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You’ve heard of the industrial revolution of the 1700s & 1800s, and now you’re witnessing the birth of another industrial revolution that hopes to revolutionize manufacturing as we know it. Intending to drive operational efficiencies and establish a more centralized and automated world, the Top Industrial IoT Applications hopes to create an impact bigger and better than the revolutions before it.
Driving The Industry Forward
The mission of the Industrial Internet of things(IoT) is to not offer a cloud platform to track industrial performance but to change the business landscape as we know it by incorporating a system that not only reduces production timelines but also helps products reach a larger, more diverse market. With its all-encompassing nature, the IIOT offers a wide array of building blocks that hold the potential to bring about innovation that can transform the way businesses design, build and maintain their products & the relationships they establish with customers.
The Game Changers – Industrial IoT Applications
All this sounds pretty great but it begs the questions, “how realistic are the visions that IIOT has set out for the world of manufacturing?”
With the intertwining of robotics with AI, manufacturing businesses potentially focus us on autonomous vehicles becoming part of the everyday grind on factory floors. Through their usage, not only can the speed and accuracy of routine operations Improves, but greater coordination could lead to better task performance and more predictability.
By improving aspects related to transportation, handling, and also offering cost-decreasing opportunities, these IoT inventions can lead to greater profits and better use of manpower and resources on the factory work floor.
Keeping a check – machine utilization
Imagine investing millions into state-of-the-art equipment, only to find out that it has been unable to prove its efficiency in the workspace due to its underutilization. IoT architecture understands this problem and offers a wide array of services to track machine use and gather valuable data on efficiency.
Connecting tools, not humans
Ask a production worker what their most prized possession is and they’ll tell you it’s their operation tools. Now, ask them what is it that they’re most likely to lose or misplace daily? They’ll tell you it’s their operation tools.
By incorporating a system of interconnectivity, IoT offers production plants the opportunity to chart territories for operator tools and also give them the ability to be tracked/located within seconds. With “intelligent” tools, production workers not only have access to tools at any given point but also ensure that the “operation” that they’re performing with these very tools completes to its fullest. In simpler words, it helps them understand whether the bolts that they tightened using a particular tool are fix to most optimally or if there was space for improvement.
Intending to improve operator productivity, scale product quality, and eliminating costs, IIOT offers a solution like none other.
Asset-tracking sensors, real-time updates, and motion/temperature-specific information; all offerings of the IIOT. By intertwining these with a range of connectivity options from low-power, wide-area cellular to noncellular mediums, IoT has helped manufacturing industries streamline the tracking process and improve performance capabilities to a great extent.
Not only on the production end but also for managers, with the inclusion of an easy-to-use dashboard interface and the adaptation of smartphone/laptop-based tracking, the IoT has provided the opportunity to maintain a complete overview of logistics and production.
Keeping your workers safe!
You’ve seen people buy Fitbit and smart-watches to track their fitness, and now that very technology is being adopted in industrial environments to ensure worker safety. Through the usage of sensors that have interconnections, the environmental conditions of workers are accountable along with real-time tracking of their temperature, pulse rate, and respiration rate.
Audi, the German carmakers are one of the first industry giants to use these aids for workers to track their health status when interacting with heavy materials. With the potential of creating a hazard-free environment and offering workers a less risky environment, this is an application that many can get behind.
Who’s Using It?
Companies such as Siemens and Caterpillar have jumped on board the IoT revolution with each utilizing an application that suits their particular needs. The former introduced a cloud-based IoT unit that monitors various factory-based components and analyzes them to provide accurate results. The latter so uses augmented reality to relay basic instructions to workers and also operate a certain set of machinery.
Airbus has introduced the Factory of the Future to better structure operations and improve production capacity going forward. With smart glasses/tools to assist employee communication and infrastructure development, Airbus hopes to be the first major manufacturer to use IoT to its full potential.
Get On Board!
It’s obvious that the future is the IIOT; with manufacturing companies recognizing the massive potential, they hold for industries. Whether it’s improvements in productions, reduced costs, or better employee safety, there is no shying away from the fact that IIOT is the way to go!