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How digital twins are enhancing digital transformation in the manufacturing industry

29 February 2024

In the realm of digital transformation, one concept stands out as a game-changer for the manufacturing industry: digital twins. In this exclusive Q&A, DPA chats to Zohair Mehkri of Flex, to learn more about how the company is harnessing the potential of this technology to redefine the efficiency, innovation, and quality of its manufacturing operations.

How long have you been employing digital twins?
We've been deploying simulation and digital twins for several years. The journey has been rapid, covering a lot of ground in a short space of time.

Our segments are so diverse that we've been able to apply the technology to many different areas. As our learning curve accelerated, we deployed digital twins on product and market segments that were very different from one another. We’re now at the point where we can directly apply best practices from one segment to another.

So, where do digital twins fit in? 
When you think about the manufacturing process, there are a lot of different capabilities that must be expertly coordinated, including the design, materials, logistics, supply chain and manufacturing, to ensure efficiency, scale, and consistent high quality. 

The product life cycle naturally begins with design: materials selection, prototyping, testing, certification, etc. That process can be done by our customer, or in collaboration with our specialist design centres. Once the design and material selection steps are final, digital twins help us to configure the entire manufacturing process and all the discrete processes within it.

Read the full article in DPA's March issue

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