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Ansys Twin Builder

Create and Deploy Digital Twin Models

Ansys Twin Builder is an open solution that allows engineers to create simulation-based digital twins–digital representations of assets with real-world or virtual sensor inputs.

Build, Validate and Deploy Simulation-Based Digital Twins with Ansys

Build, Validate and Deploy Simulation-Based Digital Twins

An analytics-driven, simulation-based digital twin is a connected, virtual replica of an in-service physical asset — in the form of an integrated multidomain system simulation —that mirrors the life and experience of the asset. Hybrid digital twins enable system design and optimization and predictive maintenance, and they optimize industrial asset management. By implementing Ansys Twin Builder, you can improve top-line revenue, manage bottom-line costs and both gain and retain a competitive advantage.


Quick Specs

Ansys Twin Builder enables you to quickly create a digital twin–a connected replica of an in-service asset. This allows for enhanced lifecycle management and true predictive maintenance, saving costs to help maintain a competitive advantage.

  • Build Your Twin
  • Digital Twin Runtime Capabilities
  • Validate Your Twin
  • Deploy Your Twin

July 2021

What's New

Ansys Twin Builder 2021R2 delivers powerful features in Twin Deployer,  new capabilities for Reduced-Order Models (ROM) technology, integration into Rockwell Studio 5000 and Microsoft Azure as well as extended support for PTC ThingWorx and new capabilities for Modelica Librarie.

Modelica Workflow Enhancements

Modelica Workflow Enhancements

Ansys Twin Builder makes easier to extend existing models & templates, includes support for the export on Win32 platform binaries (FMU) and workflow enhancements in cloning model & package creation. 

ROMs & ROM Viewer Enhancements

ROMs & ROM Viewer Enhancements

Static ROM Builder now supports field as input parameter. User can now add point probes to geometry for custom output and get an easier access to all ROMs in one easy place with the new ROM ribbon and gallery functionality. 

Export, Deployment & Digital Twins

Export, Deployment & Digital Twins

Build your dedicated library in Twin Deployer to easily reuse and manage your most common components. Inspect 3D visualizations during simulation with the ROM Visualization generation capability. 

New support for partner platforms Microsoft Azure Digital Twins and Rockwell Studio 5000 for twin export and Linux support for PTC ThingWorx. 

Fail-Safe Digital Twin

Using digital twins to predict failures in advance.

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Phoenix Contact Electronics engineers used ANSYS software to develop a digital twin of its safety relays that will integrate real-time sensor data with simulation results to predict failures in advance.

Configurable safety relays are implemented in factory automation to help prevent injuries and equipment damage by cutting off electrical power in response to sensor data. When a relay fails, production must be halted for repairs, meaning downtime often costing many thousands of dollars. The normal alternative is to change relays on a schedule that occurs well before actual failure.

Using ANSYS Twin Builder, engineers at industrial electronics manufacturer Phoenix Contact Electronics have developed reduced-order models to help determine a relay’s usable lifetime. This advanced modeling takes into account difficult-to-observe factors that affect longevity, such as a relay’s armature rotation angle and contact bounce time. The system has been validated on a demonstrator relay, and this solution is now being integrated into relays used in real-world applications. 

Applications

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Battery Management Systems

Ansys offers an integrated solution for battery management system (BMS) design and development that allows for risk-free virtual testing.

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Vehicle Powertrain Simulation Software

Integrate highly complex, electric vehicle and hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains and their subsystems and components with Ansys simulation software.

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Case Studies

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Unlocking the Value of Digital Twins with Ansys Twin Builder

This infographic details the amount of time and money you can save, along with new revenue streams you can generate, using Ansys Twin Builder.

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Digital Twins: Making the Vision Achievable

Learn about Ansys' best-in-class solution for creating, validating, and deploying digital twins in this white paper.

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Managing Large-Scale Battery Systems

Battery management systems (BMS) are essential components that leverage embedded software for real-time monitoring and control of rechargeable batteries in complex applications.

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Digital Twin Prevents Drain on Battery Pack Simulation Time

See how working with Ansys tools such as Twin Builder can reduce the amount of time battery pack and thermal management simulation takes.

Ansys Twin Builder creates connected, virtual replicas of an in-service physical asset

Ansys Twin Builder is a uniquely open solution that allows engineers to create digital twins–connected, virtual replicas of in-service physical assets. Digital twins enable true predictive maintenance, allowing for cost savings, and the proactive optimization of an asset’s operation. Ansys Twin Builder lets you build, validate and deploy the twin, potentially cutting the time required to create an accurate product model in half. Once deployed, users can expect a 25% increase in product performance, and maintenance cost savings of up to 20% over the product’s lifetime.

 

Key Features

Ansys Twin Builder features a wide range of capabilities for modeling and simulation of in-service assets.

  • Multidomain Systems Modeler
  • Extensive 0D Application-Specific Libraries
  • Third-party Tool Integration
  • Reduced Order Models (ROMs)
  • Embedded Software Integration
  • Multidomain Systems Solver with Integrated Post-Processing
  • Rapid HMI Prototyping
  • System Optimization Tools
  • XIL Integration
  • IIoT Connectivity and Twin Verification and Validation (V&V)
  • Twin Deployer

Create hierarchical schematics of complex power electronic circuits and multidomain systems. Model with standard languages and exchange formats.

