Gruppo Cimbali optimises R&D with digital twin

Coffee machine manufacturer Gruppo Cimbali is collaborating with tech company Altair to establishing a digital twin-driven development process. Cimbali says this will put data, simulation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the core of its innovation efforts.

“Our commitment to always deliver the best products has made innovation a key element in our philosophy,” says Maurizio Tursini, Chief Products and Technologies Officer at Gruppo Cimbali.

“The continuous investments in research and development of high-performance machines, and the Group’s efforts to fully embrace digital transformation brought into existence the digital twin project with Altair.”

Altair provides solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI). Its platform blends physics- and data-driven twins to support optimisation throughout the lifecycle of Gruppo Cimbali coffee machines. This holistic simulation approach reduces the need for physical tests, shortens time-to-market, and increases the energy efficiency of the machines.

As products become increasingly complex, connected, and smarter, and the industrial equipment market more demanding, development processes must evolve to include machine learning (ML). Gruppo Cimbali has a long tradition of including cutting-edge technologies in its operations and has fully embraced the digital transformation of its development processes by utilizing digital twins – powered by Altair Activate – to take the company’s connected coffee machines to the next level.

“As an organisation whose technologies blend simulation with artificial intelligence and HPC, we are excited to be part of Gruppo Cimbali’s digital transformation,” says James Scapa, Founder and CEO of Altair.

“Our goal is to help our customers become increasingly more innovative by allowing them to make better decisions faster and create world-class products. As the world of product development evolves, going beyond mechanical, thermodynamics, and aesthetics, taking a holistic development approach utilising Altair’s electronics and system design capabilities will help Gruppo Cimbali propel its product innovations to new heights.”

On 14 April 2021, Altair will host its virtual ATCx Industrial Machinery event featuring a virtual coffee break with Gruppo Cimbali.

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