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Digital Twin for Maintenance Management

The speaker was Prof. Luca Fumagalli (Politecnico di Milano) with a very interesting presentation topic: Digital twin for maintenance management and its application in teaching.

The speech is the beginning of a series of guest lectures at Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as part of the IDUB teaching grant entitled "Modernization and internationalization of the teaching offer of the GPEM specialty - innovative teaching methods using Industry 4.0 technologies". (link to presentation »)

Digital twins are virtual replicas of physical assets, systems, or processes. In maintenance management, they enable predictive maintenance, real-time monitoring, data-driven decisions, and simulation. They improve maintenance efficiency, reduce downtime, enhance safety, and support remote monitoring and training. Digital twins revolutionize how assets are managed and maintained, shifting from reactive to proactive strategies. Providers of software solutions are pushing this technology as part of Industry 4.0. In certain industry it is already adopted as evolution of simulation solutions. 

From the research perspective the effort is to study this technology to shape its proper use and to maximize the impact of it in the engineering activities.
The presentation will consider the point of view of the role of universities in trying to design Digital Twin courses of engineering careers. The focus will be based on the experience of Politecnico di Milano, Manufacturing Group research team that already delivered Digital Twin courses in Europe and South America both for university students and company practitioners.


Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano. PhD in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, 2010.

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Research focus

Production management, industrial services and in particular maintenance management, with a specific concern on modern technologies.