The industrial internet of things, or IIoT, is defined as “machines, computers and people enabling intelligent industrial operations using advanced data analytics for transformational business outcomes”. We are now in the middle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 where smart, connected devices and technologies are transforming how products and equipment are designed, manufactured, maintained and ultimately used.
The application of IoT (the Internet of Things) in the manufacturing industry is called the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This already has revolutionized manufacturing by leveraging much greater amounts of data, at far greater speeds, to drive productivity and efficiency to another level.
How does IIoT work?
IIoT is part of the larger concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT). This network of intelligent devices, machines, computers and objects increases automation in many industries by collecting and sharing huge amounts of data with end users – thus improving operational efficiency, productivity, and time and cost savings. These insights help drive smarter and faster decision making while providing valuable insights in real-time.
Evolve with IIoT:
Monitor your factory floor equipment in real time by using sensors and advanced analytics to predict needed maintenance and reduce unplanned downtime. Intelligent devices can predict when a machine is about to fail and this allows you to better plan for maintenance. For example, a machine on your floor may be sensitive to temperature, velocity or pressure changes. So when these changes occur, this could indicate potential failure and the device would essential “predict” this before any unplanned downtime occurs.
Collect telemetry data from multiple remote devices and control them. Simply imagine your assets having eyes and ears and communicating this back to your dashboard, allowing you to respond to current conditions quickly. For example, a cooling system installed on your clients’ premises can be fully managed through your dashboard. Create automated processes and responses with the ability to schedule, reconfigure and delete devices in your cooling system all through the power of the cloud.
A more tailored and engaging customer experience
The interaction between your company and your customers at every stage of product development, from initial research to sales, can bring invaluable insights to your organization and improve your customers’ experience overall. Through all these touchpoints, data can be analyzed to drive action tailored to the different customer needs and preferences. Also, through historical analysis, future product innovations can be leveraged to offer better-designed products and services.
Improve field service
Sensor data out in the field can greatly save you time and money and increase efficiency before potential issues become a major problem. This data ensures that the right field service technicians and tools are dispatched at the right time while optimizing and automating your scheduling process. Field service had always started with a plan that, in reality, was never realized due to unforeseeable factors and delays that were out of their control. IIoT ensures increased schedule accuracy and delivery – leading to increased productivity and customer satisfaction.
Reducing production costs and eliminating inefficiencies are some of the benefits of transforming your business with the industrial internet of things. There are a number of moving parts that encompass IIoT, but getting started does not have to be complicated. Incorporating the right technology can turn data into valuable insights that help you make more informed business decisions and achieve success in the digital age of manufacturing.
Explore more about intelligent manufacturing with IIoT and learn how the technology of today can support an end-to-end approach that drives new business opportunities and revenues for your organization.