For the vast majority of our history, manufacturing processes have been handled by workers. The emergence of the Industrial Revolution changed all that by transforming the way we perceive efficiency and introducing machines into the mix, driving greater yields and standardizing production.
The arrival of Industry 4.0 represents a new turning point in the world of manufacturing – one where interconnected, intelligent systems and devices are tasked with reducing our workload levels while greatly increasing reliability and product quality.
The Internet of Things allows for the creation of autonomous networks that let manufacturers know how best to improve operational efficiency while remaining as cost- and time-efficient as possible.
In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the most important ways IoT can improve manufacturing processes.
When thinking about the most obvious benefits of setting up IoT networks in manufacturing operations, predictive capabilities have to be at the top of the list. The Internet of Things allows organizations to receive real-time information about assets and production processes, instead of having to rely on historical data.
IoT sensors can track all kinds of parameters and let users know it’s time to replace a certain component, regulate temperature or react to machine failures before they even happen. This enables manufacturers to greatly reduce downtime and save the amount of resources needed to perform repairs or maintenance.
Increased energy efficiency
Nearly three quarters of companies in the US obtain energy consumption data from their monthly utility bills, which means estimating the inefficiencies of specific manufacturing processes is next to impossible. With IoT sensors tracking parameters of every individual device, it’s much easier to make the proper adjustments and boost performance at just the right time.
Granular visibility across manufacturing operations is thus achieved and users can have increasingly insightful data about energy consumption on every level. Using real-time information from IoT-powered networks, organizations can uncover hidden inefficiencies with pinpoint accuracy.
Better QA and product quality
Technology implemented in the form of interconnected networks is gradually making manufacturers’ lives easier.
Advanced information systems are beginning to play a crucial role in business processes such as planning, resource and equipment management.
With IoT sensors and machines which communicate with each other and the user, organizations can have a proactive approach to solving Quality Assurance challenges. For example, cameras can scan and compare certain product specifications to any given parameter, and instantly let you know if something is off by even a little. Testing processes are also improved, detecting hidden failures that could potentially destroy your company’s reputation.
IoT is continuously increasing overall levels of product safety, performance, and durability and improving the processes behind them.
The Internet of Things is a tool meant to provide highly precise information about products, production plants, networks and systems on demand. With its incredible real-time capabilities, users are never in the dark when determining what the best course of action should be.
Making important, performance-driven decisions becomes a lot easier when your organization is equipped with crucial nuggets of information about what’s about to happen, how to improve product quality or enhance operational excellence.
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