In the past couple of years, new large investments from large corporations have been made in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. This not only makes sense in a future perspective, but this article will try to explain why it is changing business today.
IIoT is not alone.
IIoT is contributing to the current industrial revolution. Development of new methods and procedures of driving business and production are enabled by new technologies and constant increasing pressure for optimization. Product life cycles are dramatically decreasing with the rise of new technologies, such as 3D Printing, and other fast prototyping and production methods. The end client/consumer expects of you as a company to outmatch your current product line each year with new product releases. As an established company, it can be very difficult to adapt these new technologies in the required tempo to deliver in terms of expected product development to fulfill market expectations.
IIoT is one of the new rising technologies to enable industry 4.0 – a new area within Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Industrial Internet of Things is not new, but new technologies have arrived and new technologies will be available in just a few months from now. In the past few years, we have seen manufacturers around the world who invest in Industrial Internet of Things solutions, and new initiatives to maintain profitability and accelerate the time-to-market process.
IoT, IIoT and M2M.
We have for a long time now talked about Machine-2-Machine (M2M) communications, so a good question from many people is of course: What is new with IIoT, and what is all the fuzz about?
The industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is IoT related to manufacturing and other industrial applications. While IoT often concerns many consumer products and is applied to applications, such as connecting your phone to the thermostat, then IIoT allows machines, robots, and other equipment in a production to communicate with other machines or gather all data in the cloud for analytics. The IIoT is a much more complex solution where everything is connected and depended on each other, compared to traditional M2M-communication. New technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, might even add new dimensions to the complexity. But together with this complexity comes also new opportunities for companies to harvest.
Manufacturing is undergoing a transformation these years. New technologies both within connectivity, analytics, and devices, such as sensors, enables new ways to measure in the real-world, sharing the data, and in the end, analyze and understand the data. It has historically been expensive to distribute sensors across the production to transmit the data to a meaningful place in the cloud, and in terms of the required machine power to process the data. A decrease in cost enables the historically data-burden a lot easier. Today it is possible to find the needed tools in all three areas to conduct a meaningful analysis based on meaningful data, real-time from the production. And all this is done within a reasonable price, which makes the business case great and the investment worth making.
Three examples of how IIoT is used in manufacturing today.
Here are three examples of how IIoT is used today and how it brings value.
1. Better maintenance with predictive maintenance.
Maintenance has always been a time-consuming and expensive element of running a production. The rise of new IIoT solutions enables manufacturers to increase the insight into the efficiency of the production and the machines running.
The machines in the production are often very critical, as a single breakdown can stop an entire production. As a manufacturer today, you are often forced to simply close your eyes and hope that you are lucky to catch the problem before it occurs and your production stops.
New IIoT solutions enable you to increase insight and use cloud-based analytics to look through your data. In this way, you can let the machine start checking for new trends in, for example, temperatures or vibrations, to catch a breakdown before it occurs. You can plan the maintenance period and have the needed people, equipment, and spare parts ready.
2. Keeping track of processes.
IIoT enables manufacturers to have new “eyes and ears” in the production. Different kinds of sensors will enable manufacturers to keep track on all stages in the production to thereby decrease variations and mistakes of the product. Losing track of some essential parameters in the production can be very costly.
3. Automatic documentation.
Automation of documentation, for example in the quality assurance department, saves time and furthermore reduces the risk of human error. Sensors have a great benefit, like robots – they are very good at doing the exact same procedure each time following the rules that you have programmed it to follow. Combining sensors with new technologies to collect data like Sigfox, is a great way to measure and collect data in a low-cost and intelligent way.
Four great opportunities by implementing IIoT technologies:
1. Real-time Data analysis to understand the process and the product.
2. Intelligent automation of tasks.
3. Decrease cost of maintenance
4. Increase service-level after sale
How can Sensohive help you?
Sensohive offers state-of-the-art IIoT technologies to its clients. Sensohive enables clients to take the advantage of utilizing IIoT technologies with low investments in equipment, training and setup. Sensohive provides a unique portfolio of sensors and software applications, such as the API-service to integrate sensor data easily into the client’s own software application.
Contact us today to hear more about how we bring value to our clients
Casper Harlev, CEO
Sensohive Technologies ApS