Digital twin and product life-cycle
UPSIM – Unleash Potentials in Simulation
To optimize product development and product life-cycle, the digital twin concept is essential. Within the ITEA project UPSIM, SETLabs is working on this topic.
UPSIM aims for system simulation credibility via introducing a formal simulation quality management approach, encompassing collaboration and continuous integration for complex systems.
Numerical simulation is now common in the development, production, and operation of product lifecycles, which means that it is no longer the competitive differentiator. Given current trends towards product personalisation and supply chain deverticalisation, real testing is also proving practically and economically impossible for smart systems – yet less than 1% of today’s physical machines and components use models that capture and mimic behaviour. Computer-assisted engineering costs, staff training, tool license fees, computing infrastructure and data management are all obstacles to raising this figure.
The UPSIM project addresses these issues through four innovations in simulation governance:
1. Modelling and simulation reference processes and a metric for determining the Digital Twin Readiness Level.
2. Collaboration patterns for efficient Digital Twin development.
3. AI-enriched Hybrid Simulations for simulation reality convergence.
4. Infrastructure for the ‘chained’ identification of Credible Digital Twin simulation artefacts.
UPSIM’s key outcomes are standardisation for simulation quality assurance and democratisation for enabling broadly use of simulation. On a technical level, the project will ensure simulation reliability for both analysts and non-experts, aiming for 15-25% better test coverage and a similar percentage reduction in remaining defects. The commercial advantages of this improved productivity are clear: 35-55% fewer costs in defect removal and a 20-25% improvement in time-to-market.
Gaia-X 4 Product Lifecycle Across Automated Driving
Gaia-X represents the next generation of data infrastructure: an open, transparent, and secure digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated, and shared in an environment of trust.
SETLabs is involved in the “Gaia-X 4 Product Lifecycle Across Automated Driving” that is developing an open, decentralized data ecosystem according to Gaia-X standards. It enables the product development, production and after sales of automated driving functions, based on digital twins.
Today, many small and medium-sized enterprises repeatedly build individual interfaces for data exchange and interoperability solutions with each individual customer. This is tedious and costs money. With Gaia-X, common data-exchange mechanisms will be made available that obey to the common needs of trust.
The technological architecture of Gaia-X is used to address the following requirements:
> Interoperability of data and services: Exchange information and use exchanged information in mutually beneficial ways.
> Portability of data and services: Data is described in a standardized protocol that enables transfer and processing.
> Sovereignty over data: Participants retain absolute control over what happens to their data
> Security and trust: Gaia-X puts security technology at its core to protect every Participant and system of the Gaia-X ecosystem security by design)
Gaia-X 4 Product Lifecycle Across Automated Driving is developing an open, decentralized data ecosystem according to Gaia-X standards to enable the product development, production and after sales of Automated Driving functions, based on Digital Twins. The development will be made along two use cases: A Level 3 Automated Driving function and a sensor used within Automated Driving functions. SETLabs is focusing on collaborative System Simulation of Automated Driving using the decentralized data ecosystem and
> Considers the complete track from data to simulation
> Provides different data nodes to connect to the data ecosystem (highway testing field, test vehicle, driving simulator, system simulation environment)
> Integrates traceability and certification mechanisms for system simulation artifacts and provide simulation centred continuous integration methods, developed in the UPSIM project.
Gaia-X represents the next generation data infrastructure ecosystem based on the values of openness, transparency, sovereignty, and interoperability, to enable trust. The architecture of Gaia-X is based on the principle of decentralization where many individual data owners and technology players adopt a common standard of rules and control mechanisms the Gaia-X standard.
Today, more than 310 organizations and companies are members of Gaia-X (about 50% SMEs), they originate from different domains like mobility, energy, manufacturing, finance, agriculture, aerospace, public services, healthcare and more…