For beginners or those unfamiliar with the terms, the Internet of Things(IoT) can be interpreted as the interconnection via the internet of computing devices implanted in everyday objects, allowing them to send and receive data. The IIoT is an interconnection of intelligent computers, tools, and objects that accumulate data from the factory floor and share it. Information can be sent to anyone after alerts are generated based on predefined parameters. IIoT can make a plant more effective through predictive analysis, real-time monitoring, mobile alerts, and notifications.
The following 5 factors are driving more companies to implement IIoT-enabled solutions in their plant.
• Lower hardware costs
Lower hardware prices have had a meaningful impact on the IIoT, primarily because of mass production. The need for many sensors and various hardware devices made a significant installation on a larger scale cost-prohibitive. The tricky part is concluding which types of sensors you require and where to implement.
• Universal Internet Connectivity
Universal internet connectivity has made the introduction to information simple, quick and relatively economical. Standing anywhere in the world, one can access the corporate network. The value this access and adaptability to view information leads to the factory floor is unbelievable.
• More IoT-ready Devices and Sensors
Daily more IoT-ready devices and sensors are coming to the market. These include sensors to measure pressure, current, temperature, location, velocity, etc. They communicate with different types of Ethernet, wireless and Bluetooth protocols. Employees will always presume these devices/interfaces to provide the same functionality as their individually owned smartphones and tablets as there are also hundreds of brands or variations of each.
• Low-Cost Analytic Tools
Software analytic accessories are now accessible at little or no cost from various sensor manufacturers. They provide plenty of potential value. Utilizing these devices where data is accessible from various sensors operating together, it is possible to create algorithms to predict and observe real-time scenarios and take corrective actions nearly instantaneously.
• Economical cloud-native services
Interconnected hardware devices and access to data via cloud-based services have significantly changed manufacturing’s utilization and justification of IIoT technology. Cheaper cloud-based services combined with real-time data open up all kinds of probabilities.