Altair and Gruppo Cimbali Use Digital Twin to Boost Barista Business

Digital twin supports convergence of data and simulation for optimized product performance and increased efficiency.

Digital twin supports convergence of data and simulation for optimized product performance and increased efficiency.

Image courtesy of Gruppo Cimbali.


Altair is collaborating with Gruppo Cimbali, one of Italy’s industrial coffee machine manufacturers, to put data, simulation and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the core of its efforts by establishing a digital twin-driven development process. Altair’s platform blends physics- and data-driven twins to support optimization throughout the lifecycle of Gruppo Cimbali coffee machines. This holistic simulation approach reduces the need for physical tests, shortens time to market and increases the energy efficiency of the machines. 

Gruppo Cimbali has a tradition of including technologies in its operations and has embraced the digital transformation of its development processes by using digital twins—powered by Altair Activate—to take the company’s connected coffee machines to the next level. 

“As an organization whose technologies blend simulation with artificial intelligence and HPC, we are excited to be part of Gruppo Cimbali’s digital transformation,” says James Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “As the world of product development evolves, going beyond mechanical, thermodynamics, and aesthetics, taking a holistic development approach utilizing Altair’s electronics and system design capabilities will help Gruppo Cimbali propel its product innovations to new heights.”

“The continuous investments in research and development of high-performance machines, and the Group’s efforts to fully embrace digital transformation brought into existence the digital twin project with Altair,” says Maurizio Tursini, chief productsand technologies officer, Gruppo Cimbali Spa.

Gruppo Cimbali is one of the first companies in the sector to expand into telemetry and offer management, display and data representation systems for Wi-Fi-connected machines. The traditional, fully automatic professional espresso coffee machines are created based on IoT functionalities, where information about each drink crafted is added to a database along with insights about drink quality to ultimately improve daily management.

On April 14, 2021, Altair will host its virtual ATCx Industrial Machinery event.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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