A Six-Layer Digital Twin Architecture for a Manufacturing Cell

  • Anro Redelinghuys
  • Anton BassonEmail author
  • Karel Kruger
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 803)


Industry 4.0, cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are current focuses in automation and data exchange in manufacturing, arising from the rapid increase of capabilities in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the ubiquitous internet. A key enabler for the advances promised by CPPSs is the concept of a “digital twin”- the cyber representation of the physical twin, which in this paper is a manufacturing cell. This paper presents an architecture for such a digital twin that enables exchanging data and information between a remote emulation or simulation and the physical twin. The architecture comprises different layers, including a local data layer, an IoT Gateway layer, cloud-based databases and a layer containing emulations and simulations.


Industrie 4.0 Cyber physical systems (CPS) Internet of Things (IoT) Digital twin OPC Tecnomatix 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic EngineeringUniversity of StellenboschStellenboschSouth Africa

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