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Europe Looks to Virtual Factories in New Industrial Revolution

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The idea is to harness techniques such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain technology to create models of whole manufacturing processes and pinpoint where improvements can be made.

The virtual factory concept is gaining ground in Europe.

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The European Union (EU) is funding the Digital Intelligent MOdular FACtories (DIMOFAC) project to advance the concept of virtual factories or digital twins throughout Europe.

The project aims to tap technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain to simulate manufacturing processes and pinpoint areas of factories for improvement.

Its "Plug and Produce" system connects real machines with their digital twins by rendering reconfigured production lines more easily.

Consumer electronics company Philips' electric shaver factory in the Dutch town of Drachten is one of five EU facilities that will test DIMOFAC's digital-twin system next year.

From Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine (Belgium)
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