Digital transformation is a must for every industry, including aerospace. These are FINN’s highlights from this week’s Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester.

The summit’s opening panel discussion addressed the head-on challenges of delivering Britain’s fourth industrial revolution, and it isn’t all about robots and digital.

For a show focused on digitising the manufacturing process, there was a lot of talk about skills and people. It’s critical that the industry develops good talent throughout organisations to embrace the future – because it’s coming fast.

Where to start?

Industry 4.0 technology, including 3d printing and augmented and virtual reality, are being adopted across aerospace and defence as a way of reducing development time and increasing productivity.

We talked to the companies making it happen.

Key messages from the experts were: don’t digitise for digitisation’s sake; “start at the end” and understand what the challenges and goals are first.

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