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29th October 2020
Online via Zoom

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Put the kettle on and join CENSIS for a catch up over a virtual coffee and connect with other companies, researchers and stakeholders working in the same space.

Led by CENSIS Business Development Manager Cade Wells, this week’s coffee break will look at augmented reality and digital twins.

The format

The coffee break takes place online using Zoom. There’s no charge and participants can join using audio or video. Numbers are capped at a level that allows everyone to take part on the day. If you sign up, we strongly encourage you to join the conversation either to give us your thoughts, discuss examples of what’s happening in the sector, or ask questions.

The subject

Augmented reality can be used to visualise data, overlaying information over an environment through a headset, while digital twins are virtual replicas of physical devices, used to run simulations before things are built or new processes are deployed.

Digital twins are already transforming some manufacturing processes, offering new ways to optimise condition monitoring, reduce costs, schedule downtime and enable the creation of connected products. Opportunities for AR and digital twins also outside of manufacturing too, e.g., city planners could create virtual cityscapes or transport networks, or city officials could use existing data to within augmented reality apps to create and ‘engage with’ hypothetical situations.

This chat will explore how insights gained from these technologies can help optimise and automate processes, and improve business outcomes.

Discussion points might include

  • Quality management, condition monitoring and optimising maintenance
  • Product development, design or redesign, modelling how product customisation can affect processes
  • System or process planning, e.g., modelling systems for the introduction of new equipment
  • Logistics planning to optimise supply chains


Please visit Eventbrite to register for this event. The Zoom link will be issued by email before the event begins.

Our virtual coffees are very popular and we often have a waiting list, so if you sign up but can’t make it on the day, please let us know so we can release your place to someone else.