Future-proof the development of your products and services

Digital R&D

Digitalization of product development

UNITY has always supported its customers with expertise and experience to ensure that their product development is consistently state-of-the-art. One of the major topics for the future in this area is the Industrial Metaverse. This is a virtual working environment in which the product or complex scenarios, e.g., that consist of the product and production environment, can be experienced and simulated virtually at an early stage as a digital twin.

UNITY supports its customers in opening up the world of the Industrial Metaverse. Together, we develop the necessary prerequisites -- from topics such as IT development to the establishment of the required R&D capabilities. In doing so, we also rely on our extensive expertise and experience in the areas of digital twin, systems engineering (SE) and product lifecycle management (PLM):

This is how we enable our customers to design Digital Twins. They provide the opportunity to simulate and optimize the development, production and maintenance of products in a virtual environment. Operational data from the plant can be collected and used for new business models. 

Systems Engineering has proven itself as an integrative methodology for the design, development and management of complex systems in many industries. It can be used to make the industrial metaverse even more model-based and data-integrated. 

In terms of Product Lifecycle Management, we also ensure that all product-related data and information along the end-to-end process are available to the entire ecosystem via a company-wide PLM backbone and data spaces – from the idea to the sustainable reuse of the product.

We help you to find the right way to get started: Identifying the most valuable use cases for your company, quickly implementing MVPs in a network with partners and continuously expanding your capabilities. This allows you to conserve your resources and achieve resilient results.

Consulting Services for Digital R&D

Fit for the products of the future

The established business models of many companies are facing a shift towards product and service combinations: Product development is becoming system development. The goal is to plan the life cycle of a customer-oriented service, secure the business case and implement it together with partners. Networking and mastering the new interfaces are major challenges for established processes and organizations. Close cooperation between teams in the areas of development, design, production, service and marketing is necessary in order to create innovative and competitive products for the future.

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The enabler of tomorrow's business

With a 360-degree perspective on products, processes, organization and IT, we lead your PLM projects to success. Our supplier-neutral role guarantees you independence and objectivity. Based on your corporate strategy and goals, we successfully set up your Product Lifecycle Management for the future. Together with you, we develop your PLM strategy, evaluate your PLM systems, support you in the selection and introduction of PLM systems and qualify your PLM team. We also advise you on additional topics such as digital business models and the Digital Twin in the development, production and operational phases.

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The digital replica of a physical object

Digital twins are virtual models of physical systems. They enable companies to use data and insights over the entire life cycle to optimize the efficiency, quality and reliability of their products and processes. UNITY sees three main application areas for Digital Twins.  

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Project Stories in Digital R&D

  • Development of Future Scenarios
  • Process analysis for an integrated view of the DMU equipment process
  • Successful Technology Strategy Delivers Comfort in the Cabin Area
  • Graduated scheme to establish an integrated Systems Engineering approach
  • Uniformly defined product development process
  • Systems Engineering Quick Check
  • Systems Engineering Certification Training
  • Innovative sewing and assistance system
  • Systems Engineering Training & Coaching
  • Systems Engineering Training Program
  • Efficiency Increase in Development Projects
  • Reduced project duration by restructuring the R&D Department
  • Products and the R&D organization positioned for the future
  • Systems Engineering Certification Training
  • Worldwide PDM System Replacement
  • External Project Management and Coaching for PLM Implementation

Insights into Digital R&D

Your contacts for Digital R&D

Dr.-Ing. Jens Standke

Principal, Head of PLM & Digital Twin

Cologne, Germany
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Dr.-Ing. Daniel Steffen

Partner, Head of R&D & Systems Engineering

Paderborn, Germany
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Philipp Wibbing

Executive Board Member

Paderborn, Germany
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