Smart Manufacturing

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Smart Manufacturing

The industrial internet of things promises to be pivotal to the next industrial revolution in manufacturing. How? By harnessing all the power that digital technology offers through artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning.

Still very much in its infancy, IoT solutions are already providing manufacturers in every sector with unprecedented opportunities to automate even their most complex processes on an industrial scale.

The market potential is enormous, with the global IoT market growing to $457 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 28.7%, according to Forbes.

Much of the benefits of this next wave will depend on how thoughtfully manufacturers implement IoT solutions, and this will require the very best, state-of-the-art network and data infrastructure. This, in turn, will allow the machinery to fully utilize all the operational information required to optimize supply chains and other lines of command.

Converging legacy systems with IoT

The sheer volume of data being generated by IoT devices (including sensors, gateways and analytics tools) has the potential to overwhelm traditional network infrastructures and manufacturing plants that were never built with digital networking in mind, let alone data dissemination on a massive scale.

Gateways, or the links between legacy systems and the IoT ecosystem, are vital for bringing those older systems into line with the most advanced IoT manufacturing equipment, and they will become increasingly essential for integrating protocols for storage, analytics and security.

Another pivotal part of this infrastructure is IoT sensors that allow critical machine tools to function within temperature and vibration ranges by actively monitoring them. These sensors are vital for alerting managers when the equipment deviates from its prescribed parameters, or there are abnormal lags in production and weaknesses in supply chains.

These sensors can disseminate vast amounts of production data, helping manufacturers conserve energy, eliminate waste and downtime, and maximize operational efficiency.

The main types of IoT manufacturing sensors are:

  • Temperature sensors that can integrate thermal monitoring with high accuracy and low power.
  • Wave sensors that can accurately sense range, angle and speed.
  • Magnetic sensors that can be used for position and spatial sensing.

Partnerships are critical

Manufacturers will still have to work with the most experienced technology partners, developers and enterprise vendors to enable smart industrial IoT solutions, and enterprise vendors are moving into the area in a big way to capitalize on the amounts of investment forecast.

Perhaps most importantly, manufacturers will need the best network integrators that can incorporate not only the gateways, sensors and data analytics tools required, but also a range of other features that may include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RFID, cloud, mobile and terminal technology, depending on the complexity of the infrastructure required.

It’s worth taking some time to find the right partners. The future of manufacturing – and of your manufacturing in particular – depends on it.

If you need assistance with upgrading your legacy systems give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 or contact us at sales@enhancedtech.com. We can help your business take the next step in harnessing the power of data.

Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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