SAS and Cosmo Tech develop digital twin for supply chain operators

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Analytics and AI provider SAS has partnered with Cosmo Tech, a creator of complex simulation and digital twin supply chain technology, to build a hybrid -powered digital twin solution that helps connect demand planning and forecasting with production and inventory planning to create more resilient end-to-end supply chains.

“For supply chain managers, it’s difficult to predict the impact of a decision, a disruption, or an unexpected event on the entire organisation,” said Hugues de Bantel, co-founder and CEO of Cosmo Tech.

“SAS and Cosmo Tech’s combined technologies let customers understand in real time not only how organisations are performing but how they will perform even in situations they’ve never experienced before.”

The partnership will use analytics with a hybrid digital twin simulation to to model potential responses to unplanned supply chain incidents

The partners’ joint solution involves the running of SAS Viya and the Cosmo Tech 360 Simulation Platform. The new solution will help build flexibility back into an organisation by analysing the data flowing off devices such as RFID tags, production lines and vehicle telematics. The partners will focus initially on supply chains for manufacturing, consumer goods and retail, but the benefits of simulation digital twins apply to many vertical industries from healthcare to financial services.

Dan Mitchell, SAS global director of retail & CPG, said the global crisis reveals how delicate the optimised, consolidated supply chain is. He continued: “Looking back on the last couple of years, we can see all the things we thought were inefficient before – multiple distribution centres, carriers and routes – were actually investments in resilience.

“Consumer goods manufacturers typically rely on just a few analysts and planners to create a multitude of forecasts. Using intelligent automation with machine learning like digital twins allows companies to automate complex tasks so analysts are freed up for more critical work.”

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