Automatically to the Digital Twin

The digital twin is the foundation of digitization in mechanical engineering. The understanding and recognition of the tremendous potential for this is increasingly growing within companies.

The digital twin is the digital image of a machine from the real world. In the Transaction-Network environment, three types of Digital Twin play a role: the Asset Twin, the Product Twin, and the Line Twin.

The asset twins and its advantages

The first and simplest manifestation of the twin is the so-called asset twin. By this we mean the pure, digital representation of the machine as-built. Colloquially, one likes to speak of the so-called data twin or information twin.

With such an information twin, different use cases are possible. One of the best known is the digital nameplate. Via a QR code on the machine, the mobile device accesses all information of the Asset-Twin. This information is available in our asset management. This immediate access to the current information saves considerable time and money, as it also eliminates significant printing and logistics costs. Your ecological footprint is significantly increased.

The digital twin in our
Asset Management Network

With our Asset Management Network, we are part of an ecosystem. Within this, the individual, interconnected Digital Twins then work together along the end customer’s production line. By bringing assets and production together, we can accelerate innovation, plan requirements with accuracy and foresight, and help with decision-making.

Our ecosystem and the network of our Digital Twins thus enable a more customer-centric collaboration between machine builders, the operator, suppliers and other connected ventures.

All project participants can therefore call up, process and change data in real time. The digital twin reduces the effort required for information management and for structuring organizational processes. This corresponds to a significant time saving for your company. This makes the exchange of information more centralized and direct, simplifying the use of the data obtained. In addition, the information obtained through the Digital Twin is used for planning future performance behavior and systems. This simplified exchange of information between internal and external project participants corresponds to an increase in flexibility.

How we support you

Save printing costs by providing digital information

The digital twin forms the basis for digitization and the establishment of data-based services.

Complete analyses and scenarios to gain insights for the real world. Use it to validate your concepts and check processes and procedures.

Save time and optimize already in the planning phase (engineering).

Gain key insights for your decision by collaborating with all partners throughout the product lifecycle.

A digitization,
as we are striving to achieve for medium-sized industrial companies,
is only possible with the help of open standards and compliance with them across multiple systems and platforms.

Gerd Bart


For this reason, it is a matter of course for us to support and co-develop the IDTA industry standard and to help shape our future digitally.

The idea to found the IDTA was initiated by the national platform Industrie 4.0. Since the founding of the Industrie 4.0 platform in 2013, a productive ecosystem has been established on the topic. IDTA members represent a who’s who of the industry. These include both medium-sized hidden champions and well-known large companies. For more information on the IDTA, please visit:

We use the AAS (Asset Administration Shell) as the technological basis. With the AAS, the IDTA is developing a standard for the Digital Twin and thus providing a technological basis for the Digital Twin across all users and manufacturers. The AAS provides the necessary semantic description and the structure allows modular extension and thus large scaling possibilities.

IDTA focuses its engagement on five core issues:

  • Open technology development and thus public provision of the fundamentally secured development status of the administration shell (AAS Basic) for further development and consolidation of R&D projects in a consistent overall framework.
  • Integration of submodels and information models based on interoperability technologies such as AutomationML, ECLASS, OPC UA or STEP.
  • Quality management of the implementation by developing test requirements, building test capabilities, creating reference implementations, and establishing frameworks for further certification processes.
  • Training on the Industrial Digital Twin and the asset administration shell through the content development of advanced training and education activities to demonstrate the economic added value in practice and to give industrial users an impulse to launch their own projects.
  • Marketing to increase visibility through the creation of publications, explainer videos, congresses and conferences.


The digital twin forms the basis for digitization and the establishment of data-based services.

Major added value is created for the machine manufacturer: reduction of service costs, strengthening of customer loyalty, higher sales and knowledge management.

We are certain that digitization of the kind we are striving for in the industrial SME sector is only possible with the help of open standards and compliance with these across multiple systems and platforms. One such standard is the AAS of the IDTA.