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What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a computerised version of a physical asset, data from sensors in the real world can be inputted in to the twin to create simulations - image courtesy of APS
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 and 4IR are terms that are becoming commonplace in manufacturing. Now that these terms are accepted, a new wave of technical turns of phrase have been born.

The smart technologies set to change manufacturing

Various types of manufacturing in action that utilise smart technologies. Microsoft email header image - image courtesy of APS
Smart technologies are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in our day to day lives. From smartphones to smart homes, the dramatic increase in power and sophistication of technology is opening up new technological frontiers and promising endless possibilities for the development of many different industries, particularly manufacturing.

The Apprenticeship Levy: it can work for everyone

Stock Image Apprentice Skills Training Workers Apprenticeship Levy
The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April, obliges firms with wage bills in excess of £3m to pay 0.5% of that bill towards funding the creation of three-million new apprenticeships. It is not a popular measure, but Kate Maddison-Greenwell believes that if fully embraced, it can be beneficial for all.

Top five manufacturing myths busted

An effective Industrial Strategy must be comprehensive, be based on a genuine understanding of the needs of industry and be long term.
A national understanding and appreciation of all things manufacturing will never happen while widely-held and wholly incorrect perceptions of what industry looks like persist. Jonny Williamson busts the top five manufacturing myths.