Alfa Laval to use digital twin technology as it expands separator capacity

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Alfa Laval will use advanced digital twin technology when the company expands and automates production capacity of separators at its facility in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

The technology will facilitate operations development and reduce the ramp-up time of production.

Alfa Laval will use Real Digital Twin (RDT) technology from AFRY, an international engineering, design and advisory company. The technology, which is based on Siemens software, produces a digital twin of the manufacturing process and its machineries and enables simulation and functional testing of the process lines before the actual production expansion. The benefits are shorter installation and ramp-up time and optimized production.

“By using the advanced twin technology, we can accelerate our work towards a more digital and automated production which is well in line with our Industry 4.0 strategy,” said Mikael Tydén, president of Alfa Laval’s Operations Division.

The RDT technology will also be used to simulate and verify production changes and optimizations. Alfa Laval says that this will make operations development safer and more cost-efficient.