Bosch Pioneers Quantum Digital Twin Initiative

Manufacturer collaborates with Multiverse Computing on manufacturing optimization
Berenice Baker

July 27, 2022

A graphical illustration of digital twinning
Bosch and Multiverse are collaborating on a quantum digital twin project.Getty

Bosch plans to introduce quantum-computing powered digital twin technology at its automotive electronics plant in Madrid.

The company is partnering with quantum computing specialist Multiverse Computing to implement quantum-based optimization algorithms at the facility, which manufactures electronics components for global OEMs.

The Multiverse software is to use data captured from the manufacturing process to assess the performance of individual equipment. It will also examine production processes to enhance quality control and improve overall efficiencies, including energy and waste management.

“The collaboration with Multiverse is focused on improving the productivity and competitiveness of our factory by researching the use of quantum and quantum-inspired machine learning tools, aligned with our global smart factory strategy,” said Carlos Conde, Bosch technical vice president at the Madrid facility.

“We have a great expectation about the results of the algorithm development using our big

data and about to spread this knowledge within Bosch.”

The first phase involves the development and implementation of customized quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms. The companies expect results later this year after they will decide whether to implement them in a production environment across Bosch manufacturing.

“We are excited to team with Bosch to take their connected factory strategy to the quantum level,” said Multiverse Computing CEO Enrique Lizaso Olmos.

“This is one of the first applications of quantum computing with a digital twin. We believe it will provide a whole new level of insight and advantage to Bosch’s manufacturing operations.”

Bosch is introducing Industry 4.0 technology, including digital twins and internet of things products across 240 of its plants, involving 120,000 connected machines and more than 250,000 devices.

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