According to Gartner, the smart machine era is undoubtedly the most disruptive one in the history of IT (Information Technology). From smart homes to smart manufacturing, industrial IoT (Internet of Things) has helped many enterprises in building a smart future for themselves. This sensor driven IoT technology has enabled these industries to face the challenges more smartly in their digital journey.
So how do we define IIoT? Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in very simple words is defined as a smart machine infrastructure that is connected through the Internet and other embedded systems to help in the process of machine control and cloud analytics.
This definition leads us to think about the factors responsible for the birth of IIoT and its journey so far.The Journey of IIoT – Birth to Present
The journey of IIoT has not been easy. Many organizations were sceptical about implementing this solution in their daily operations because they were not aware of the advantages it would provide. With time it got accepted by many industries and helped them in analyzing long-term ROI (Return on Investment) and the total ownership cost.
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The diagram above clearly reflects the way IIoT has revolutionized the manufacturing sector. Through the points now we can understand the benefits better.
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The diagram shows the estimates as to how IIoT has revolutionized the field of manufacture and how it would enhance the industry in years to come. The points mentioned below would help organizations understand better how they can use this solution to revolutionize their daily work.
Smart machineries have the ability to transfer information related to operations to original equipment managers and field engineers which helps them in process automation and optimization as well as remotely managing the factory units.Facility Management
The use of IIoT based sensors has enabled condition-maintenance alerts in the manufacturing sector. These sensors are equipped with monitoring the machines actively and send an alert when they deviate from their prescribed parameters which helps in increasing the operational efficiency and conserving energy among other tasks.Monitoring Production Flow
IIoT has enabled the manufacturing industry to monitor the production line right from the process it begins till the final packaging. This has helped them in better management of the cost of operations.Cross-facility Operations Analysis
IIoT has helped the manufacturing industry in collecting and transferring data from multiple equipment and types of machinery which has benefited them in making better decisions related to quality control, operational efficiency, etc.More Automation Solutions
IIoT in very simple words is machines talking to each other without any form of human interference. The manufacturing sector has used this automated solution in drones to create more efficient and higher quality and consistent products.Quality Control
IIoT enabled sensors in tools and assembly line machines have helped the manufacturing industry to detect defects faster before their products reach consumers.Supply Chain Management
IIoT has led to the creation of connected factories and product tracking faster across the supply chain. This has resulted in better management of the inventory.Security
IIoT has led to a smart connection between machines and the infrastructure inside a plant floor to a secure network to improve cybersecurity across a manufacturing firm. The industry performs a thorough assessment to identify security threats and ways to prevent them.
These, however, are not the only benefits provided by IIoT. There are a wide array of advantages this solution provides and the future looks very bright for this solution. Let us observe how.Future of IIoT
IIoT integrates technologies like machine learning, big data and machine to machine communication that is basically defined as the communication between machines using a wired or wireless channel. The machines in IIoT are connected through a communication software to collect, analyze and exchange information amongst themselves without any form of human interference. This would lead to reduced manpower and lower operational costs. Another factor that would lead to its popularity is the revolution in cloud technology. This revolution would lead to easier accessibility, unlimited storage and efficient processing of data stored in the system of the machines.
Summarizing the benefits IIoT provides to the manufacturing industry along with the future it holds, it is a much-recommended solution. Using highly efficient sensors this solution will expand its growth in the market in the coming years. IIoT would also help in preventing safety hazards by identifying the issues leading to it.
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