Cogs in a factory - How is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) transforming manufacturing

#1 The role of the Internet of Things in changing the face of the manufacturing industry

By @mehul_sap2004

The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed how many industries operate; from healthcare and transportation to agriculture and retail, the IoT has enabled things to run smoother.

A massive transformation in the manufacturing sector has also given way to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), resulting in the digitisation of the industry. Machines have become smarter, with embedded sensors, switches, and intelligent systems, and operations have advanced because of this.

Manufacturers embracing the IIoT can access vital data that gives real-time insights into the industry that we have not been able to obtain before. These insights are enhancing production efficiency and allowing manufacturers to offer optimum quality assurance.

Read the article to learn more about how the IIoT is transforming manufacturing and how this, combined with automation and data exchange, is making factories smarter. You can also watch the video here to see how IBM Watson IoT is helping to transform the manufacturing industry.

 

#2 For Industrial IoT success, look beyond your factory walls

By @egehlers

One of the most signification challenges for manufacturers looking to create a connected, smart factory, is where to start the project and understanding the essentials to make it a success.

As a conservative industry, it’s important that IIoT and Industry 4.0 initiatives do not disrupt current operations as “science projects” are not well received on the factory floor. Plus, with a constraint on resources, manufacturers often need help from someone who understands digital capabilities to make the project a success. This is where service providers like you can help.

Read the post to see understand the common areas that you could help manufacturers with, when it comes to creating smart factories, including solution design and deployment.

 

#3 Industry 4.0 is an evolution, not a revolution

By @TomCanning

IIoT is often depicted as a replacement of legacy technology, but the real value of the technology lies in incremental smart upgrades and improvements, rather than a rip-and-replace overhaul strategy. For IIoT adoption to increase and it’s potential to be truly realised, organisations need to follow a path of smart, systematic evolution, not revolution, to optimise their existing assets and build an IIoT-powered enterprise.

Read the article to discover the three fundamental guidelines that your manufacturing clients need to follow to embark on a successful IIoT journey.

 

#4 The most important benefits and challenges of Industrial IoT

By @IoTForAll

Adopting IIoT solutions benefits organisations, allowing them to be more efficient, achieve cost-savings and easily maintain processes. But equally, they come with some challenges too. In the table below, you can see the benefits vs. challenges discussed in this article:

Benefits Challenges
  • Machine sensors can be used to increase the effectiveness of facility management
  • Reduced risk of inventory management errors
  • Key performance indicators of health and safety can be used ensure better workplace conditions
  • Real-time data makes it easier to track supplies and identify operational bottlenecks
  • Smart meters allow consumption to be monitored to achieve cost-savings
  • IoT devices can lead to new security vulnerabilities
  • The lack of protocol standardisation makes it difficult to ensure interoperability
  • There is a high-cost involved in implementing IoT solutions

It’s clear that the number of benefits outweighs challenges, and as a service provider, you can help manufacturers overcome some of the challenges by offering security and IoT solutions as a service.

Read the post for more detail on the benefits and challenges, and view the blog here for more information on becoming an IoT managed service provider.

 

#5 The future is brighter than ever for IIoT innovation

By @Marcolini_John

IIoT technologies are being adopted to enable smart cities and utilities, across a range of industries, not just manufacturing. In fact, smart city technology is expected to hit $80 billion USD globally this year, and $135 billion USD by 2021, according to a recent IDC report.

This upsurge in IIoT technologies means that innovators need to prepare for mass adoption of their solutions, and network operators need to ensure t network architecture is durable and secure to handle devices at scale.

Read the post to learn more about the growth of IIoT and the steps developers and network operators must take to ensure more businesses can implement the technologies.

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