Twin Builder models are easily parameterized to replicate physical component behavior. They include analog and power electronics components; control blocks and sensors; mechanical components; hydraulic components; digital and logic blocks; application-specific libraries for aerospace electrical networks, electric vehicles and power systems; and characterized manufacturers' components. Twin Builder supports the Modelica Standard Library and Modelica libraries offered by Modelon AB, including libraries for hydraulics, pneumatics, liquid cooling, heat exchangers and thermal power.

With over 100 tools now officially supporting FMI model export and cosimulation, including GT-SUITE, CarSim, Amesim and Dymola, full-system models can be assembled in Twin Builder to take advantage of its high-performing solvers and links with Ansys 3D physics. Additional interfaces allow the direct integration of C/C++ code and MathWorks Simulink models. Twin Builder models can also be exported for use in FMI-compliant environments.

Twin Builder uses ROMs produced from Ansys structural, fluids, electromagnetics and semiconductor products to model mechanical assemblies; electromagnetic actuators and machines; circuit and cable parasitics; thermal networks; and signal integrity. 3D ROMs can be created in Workbench and imported into Twin Builder. ROMs can also be imported from a variety of third-party tools, such as optiSLang. Co-simulation with 3D physics solvers preserves the full accuracy of FEA and CFD for modeling fluid components and flow networks, rigid and flexible-body mechanical assemblies, and electric machines and actuators. Get an easier access to all ROMs in one easy place with the ROM ribbon and gallery.

Tight coupling with Ansys SCADE Suite and SCADE Display permits interactive monitoring and debugging during software execution. Custom code and third- party controls can be incorporated into a Twin Builder system model through standard interfaces (e.g., FMI) or a robust API.

With adaptive time-step controls and sophisticated solver synchronization capabilities, Twin Builder performs efficient and accurate simulation of continuous-time, discrete-time and analog/mixed-signal behaviors. Twin Builder simulations can be executed on high-performance compute resources, and multi-run analyses can be executed in parallel to increase simulation throughout.

This enables you to create interactive panels using predefined widgets (buttons, sliders, etc.) to interact with the application under test. It empowers model simulation. Early requirements validation is made possible through a variety of features.

Twin Builder provides a full environment for testing system behavior, allowing basic simulation experiments to be performed in the steady-state, time and frequency domains.

Twin Builder provides links with popular embedded control design tools, including the Ansys SCADE tool suite and MathWorks Simulink.

Twin Builder's built-in APIs provide seamless connection to Microsoft® Azure® IoT, Microsoft Azure Digital Twins , PTC ThingWorx®, SAP Predictive Asset Insights, Rockwell Automation Emulate 3D and  Rockwell Studio 5000. Twin Builder can also connect to all other IIoT platforms, including homegrown varieties, allowing you to perform predictive maintenance on your physical asset. You can also easily deploy digital twins with Ansys Twin Deployer. Twin Deployer helps you significantly reduce deployment time by performing V&V on twins, and easily deploying the twin using cloud, edge or offline computing resources. Twin Builder also supports generating images from deployed twins.

TWIN BUILDER RESOURCES & EVENTS

Featured Events & Webinars

On Demand Webinar
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Harnessing the Power of The Twin Builder Fluid Power Library to Quickly Build Systems Models and Digital Twins

Learn about the ANSYS Twin Builder Fluid Power Library for industrial applications from drills and gearboxes to automotive suspension systems and aircraft landing gear.

On Demand Webinar
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Building Digital Twins with an End-to-End Workflow

This webinar spotlights how Ansys Twin Builder’s unique workflow helps you build, validate and deploy simulation-based digital twins with a real-world industrial application.

Webinar Series
Digital Twins Webinar Series

Digital Twins Webinar Series

Build, Validate and Deploy Simulation-Based Digital Twins

During these 60-minute sessions, our experts will demonstrate the power of Ansys Twin Builder to Build, Validate and Deploy Simulation-Based Digital Twins in various Industries and Applications.


Case Studies

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Unlocking the Value of Digital Twins with Ansys Twin Builder - Infographic

This infographic details the amount of time and money you can save, along with new revenue streams you can generate, using Ansys Twin Builder.

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Ansys Wins Prestigious Industrial Internet of Things Award

Fourth annual Internet of Things Breakthrough Awards recognizes Ansys’ digital twin simulation solution.

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Creating a Digital Twin for a Pump

Technologies now make it possible to integrate simulation with products as they exist and operate in the real world. This enables companies to optimize operations and maintenance, as well as further accelerate the new-product development process.

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Digital Twin Prevents Drain on Battery Pack Simulation Time

See how working with Ansys tools such as Twin Builder can reduce the amount of time battery pack and thermal management simulation takes.

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How to Create a Digital Twin

Learn how Ozen Engineering used Ansys Twin Builder to create a digital twin of the Golden Gate Bridge.


White Papers & Articles

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edge computing: New Support for Digital Twins

As edge computing and other emerging technologies continue to increase the global adoption of digital twins, Ansys can help customers make the right choices as they embark on the digital twin journey. 


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