IIoT: Transforming the Manufacturing Processes Beyond Recognition

IIoT: Transforming the Manufacturing Processes Beyond Recognition

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, July 01, 2019

IIoT is replacing the conventional linear manufacturing supply chain with the current dynamic, interconnected systems.

FREMONT, CA: Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly finding practical use cases and is entering into the realm of devices present around us. According to a report, 79 percent of U.S. consumers interact with at least one connected device at home. However, the roots of the technology can be traced back to the zone of industrial manufacturing.

Laced with network sensors and intelligent devices, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is transforming the manufacturing processes beyond recognition. The IIoT applications range from collecting data to drive artificial intelligence (AI) for predictive analysis to interconnecting the devices for an efficient system and better communication. IIoT is replacing the conventional linear manufacturing supply chain with the current dynamic, interconnected systems, and creating a safer environment for human operators. Further, it cuts down costs that result from redundant and overheads due to human negligence or due to lack of communication. In larger organizations, they can save millions of dollars. Here are some of the ways that give IIoT a clear edge against the conventional systems:

Forecast Capabilities against Disruptions

In the case of disruptions in embedded IIoT machines, sensors can trigger the service request to the concerned engineer along with the details regarding the issue. IIoT-powered devices can also provide the messages to the remote engineers suggesting them to immediately go to the location to repair or intimate another engineer near the asset.

Improved Safety Assurance

Apart from saving a significant amount of time and money, IIoT also upgrades the safety level of the workplace. For instance, in case of an oil well, which is nearing a dangerous pressure condition, operations will be notified in advance based on the vibration analysis and the nature of the sensors. In the case of emergency evacuations, sensors can play a crucial role in managing and monitoring the worker’s location.

Manufacturing Industry-Specific Applications

Here are some of the examples to highlight how companies are practically leveraging IIoT technology:

•  Infrared thermography has enabled the engineers to see through the electrical systems, building applications, mechanical equipment, and fluid systems with the help of thermovision.

•  AR-enabled smart helmets are providing the engineers with 4D images of the assets within their facilities that prompt them with instruction while also supplying them a mapping of all asset functionality.

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