Most businesses now rely heavily on technology for most of their activities. Taking full advantage of existing technology gives them extra opportunities and new areas to explore. By drastically saving time and human effort, they are able to bridge the gap between the demand and supply and even maintain the surplus. The impact of technology is thus able to provide the customer with the very best while making a vast variety of options available to choose from using the most modern ideas. One such technology that is facilitating a big boom in all kinds of businesses is IIoT. Digitization is taking over every household and office in the world using this very technology. With technical equipment and facilities like WiFi and smart devices being readily available to every individual, connecting them together seems to be the logical next step.
IIoT has grown rapidly in the past few years and numerous establishments have embraced this technology and implemented it in their own businesses. It is not actively established in various areas of business. In order to set the pace with their competitors more and, more companies are now having to set foot in the domain of IIoT. It is thus revolutionizing various companies and completely altering their ways of business. With so much depending on this system, it is necessary to ensure that the technology is set up well and functions effectively. Many businesses are looking to develop better safety measure to ensure that this technology remains safe and cannot be attacked by threats.
IIoT stands for Industry Internet of Things, which as the name implies is a network of devices connected to each other over the internet. It is not just phones and computers that will be connected to the internet but anything and everything from big machinery to air conditioning, and even doors and windows. These ‘things’ perform actions, gather information and send this information to each other. It can be controlled remotely or on-site with a simple smartphone. With just a handful of educated executives, a very large factory can be run seamlessly for any length of time. Thus it is now transforming businesses and impacting manufacturing companies more than any other sector with its latest innovations and uses. In this article, we will see some of the top advantages of this technology but first, let us see what is IoT briefly.
- Staying connected:
Many large scale businesses face the difficulty of corresponding and contributing to the work of different factories or establishments owned by a single enterprise. Using IoT this is made very simple. The machinery can itself directly send information about raw material consumed, processes undertaken and products completed to its counterparts in other factories if programmed to do so. This helps managers at both locations gain better insights and plan efficiently.
- Efficient factory management:
The factory is run by a set of computer commands and hence is very precise in nature. With a good IoT system in place, the factory is equipped to almost run itself automatically. Alerts or updates are sent at exact times by the system to the devices of the managers concerned and can also help put a more safe factory environment with a very small chance of error. The sensors installed in strategic locations stay active at all times and provide accurate information. It helps reduce manpower and electricity immensely.
- Continuous monitoring:
As discussed earlier, sensors installed in the factory monitor the production process at all times. They do not require any breaks and hence provide better feedback than using manpower. From the very beginning of the process, until the packaging is complete, every step is recorded. This can be adjusted in real-time for better production or provide reports for careful future study. The cost of monitoring the process and wastage of resources is brought down and progress is sustained.
- Storage and shipping:
By keeping a close eye on the production process, the amount of raw materials consumed is tabbed. The amount of finished products that are being stored or shipped is also regularly monitored. By providing these reports an effective inventory system is established. If there is any discrepancy it is brought to the notice of the managers immediately. It helps the managers come up with accurate predictions on their requirements and production capabilities. They can also collaborate with other businesses to estimate the arrival of material and work progress in other factories. If the process involves a chain of processes, they can be automated and integrated with each other.
- Safety measures:
Every factory requires safety measures and IoT takes this aspect very seriously. Using automated processes, human errors are completely eliminated. In addition, the use of data analytics can help identify weaknesses or possible threats in the future for the factory. By bringing a large amount of data about previous incidents at various locations around the world, IoT can effectively prevent numerous accidents or damage to property and life. As there are real-time monitoring facilities constantly in play, there is no lag in the carrying out of safety measures if any issue arises.
With accuracy in production, comes the quality of the product. As your IoT sensors are programmed to implement such accuracy and catch even small variations of composition, temperature or even wastage, the final products are all identical and similar to the target set. By providing the system with user feedback as well, it can further improve the product to achieve higher benchmarks of perfection.
Last but not least, IoT can play a significant role in the packaging of products at a factory. Depending on data collected about the usage of the products by customers, characteristics of shipping and the future processes that the product must undergo, the IoT system can help manufacturers create more appropriate packaging. The IoT system can also place sensors with the products, travel with it and track the changes that the product undergoes while on transit. By studying the environment, weather conditions and product status, the system can come up
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Using IIoT manufacturers and industrialists from large scale to small scale have taken initiatives to implement IIoT in their establishments. It can help them to effectively manage complex processes as well as automate many of them. With in-built systems to track progress, diagnose and send regular reports, it helps managers pinpoint errors or plan future operations. With more and more money being invested in this area, it is quite worthwhile to take a look at how IIoT can help manufacturing companies.