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Industrial IoT and Smart Factories:
The Industrial Internet of Things referred to as Industry 4.0 or IIoT for short is the integration of connectivity achieved by the Internet of Things (IoT) to implement it in an industrial setting; in other words it is the process of using smart technology (smart sensors), to gather data and later store it using cloud-based analytics connected together over the infrastructure of the internet to achieve an industrial enterprise fitted with the best value added enterprise. Industrial IoT and Smart Factories.
It is common knowledge that IoT is devices that are interconnected to make collective use of various sensors in order to inform and monitor collectively to achieve an enhanced personal experienced in everyday life via aid from the internet capacities like wirelessness and cloud storage.
Similarly, IIoT is implemented on the same concepts and makes use of similar technologies as IoT to facilitate the connectivity of machines in businesses, people (both management, supervisors and workers), and data; within an industrial platform, all specifically targeted to improve and enhance the performance, efficiency and costs across the manufacturing value chain.
These include: assembly lines and there robotic arms, thermostats of freezer delivery truck, even fresh water pumps, all of those connected in order to provide and share data in order to create real time data driven decisions, this way controlling the processes of industrialization more efficiently.
IIoT technology can benefit manufacturers and consumers by displacing manual systems thus able to overcome or avoid manufacture-related difficulties , logistic dysfunctions and supply chain delays.
Implementation of IIoT to an already running enterprise is a highly efficient aspect of IIoT hence can reduce costs of operation along with guaranteeing absolute quality in a various industrial processes.
Identifying a IIoT-dependent industry:
The Industrial Internet of Things is mainly identified by its four categories, known as the 4 pillars of industry 4.0
The internet of things in itself is an idea of connection. So once there is a connection between smart devices algorithms, sensors and the operators running those sensors and algorithms, human-machine interface (HMI) is made effective. Motorization allows the operators and equipment to interact over a platform of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Which, depending on the production process can involve complete automation of batch processes, or easily controlled processes dependent on frequently made decisions of operators.
Data acquired from sensors is usually raw data, and should be normalized for effective use, which is achieved if data is broken down into understandable components for operators and supervisors. This normalization is common in IIoT because data commonly come from several sensors; in that case, for an improved HMI, data maps are created.
3. Data Analysis
Data produced by the sensors should be easily analysed by the operated machines, if data is wrongly analysed and misinterpreted, error is eminent and so is danger, safety is only achieved if data is analysed completely and correctly for machines to be able to coordinate properly, otherwise IIoT can not be of great use if Data Analysis fails.
4. Systems Automation
Once systems are Interconnected, and data from sensors is successfully normalized for operators, then easily analysed by the machines themselves, the machines of a plant should be able to run as an independent entity, HMI should be easy but otherwise greatly reduced to prevent human error. The production unit must be self-sustaining to run on its own, that way the industrial process can be categorized as a IIoT-dependent firm.
What makes an IIoT-dependent firm better?
IIoT is going to revolutionize our industrial process. The next decade, will be full of innovations in human-machine interactions and Machine-to-machine connectivity, production process will be faster, more efficient and reliable.
Decisions will be made easier and more reliable, sometimes avoided, the hardware and software along with cloud capabilities will be pushing the limits of automation.
Once that is achieved there will be a shift in infrastructure and protocols, as well as standards which are all prone to enhancement.
Logistics companies can do a greater job with the speed and efficiency of IIoT.
Factories will benefit from automation and elimination of human error thus transportation will become more effective.
The interconnection and automation in processing will allow firms gain a competitive advantage directly or even exponentially proportional to the degree of IIoT implementation,. The future is full of unknowns, but IIoT can help us shape these unknowns in terms of production to our favour.
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