5 Ways IoT is Revolutionizing the Manufacturing Industry

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5 Ways IoT is Revolutionizing the Manufacturing Industry

The IIoT revolution is changing the way of companies around the world for doing business, helping them to work smarter and achieve better outcomes than ever before. IIoT is one of the driving forces behind the Industry 4.0 movement, as it will enable enhanced automation, data collection, and analytics, in addition to optimizing workflows and processes. With the intelligence enabled by IoT, devices can be programmed to work in unison to produce outputs on an assembly line. It can collect data on the status of the environment and equipment that allows fail-safes and smart technologies to be put in place that allow for proactive maintenance or automated recovery after failures.

The Power   of Prediction

While talking about the benefits of the IIoT, we must include how it can dramatically enhance operating efficiencies. If a machine goes down, for example, connected sensors can automatically pinpoint where the issue is occurring and trigger a service request. Perhaps more importantly, the IIoT can also help a manufacturer predict when a machine will likely breakdown or enter a dangerous operating condition before it ever happens. Various sensors analyze the sound frequencies, vibrations, and temperature of an any given machine, and tell its working condition. This condition monitoring – a very time-intensive process for humans can be done in almost no time by IIoT. By using sensors to collect and quickly analyze data points in the cloud, predictions become easier.

Production   Flow Monitoring

IoT in the manufacturing industry can help to monitor production lines starting from the refining process to the packaging of final products. This almost real-time complete monitoring process provides scope to recommend adjustments in operations for better management of operational cost. Besides, this sticky monitoring spots lag in production and eliminate wastes and unnecessary work in progress inventory.

Plant   Safety and Security

We might have noticed plenty of accidents on the plant and which are not safe for workers. To improve workers’ safety and security in the plant IIoT can help when combined with big data. We can achieve this by monitoring the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of health and safety, like the number of injuries and illness rates, near-misses, short- and long-term absences, vehicle incidents and property damage or loss during daily operations. This effective data monitoring ensures better safety of workers.

Quality   Control

During various stages of the product cycle, IoT sensors collect aggregated product data and other third-party syndicated data. This data relates to the composition of raw materials used, temperature and working environment, waste, and the impact of transportation on the final products. Further, if we used this in the final product, the IoT device can provide data about the customer sentiments on using the product. All of this information can later be analyzed to identify and correct quality issues.

Digital / Connected   Factory

IoT enabled machinery can transmit operational information to the partners like original equipment manufacturers and field engineers. It will facilitate operation managers and factory heads to remotely manage the factory units and take advantage of process automation and optimization. Along with this, a digitally connected system will establish a better line of commands and help identify key result areas (KRAs) for managers.

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