Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a subset of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. IIoT gives manufacturers the opportunity to create an “intelligent” environment that can sense, learn, and predict actions as well as interconnect with other product ecosystems. It addresses the challenges and the loopholes in the manufacturing process, thereby, resulting in the increase in the efficiency of the process without any additional plant deployments.
It merges the physical and digital worlds which results in live tracking of production data, direct communication between machines and ERP, reduced man hours and machine downtime, predictive machinery maintenance, eradication of paper work etc. It will foster intelligent machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Don’t be surprised to see complex machines interacting with high-end software and sensors without human intervention!
The Smart Factory solution, not only makes the management of manufacturing more effective, but the work itself smarter.
“The Smart Factory solution, not only makes the management of manufacturing more effective, but the work itself smarter.”
Imagine an IIoT empowered factory where,
- The raw material can itself tell the operator if it is the right product for the current manufacturing order making the process highly responsive and organized.
- Machines can itself communicate and share its production data with the ERP software thus leaving no room for manual data feeding, leading to updating of true data for analysis.
- Machines can by itself determine its condition and predict when maintenance should be performed – then automatically orders the parts needed to fix itself, or a piece of equipment that can manage its own energy consumption.
- See real time production data at any specific time which helps to improve asset utilization and achieve greater efficiency.
- Machines and systems are connected to the Internet; they can be controlled and managed from a remote operations center.
- Managers can instantly check out the status of production in their mobile phones itself and share that information and data with co-workers in other departments.
- Streams of machine data are connected to powerful analytic tools that can generate valuable insights for various functions across the company.
- Maintain event logs, time- and date-stamped lists of every event that occurred on a machine which helps troubleshoot or find the root cause of a machine problem.
Manufacturers adapting to processes with IIoT would see
- Optimized operations at lower costs
- Reduced resource consumption
- Improved productivity
- Enhanced customer service
- Efficient supply chain
- Increased production
- Increased machine up-time
- Decreasing the time the product is down for maintenance or repair and
- Access to actual performance data to drive important business decisions.
In short, they’ll see a firm handshake between physical and digital worlds which would boost their operational efficiency. These are just the tip of the iceberg of exciting opportunities promised by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).