Practical Requirements for Digital Twins in Production and Logistics

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van der Valk, H.; Henning, J.-L.; Winkelmann, S.; Haße, H.: Practical Requirements for Digital Twins in Production and Logistics. In: Herberger, D.; Hübner, M. (Eds.): Proceedings of the Conference on Production Systems and Logistics: CPSL 2022. Hannover : publish-Ing., 2022, S. 32-41. DOI:

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Companies are under tremendous pressure to analyze and optimize their productional and logistical networks in today's global business world. Hence, practitioners and researchers show great interest in digital twins. A digital twin is a virtual construct that mirrors real-world objects and conceptual ideas while it processes, handles, distributes, and optimizes data streams. Its main purpose is to visualize, analyze, and optimize objects and systems, making a digital twin highly suitable to help companies gain an advantage over their competitors through a great degree of transparency over their production and logistics. Therefore, almost every company evaluates the usage of digital twins. Nevertheless, many companies struggle to instantiate digital twins since they lack fundamental knowledge about all necessary components of a digital twin and the individual requirements for the operation of the digital twin. This lack of knowledge hinders the broad implementation in practice. Research shows many descriptions of theoretical use cases and field studies but rarely describes digital twins in real operational settings. To address this research gap between theoretical concepts and practical challenges of the implementation of digital twins, this paper investigates the practical requirements of digital twins in real-life usage. Based on a thorough interview series with international manufacturing and logistics experts, we identify and analyze the requirements for data handling, data policy, and services of digital twins and cluster them according to the requirements engineering approach. Through a comprehensive overview of the different requirements, the paper delivers profound insights into the needs of companies from various fields and, therefore, gives practitioners a guideline on crucial aspects of implementing digital twins.
License of this version: CC BY 3.0 DE
Document Type: BookPart
Publishing status: publishedVersion
Issue Date: 2022
Appears in Collections:Proceedings CPSL 2022

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2 image of flag of United States United States 28 9.46%
3 image of flag of Taiwan Taiwan 10 3.38%
4 image of flag of France France 7 2.36%
5 image of flag of Italy Italy 6 2.03%
6 image of flag of Brazil Brazil 6 2.03%
7 image of flag of Israel Israel 5 1.69%
8 image of flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 5 1.69%
9 image of flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 4 1.35%
10 image of flag of China China 4 1.35%
    other countries 74 25.00%

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