AWS IoT TwinMaker Simplified

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Sanket Jain 25th May 2022 - 5 mins read

AWS IoT TwinMaker is a service that makes it easier for developers to create digital twins of real-world systems such as buildings, factories, production lines, and equipment. Customers are increasingly adopting digital twins to make better operational and strategic decisions in intelligent buildings, manufacturing, construction, energy, power & utilities, etc.

With AWS IoT TwinMaker, you now have the tools you need to build digital twins to help you monitor and improve your industrial operations. Digital twins are virtual representations of physical systems such as buildings, factories, production lines, and equipment that are regularly updated with real-world data to mimic the structure, state, and behavior of the systems they represent.

Challenges

Before AWS TwinMaker, challenges that were impacting the device efficiency were as below:

  • With the help of other IOT services, identifying the potential faulty device was easier. But to physically locate the potential device, a separate catalog had to be maintained.
  • Individual device monitoring was available through device parameters that were most useful for Plant Operators only.
  • Plant operators or domain experts could do the impact analysis only, and convincing other stakeholders was difficult.

Benefits and Features

  • Use existing IoT data like AWS SiteWise or Kinesis Video Streams without reingesting in AWS TwinMaker separately.
  • Using AWS IoT TwinMaker, you can import existing 3D models like CAD files to compose and arrange 3D scenes of physical space and its contents.
  • Quick impact analysis by observing virtual plants resulted in increased efficiency and performance.
  • Quickly create monitoring dashboards with the help of Amazon Managed Grafana plugins.
  • Share Amazon Managed Grafana dashboards with business users.

Use Cases

Enhance monitoring by simulating physical plants

Real-time monitoring for energy and power generated KPIs through different devices like Inverters, Generators, etc., in manufacturing plants.

Reduce Breakdown Hours

Quickly pinpoint the device failures and perform maintenance activities to reduce the breakdown hours.

Remoter Troubleshooting

Remotely diagnose equipment issues with immediate access to all relevant operational data to enable faster decision-making.

Predictive Maintenance

Predicting potential downtime by identifying anomalies in sensors data and performing maintenance activities

Conclusion

With AWS TwinMaker, we can quickly set up a 3D virtual design of the physical plant and enhance monitoring of all the devices without creating a separate web application.

Note - AWS IoT TwinMaker is generally available in regions of US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (Ireland), with more regions to come soon.

Referenced website - https://aws.amazon.com/iot-twinmaker/

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