UTS has built a cloud-based digital twin for its research brewery. The digital twin helps researchers optimize their brewing process. The brewery is part of the UTS Tech Lab and international production network. It has an identical physical twin at the TU Dortmund University in Germany. The team is using deep reinforcement learning to identify bottlenecks and improve production efficiency. In this article, they describe how their research is advancing the craft of beer.
Mixed Reality Lab generates highly accurate 3D maps of indoor and outdoor environments
In order to create accurate spatial maps of indoor and outdoor research brewery environments, the company uses Matterport, a commercially-developed mapping system. The system incorporates a 3D measuring instrument and dedicated cloud-based services for the efficient production of marketing materials. The system can create both panoramic images walkthroughs and 3D models of environments. To create such high-quality maps, Matterport generates a series of images with three depth camera sensors and RGB cameras.
While the mixed reality experience is still relatively new, research into its application is gaining momentum. Mixed Reality head-mounted displays, or VR headsets, offer robust and seamless experiences, but currently available solutions aren’t optimized for outdoor environments. To address this gap, the Spatial-HCI group is porting cutting-edge techniques for geographic space to mixed reality environments. This group is also devising novel approaches to bring Mixed Reality experiences to outdoor settings.
The system uses a depth camera to measure interior and exterior environments. After measuring several stages, the system automatically produces a highly accurate 3D map of the entire building. It can also be used to generate 3D maps for mobile applications. The team found that the accuracy and detail of the indoor map was more than doubled compared to laser scanning. These results confirm the potential of the Mixed Reality Lab to generate highly accurate 3D maps of indoor and outdoor environments for research brewery applications.
Microsoft Power Platform enables every employee to expand and interact with digital twin data
Digital twins are rich, interactive models of physical and logical assets that allow companies to predict and prevent problems. The resulting digital models can be complex environments that are synchronized with the real world. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has built its digital twins on Microsoft Azure. In addition, it utilizes mixed reality over digital twins for effectiveness sharing across geographies.
Azure Digital Twins models assets and systems across your entire business, from the most complex to the simplest. Its unique capabilities enable you to explore the history of data, and find insights that help you predict future states. Azure Synapse Analytics tracks the history of digital twins and learns how to predict future states. This helps companies create shared experiences that empower employees and customers alike. Microsoft Mesh enables presence across any device, including HoloLens 2 headsets. It also enables you to interact with digital twin data across any device with low-code solutions.
AB InBev uses deep reinforcement learning to detect and automatically detect bottlenecks
In the future, technology will be used to make business decisions and manage the supply chain more efficiently. The oldest beer company in the world is embracing cutting-edge technologies to transform its business. For instance, artificial intelligence can provide unprecedented insights into sales and operations. This technology has been adopted by Anheuser-Busch InBev to improve the quality and sustainability of beer production. And, UTS is using it to help the company in its quest to improve sustainability.
The company is also integrating the Internet of Things in its operations. This project will enable data analysis and predictive analytics to help improve the quality of beer. A digital twin will be created of the company’s manufacturing facilities and ensure that each unit produces beer of the same quality. UTS will also use the technology to monitor trucks and change their routes based on inventory requirements. In addition, blockchain technology will eliminate paper shipping documents, which will lead to improved transparency. Additionally, the brewery will use an analytics platform to send personalized communications to customers and breed customer loyalty. Artificial intelligence will also help analyze data and drive marketing efforts.
The supply chain of AB InBev is massive, from sourcing raw materials to distributing pallets of beer to customers. Any disruption to this chain could disrupt the supply chain and put a damper on the company’s profitability. The company also aims to avoid over-producing their products, which would be inconvenient for their customers. By combining analytics with big data, AB InBev will be able to better match its supply with demand.
The Azure Digital Twins that UTS built for AB InBev are an excellent way to simulate changes in production and the ingredient supply chain. The digital model will be synchronized with AB InBev’s physical environment and allow brewmasters to regulate the production line based on energetic conditions. For front-line operators, this technology will provide an integrated view of quality, traceability, and uptime of packaging machines.
AB InBev uses digital twins to improve production efficiency
AB InBev uses Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins to create an entire virtual mannequin of its brewery. This synchronized digital model reflects the complex relationships between natural ingredients, brewing process, and packaging. It allows brewmasters to make adjustments to brew quality based on dynamic energy conditions. The digital mannequin also gives frontline operators a built-in view of quality, traceability information, and uptime of packaging machines.
After a successful pilot in the Dominican Republic, AB InBev is now working to scale this solution in other markets. It has already implemented the BEES platform to manage orders for over 500 brands, schedule delivery, and earn rewards. The company plans to launch a marketplace with third-party manufacturers and develop alternative payment methods for partners. Once it is up and running, it will begin to make a difference in how beer is brewed.
AB InBev has been using AI and big data technologies to vet companies before acquiring them. It has even developed a tool called BrewRight that analyzes financial transactions of target companies. In addition to digital twin technology, the brewing company has installed sensors across its production lines. This allows them to improve production efficiency. Another example is the company’s use of cloud computing to automate beer distribution. This cloud-based system allows AB InBev to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 50 percent.
Besides AB InBev’s use of cloud-based digital twins to increase production efficiency, the largest brewer in the world also has a strong investment in augmented reality. Its digital twins, powered by Microsoft Azure, use mixed reality over physical models to foster effective sharing across geographies. AB InBev’s implementation of Digital Twins has been instrumental in improving production efficiency in its brewery and other processes.
Despite the large number of locations and subsidiaries worldwide, AB InBev has been able to improve production efficiency through the use of cutting-edge technologies. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies can provide unprecedented insights about production and sales. Anheuser-Busch InBev is committed to advancing technology for the betterment of society. AB InBev has also created a Silicon Valley-based startup called Beer Garage to develop new solutions and build enterprise architecture. Through this, the company has successfully built a global analytics platform that mines data and provides recommendations to retailers. In addition to this, AB InBev uses Microsoft Azure for cloud operations, which helps internal application developers focus on business logistics.