August 25, 2016
The plugged-in world has churned out huge opportunities for businesses. As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, its applications in businesses are on the rise. From finding new ways to connect devices to analyzing and accessing data with an IoT dashboard, IoT has helped to modernize businesses. It has given the manufacturing industry an opportunity to create changes in operational innovation and excellence.
Manufacturers are always on the lookout for ways to streamline their processes and to increase efficiency. Thanks to IoT, businesses may design more innovative products, improve their operations, and monitor their production line with ease. IoT also facilitates the smooth movement of goods through the supply chains, helps to connect production-line systems, assists in asset tracking and provides real-time monitoring of processes.
Following are the applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing sector:
Production Line Monitoring
Manufacturing companies have already gone one step ahead and installed sensors in their production-line systems. It helps in the optimal utilization of equipment and plant output. IoT devices in manufacturing also reduce unplanned downtime and help eliminate wastage.
Efficient Tracking of Raw Materials/Finished Goods
Manufacturers may efficiently track shipments traveling across all modes of transport using location-aware IoT devices. Such close monitoring helps to reduce chances of loss and theft during transit. It provides real-time and continuous visibility of the location and the status of the goods in transit.
Monitoring Equipment Condition
Thanks to IoT, businesses may remotely monitor the condition of equipment. The sensors immediately identify any change in the equipment like higher temperature, vibration, or pressure change. Manufacturers need not make physical visits, thus reducing the need for human intervention.
IoT delivers solutions that are more proactive than reactive in nature. It helps manufacturing companies transform into proactive and autonomic organizations that predict and fix potential disruptive issues before they even occur.
The manufacturing of complex products requires the assembly of various components. If the assembly line is operating at a slow pace, it’s crucial that the plant operators deploy barcode scanners to track the movement of these parts through the plant. The operation team may then access and analyze this IoT data through a centralized dashboard, thus helping them to quickly diagnose the problem and speed up the process.
Industrial manufacturing operations have now become more efficient, due to IoT. The installation of smart machinery and sensors has gone a long way to ensure better asset utilization, improving product quality, reducing downtime, and quickening the time taken to reach the end-users. The IoT gives manufacturers huge opportunities to create ‘smart’ and ‘intelligent’ products, thus bringing substantially higher margins and greater customer satisfaction levels.
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