Digital Twins as enabler for future safety automation

Achieving exible and efficient production processes requires exible and failsafe automation components and tools. Recently, digital twin approaches came up as a perfect substitution of the real industrial components and systems. Such a simulation-based approach aims to support testing, maintaining, and commissioning of automation systems before they are deployed in the real industrial environment. This way customers could test all specific quality requirements (such as functional safety). In the context of safety-critical systems, there are additional technical challenges that should be considered such as:

  • Can a digital twin be used to evaluate and certify safety attributes of a component or installed automation system in required/typical application environments and scenarios?
  • To what extent digital twins can be utilized to support customers?

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Student Target Groups:

  • Students in ICE/Telematics and Comp. Science.

Thesis Type:

  • Master Project / Student Assistant.

Required Prior Knowledge:

  • Interests in functional safety
  • Interests in industrial automation systems
  • Experience in Simulations and modeling

Goals and Tasks:

  • Define and develop a digital twin for safety loop (input-process-output) and provide a prototype to validate the concept.
  • Get familiar with SIEMENS SIMATIC failsafe family (especially failsafe I/O modules) as well as SIMIT tool for simulations.
  • Analyse and collect state-of-the-art for Digital twin for safety applications.
  • Programming skills


  • As soon as possible