internal and external processes. The technical challenges are spread in different domains. The business value is hard to see. Therefore the risks are also high and a well-grounded strategy is necessary. This includes an organic growth with customer benefit and a consistent change management in the company.

Besides a successful implementations of digital twins this guide provides a pragmatic approach to get access to the digital twin technology. It covers the range from the conceptual understanding of a digital twin to a successful implementation with a prototype.


Digital twin Internet of Everything (IOE) PLM Prototyping Traceability and performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Detecon International GmbHCologneGermany

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