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INDUSTRY News


Digital twin is a complex yet necessary setup for any


company wanting a successful future, says research the help of IIoT dashboards and near real-time reporting,” said Ryan Martin, Research Director, ABI Research. “The biggest changes in the last 12 months include pandemic response uplift alongside new requirements such as increased factory and shop floor automation, greater data transparency, real-time planning and change management, and better worker augmentation and remote support.” ABI Research estimates average global adoption of digital twins will reach 34.9% by 2026, supporting more than 10 million frontline workers in manufacturing. The US currently leads in both the adoption of digital twins and in products manufactured using digital twins. However, China has the potential to overtake the US in terms of products manufactured using digital


Manufacturers need a range of capabilities to successfully use digital twins, including CAD modelling, connectivity, cloud computing, IIoT software platforms, remote monitoring, hardware for shop-floor workers (tablets, AR glasses), physics- based simulation, machine learning and systems integration. So states latest research by global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, which establishes that digital twin is not a technology, but a composition of solutions for bridging the physical and digital worlds. The company states the industrial digital twin market is maturing, and forecasts it to grow from $3.5bn this year to $33.9bn in 2030 at a CAGR of 29%. “Digital twins are no longer a niche concept but becoming mainstream with


twins by 2024 under current conditions. “Many vendors provide a few of the core products and services for digital twins very well, but few provide a customisable end-to-end solution,” said Martin. “Some that provide the most complete solutions include Dassault Systèmes, Hitachi Vantara, PTC and Siemens. Others with a prominent position are Ansys, Autodesk, GE Digital and Microsoft, due to their work on standards through organisations like the Digital Twin Consortium (DTC).” There is rising interest in solutions that can be deployed and configured versus built from the ground up. “Eventually, this will lead to the rise of standards and model libraries/digital- twin marketplaces that will ease the process,” said Martin.


Harnessing the infl uence of business to fi ght climate change


Post lockdowns, small- and medium- sized businesses (SMBs) need to play their part in helping the UK achieve net-zero emissions. However, a report carried out by a coalition of top business groups, energy networks and expert bodies reported that many don’t know how they can cut their carbon emissions, are unsure where to start, don’t know where they can get help and have no time to research the subject properly. Yet, SMBs need such a strategy to be fi nancially viable. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy, which means they have a critical role in ensuring we meet our net- zero target. In order to help us get there, they need to be able to understand what net zero means, along with clear guidance from trustworthy partners,” said Miranda Barker, CEO of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.


By 2050, the UK aims to get to zero emissions. There are a number of schemes involved in helping both the public and industries achieve this. For example, in order to encourage people to move to electric vehicles (EVs), the government off ers subsidised EV charger installation. The research commissioned by the


6 June 2021 | Automation


Zero Carbon Business Partnership coalition (‘Small businesses advice on net zero: discovery phase’) is the fi rst coalition of this magnitude working together to support small businesses in their journey to hitting the zero-emissions target. Other bodies part of the coalition are the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Make UK, Electricity North West, Northern Powergrid, and Western Power Distribution. The fi ndings of the report have called for an advice service targeted towards SMB needs, since they account for more than 99% of UK businesses, create 60% of jobs and contribute to half of the emissions in business. The impact of the environment is a major concern for SMBs with COVID-19 and growth. “The UK government’s ambition for


net zero cannot be realised without an empowered and supportive small business community. Evidence suggests that while small businesses support net-zero objectives, they do not yet understand their pathways to


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achieve this. That’s why this platform is fundamental. It’s an exciting project which will light a clear and consistent path to net zero, enabling the UK to become a powerhouse for low-carbon infrastructure, technology, goods and services,” said Allen Creedy, DEFRA Policy Unit and Vice Chair EPU UK Policy Committee.”


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