The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software and connectivity to increasing efficiency by sending and receiving data across a network. Physical products have always generated a huge amount of data but we were never able to hear, see or capture it. Now we can because everything is now instrumented and interconnected so we can all have access to it.

Internet of Things Connect Technology with:

People

The Internet of Things in manufacturing will improve business operations by connecting people to the right information, over the right device when they need it and gain access to information such as suppliers, maintenance partners and distribution chains. New mobile ready software will allow users to have access to data such as line efficiency, data visualisation tools and alerts from any location at much lower costs than previous systems.

Processes

Manufactures that implement an Internet of Things solution across their supply chain have the advantage of being able to enable faster information flow, make faster decisions and have greater responsiveness by connecting devices into operational and business software processes. Machine to machine communications will enable new levels of automation. For example General Motors use sensor data to decide if conditions are unsuitable for painting an automobile and if this is the case the product will be routed to another stage of the manufacturing process increasing efficiency.

Data

The Internet of Things will change enterprise mobility forever as they connect new and current devices into a company’s system which will create new data. The Internet of Things will connect vision systems, RFID readers and barcode readers to the internet will get all the devices to work in conjunction with each other. Big data plays its part in this by processing and analysing data from IoT enabled devices which will enable all devices to work together increasing productivity and efficiency.


Advantages for your business

Cisco research states that only 4% of the devices on the manufacturing floor are connected to a network. A standard network makes it easier to connect and work with suppliers and customer to improve supply chain visibility. IoT will change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold. Organisations that master this new way of operation their business will have a variety of new opportunities to increase revenue and reduce costs.

Factory Visibility

The implementation of the Internet of Things enables production lines data to be sent to senior managers who have the ability to improve factory efficiency. Managers can view the efficiency of any machine, view production from any location and make quick decisions. When equipment is connected with people you can cut down time and reduce waste because if there is a problem in the quality control production line you can shut down the production line before it continues to manufacturer products that will be scrapped.

Automation

With the technology of the Internet of Things you can use IOT and IP networks to connect everything within the manufacturing plant and provide connectivity and information sharing across multiple locations. When equipment and systems are connected across the supply chain manufacturers can use this information to automate processes to optimise production systems without human intervention.

Connected Supply Chain

he Internet of Things analytics will help manufacturers gain a better understanding of the supply chain information that can be delivered in real-time. The Internet of Things enables systems to be configured for location tracking, inventory management and reporting of products as they move through the supply chain. IoT systems can also collect and feed delivery information into an ERP system providing up to date information which will help manufacturers identify issues before they happen.

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