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

| Altair | 3 min | ENG | 01 maart 2021 15:50
Afbeelding: System simulation results from Altair Activate feed the digital twin | Copyright: Altair / Gruppo Cimbali
Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI) is collaborating with Gruppo Cimbali, one of Italy’s leading industrial coffee machine manufacturers, to put data, simulation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the core of its innovation 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.

As products become increasingly complex, connected, and smarter, and the industrial equipment market more demanding, development processes must evolve to include machine learning (ML). Gruppo Cimbali has a long tradition of including cutting-edge technologies in its operations and has fully embraced the digital transformation of its development processes by utilizing 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,” said James Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “Our goal is to help our customers become increasingly more innovative by allowing them to make better decisions faster and create world-class products. 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.”

“Our commitment to always deliver the best products has made innovation a key element in our philosophy,” said Maurizio Tursini, chief products and technologies officer, Gruppo Cimbali Spa. “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.”

Gruppo Cimbali is one of the first companies in the sector to expand into telemetry and offer innovative management, display, and data representation systems for WiFi-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.

Gruppo Cimbali’s high technology and innovation standards will support the R&D and engineering teams in their quest to develop the best coffee equipment with the goal to optimize performance and energy efficiency, all while reducing development time and physical prototypes.

On April 14, 2021 Altair will host its virtual ATCx Industrial Machinery event featuring a virtual coffee break with Gruppo Cimbali. To learn more and to register, visit our event website at:

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