Here are Some Key Potentials of IoT in Manufacturing Industry
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Here are Some Key Potentials of IoT in Manufacturing Industry

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, September 23, 2019

IoT in ManufacturingBy leveraging current and future 5G network technologies, IoT platforms, cloud, and big data solutions, companies can provide innovative services. Alongside, businesses can also increase efficiency, competitiveness for smart manufacturing, quality control, and maintenance.

FREMONT, CA: Manufacturers, in the present day, are seeking efficiencies in production, and the aptitude to deliver a broader mix of tailored products to their consumers. Producers know that staying competitive will need production lines and operational processes to be integrated and adaptable. The requirement will enable fast configuration changes and reduce lead times without compromising an inch on quality or safety.

The transformation in industrial manufacturing goes beyond embedding sensors that supply information about machine status or supply levels. The ultimate goal is a production system that runs itself, manufactures products in batches of one, and makes the industry vastly efficient and cost-effective.

The mobile Internet of Things (IoT) involves a way of connecting physical things like sensors, to the internet by having them utilize the same mobile networks as smartphones. To invest in cellular IoT and create smart factories is a huge responsibility, but it is necessary to drive a scalable Industry 4.0. So, why does one have to introduce IoT into factories? Mobile IoT is passing new milestones each day to becoming the technology of choice for local area IoT applications.

Smart manufacturing is a prime component of the broader thrust towards Industry 4.0 and relies on the creation of a bridge between physical and digital settings through IoT technologies. The technology is coupled with enhancements to the digital environments through greater use of data analytics, cloud systems, and machine learning.

The number of connected devices exponentially mounting corresponds to the digitalization of a factory’s vital ingredients that includes equipment, vehicles, assets, and processes. Early adopters are not waiting around for five years for IoT to change their business; in fact, many are already using 4G. The companies are leveraging mobile connectivity across all assets in their factories today to achieve smart manufacturing with security, reliability, and mobility.

 

Nevertheless, 5G will be the catalyst for ascending the smart factory. Most manufacturers have bet big on the IoT and 5G delivering high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and reliable communication. The producers want to realize how responsible is their consumption and production in the factories with the use of the connecting technologies.

Increased connectivity enables cloud robotics, sensors, centralized tracking of goods, automated factory floors, and remote quality inspection solutions. The network has the potential to connect all factories and the third-party partners who are forming an ecosystem of smart manufacturing centers across the world. Extending the power of networking beyond conventional operators will hearten new industries to participate in the mobile network. Therefore, the adopters have the chance to study best practices from operators while also piloting new uses that add innovation and novelty into their production processes. Furthermore, it is the novelty on the smart factory floor that has the potential to produce innumerable manufacturing use cases around automation, monitoring, and location.

By using mobile connectivity to capitalize on data collection, both future and current customers can gain actionable insights. A few samples of use cases that are expected to emerge from advanced workflow processes inside production centers are Assembly control, automation, and cloud-based applications of robot controllers, traffic management, workforce safety, and asset management, workforce efficiency, and environmental compliance. These use cases can also help point to the significance of collaboration within Industry 4.0.

One partnership between a networking and telecommunication company and a global leader in delivering advanced industrial automation solutions serves as an illustration of the power of combined experience in the connectivity ecosystem. The kind of acquisition enables the development of technological infrastructures for communication networks. The application can be applied directly to industrial plants that will increase security, speed, and ease of use.

The combination of 5G Technology and IoT, along with automated manufacturing systems, will prove the benefits of advanced IoT solutions for manufacturing automation. By leveraging current and future 5G network technologies, IoT platforms, cloud, and big data solutions, companies can enable innovative services. Alongside, businesses can also increase efficiency, and competitiveness for smart manufacturing, quality control, and maintenance.

Enterprises can also establish active research and innovation ecosystem with mobile connectivity collaborations. Besides, service providers, customers, and other stakeholders can also join forces to enhance ideas and share resources. Shared knowledge and transparency around lessons learned from device or equipment data like assets, vehicles, public services, and individual workers will benefit companies, investors, employees, and global citizens.

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