imseStudio: blockchain-enabled secure digital twin platform for service manufacturing

Xinlai Liu, Yishuo Jiang, Zicheng Wang, Ray Y. Zhong, H. H. Cheung, George Q. Huang

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Abstract

The manufacturing industry is experiencing a service-oriented transformation in the digitalisation era. However, many small and middle enterprises (SMEs) still rely on traditional manufacturing patterns in which they can hardly servitise manufacturing resources due to the limited budget and poor digitalisation capability. To servitise manufacturing resources, this paper proposes unified five-layer blockchain-enabled secure digital twin platform architecture, followed by its core enabling components and technologies. Firstly, a service-oriented digital twinning model is developed to transform physical resources into digital services. Secondly, a rule-based off-chain matching mechanism is designed to bridge customers’ orders with manufacturing services. Thirdly, service-oriented architecture (SOA) is adopted as the major methodology to design and develop the whole blockchain platform. Four blockchain frontend services are developed using React.js, whilst the blockchain backend is developed using private Ethereum blockchain and InterPlanetary File System (IPFS). Finally, an experimental case is conducted based on the 3D printing scenario to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed platform, named imseStudio. The results show that it not only provides an effective solution to digitalise manufacturing resources but also promotes the transformation towards service manufacturing. Highlights: Blockchain-enabled secure digital twin platform is developed to servitise manufacturing resources Service-oriented digital twinning model is developed to transform physical resources into digital services Rule-based off-chain matching mechanism is built to bridge customers’ orders with 3D printer Four blockchain explorers are developed to facilitate 3D printing services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3984-4003
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume61
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 3D printing service
  • Blockchain
  • digital twin
  • service manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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