Review on the Application of Industry 4.0 Digital Twin Technology to the Quality Management

4차 산업혁명 디지털 트윈 기술의 품질경영 적용 연구

  • Quan, Ying (Department of Healthcare Management, School of Management, KyungHee University) ;
  • Park, Sangchan (Department of Healthcare Management, School of Management, KyungHee University)
  • ;
  • 박상찬 (경희대학교 경영대학 의료경영대학원)
  • Received : 2017.10.23
  • Accepted : 2017.11.13
  • Published : 2017.12.31


Purpose: Authors observe the digital twin enabled smart factory and/or digital manufacturing processes where Industry 4.0 technologies and quality management principles intersect. In this regard, this study reviews existing research regarding digital twins from the perspective of quality management. Methods: Initially, attention was given to how digital twins are manifested in the Industry 4.0 environment. Then, authors identify quality management elements amongst digital twin models, to align the concept of quality with the functional purpose of digital twins. After introducing specific examples of quality management tools applied to digital twins, the authors extend the domain of quality management into the analysis of multimedia format quality data obtained through machine vision. Results: Inspired by cases on the quality management application to digital twins, the authors suggest a framework for Industry 4.0 quality management. The envisioned suggested framework encompasses 4 dimensions, namely, 4M&1E, an application time window, new methodologies, and enabling technologies. Conclusion: Finally, the authors unfold the emerging trend of digital twin enabled smart factories, while emphasizing the necessity of quality management in conjunction with the introduction of digital twins.



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