The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry, and you’re at a disadvantage if you’re not taking advantage of it.
By 2023, there will be 50 billion connected devices worldwide – that’s twice as many as what we have today. The most significant implication of this internet transformation is that everything, and everyone, will be connected.
While augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), cloud computing, and big data are often associated with IoT, there are five foundational tenets of the IoT movement. They are:
- Autonomous services and systems
- Shared services and platforms
- Integrated systems
- Dynamic business models
- New forms of leadership
Benefits of IoT in Manufacturing
All industries are becoming connected at different levels. With the IoT, manufacturers can take advantage of greater visibility, automation, and data analysis. Here’s how IoT can help with manufacturing.
Quality control is the process of ensuring that products meet the customer’s specifications. The first step in this process is to identify potential problems before they occur. For example, if you know that your product has a defect rate of 10% and you want to reduce it to 5%, you need to identify which parts are causing defects so they can be replaced or fixed. This means collecting data from each part as it comes off a production line — this is where IoT comes into play.
IoT allows manufacturers to monitor their production lines in real time and collect data from each part as it comes off the line. This allows the company to identify which parts are causing defects before they reach customers’ hands.
Industrial IoT (IIoT) refers to the use of sensors, software, and other technologies to automate and optimize industrial operations. IIoT is not a new concept, but it’s growing in popularity among manufacturers as they look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
IIoT helps with predictive maintenance, which refers to the use of sensor data and analytics tools to detect potential equipment failures before they occur. This can reduce the time workers need to troubleshoot problems or fix issues that arise.
For example, if your factory uses sensors to monitor the temperature in different areas of the facility, you may be able to detect when one area becomes too warm or cold. This can be done before it becomes an issue for workers or production processes. You could send an alert message via email or text so that technicians can check out what’s going on before anything goes wrong.
Predictive maintenance can also help save money by reducing downtime associated with repairs.
More Operational Safety
IoT is the next wave of technology that will help bring about more operational safety in manufacturing. IoT devices can help with monitoring and automation through a combination of sensors and actuators connected to software systems. This allows for constant updates on the status of machines and equipment. It also allows for remote control over the machines. This is especially helpful for emergencies or other situations where immediate action may be needed.
When it comes to manufacturing, there are a lot of variables that can affect your bottom line. As an example, let’s take electricity usage.
The problem is that electricity meters aren’t always accurate. They can be affected by inclement weather or even the time of day (if your meter isn’t set up properly). So how are you supposed to know exactly how much energy your factory is using?
By installing IoT technology in all of your meters, you can get real-time data about how much power each machine uses. You can also get information about when it uses it, and even what kind of power it uses. This information will allow you to make better decisions about where to spend money on maintenance. It will help reduce waste by finding ways to reduce unnecessary electricity use throughout the factory.
Smart packaging uses sensors inside the package that connect to the internet and send data about the product’s condition back to the manufacturer. For example, if a package contains food or medicine, the sensors can tell if it has been opened or damaged during transit. This allows manufacturers to know what has happened to their products while they are being shipped around the world, so they can take action sooner rather than later.
Smart packaging also helps companies track inventory more easily because it allows them to monitor stock levels remotely instead of having someone physically check every shelf in every store every day. This means that they can restock shelves more accurately without wasting money on extra inventory or unexpectedly running out of stock due to inaccurate customer demand predictions.
As IoT becomes more widely used in manufacturing, many people have noticed some key benefits, such as improved processes and overall efficiency. Many companies are now looking into how to best implement IoT as part of their overall strategy to increase profits and save money. As the industry becomes better connected, more companies will be able to benefit from its use.