The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a revolutionary concept that has an enormous transformational potential to open doors of competitiveness and economic growth. It is transforming the way industrial organizations collect the data and implement communication channels on the factory floor. With a vast quantity of data in hand, organizations have now shifted their focus to using the big data to produce actionable insights. Industrial Automation is one industry which is ahead of most other industries in the readiness for Industrial IoT. If we look at the deployment of basic infrastructure for implementation of Industrial IoT, Industrial Automation is at an advantage. With already over a billion connected devices deployed, other industries are still at the stage of maturity.
What Benefits does IIoT offers in Automated Setting?
IIoT is neither a short-term investment strategy nor a solution to immediate problems in your manufacturing facility. Rather, it allows for continuous improvement by empowering organizations to solve new problems as they arise – compounding the investment with passing time.
- Predictive analytics help businesses cut costs on machine maintenance and plan it effectively to reduce downtime and increase mean time between failures (MTBF). Machine failures can be avoided, thanks to predictive maintenance.
- Seamless communication between machines and components is ensured with the help of interconnectivity. Better efficiency is achieved by allowing for more automated machine performance and streamlined manual process. Using IIoT technologies eliminates the need for technicians to constantly check each production line and leave the workstation.
- Plant managers have an increased visibility into the operational status of machines. With the ability to remotely monitor machine components and identify system problems, problems can be resolved in minimal time making automation process streamlined and efficient. It also provides historical data which can be used to track machine uptime, production volume and help make informed decisions in the future.
- IIoT allows factories and manufacturing units to access and leverage the data in a more meaningful way when compared to other digital technologies.
Challenges faced by Automation Industry
An area where industrial automation lags behind other industries, is in the gathering and usage of the data. Most of the information that could be useful is not gathered from the end device. Data not consumed at the field or process level is also not collected and sent up the network in most cases. If the data is not to be used, there is no reason to gather it.
For global companies, harnessing the true potential of IIoT requires communication with devices located at very large distances, which is really difficult. The amount of time required to traverse the message across the network is one serious area which needs to be considered.
The Bottom Line
The Industrial IoT will change the way industrial automation systems function in the coming future. Industrial IoT provided valuable data which can be used to improve production and operational efficiency. Industrial units need to figure out ways to utilize this data to the fullest and be IIoT ready.