Applications and Benefits of IoT in Manufacturing

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Internet of things (IoT) is no more a newcomer to the technology club. For quite some time, it has been transforming industries and daily lives around us. IoT connects devices and remotely controls them over a network. It opens the possibility of direct physical world integration with computer-based systems and leads to increased efficiency, accuracy, and economic profit, with reduction in human interference.

What are Industrial IoT solutions (IIoT)?

Industrial IoT is a network of devices, machinery and sensors connected to each other and to the Internet, with the purpose of collecting data and analyzing it for continuous process improvement. Industrial IoT Solutions include smart sensors, machines, tools, software platforms, cloud servers and applications.

Almost every industrial sector has a tremendous opportunity to not only monitor, but also automate complex industrial processes, and ready itself for Industry 4.0. For long time industries have had sensors and systems to track progress, but IoT takes a step further and provides solutions to every industrial automation pain area.

IoT solutions for manufacturing industry

“Also known as Industry 4.0 or Industrial IoT, smart manufacturing enables manufacturers to maximize the yield from existing production capabilities and develop the next generation of production capabilities necessary to compete in a digital economy.” (Source: IDC)

There is immense potential for Industrial IoT solutions, in smart manufacturing. You cannot increase production beyond certain limits, so how can you increase your profits? Production cannot be boosted, due to inadequate demands. Hence, the backend process can be made efficient, by analysing the precise details about your production process. IIoT helps in gathering this data.

Industrial IoT solutions for smart manufacturing involve deployment of sensors at every stage of the manufacturing floor for specific applications. These sensor networks continuously send data to the IoT gateway, which receive and transmit the data to the cloud application server for processing and analysis. Sophisticated application programs handle large amount of data within a secure network and make it accessible using Smartphone applications.

Industrial IoT applications

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a rapidly increasing sector that accounts for most of the share of IoT spending globally. Let us understand what the IoT applications in manufacturing and industrial processes are: 

Process Automation

Accuracy of process stages can be improved to a greater level using IoT enabled machine automation. Automation of machines and tools enables companies to operate in an efficient way with sophisticated software tools to monitor and make improvements for next process iterations.

Connected Factory

IoT connects major components such as machines, tools, and sensors to a network, for easier management and access. Industrial IoT solutions enable remote management and overview of process flow, monitor down time, status of inventory, shipment, schedule maintenance and stop/pause a particular process for further analysis.

Facility Management

The IoT sensors placed inside manufacturing equipment triggers alerts based on condition-based maintenance. Whenever an equipment deviates from its prescribed parameters, IoT sensors trigger an alert. This enables conservation of energy, reduction in costs, elimination of machine downtime, preventive maintenance and increased operational efficiency.

Production Flow Monitoring

IoT in manufacturing enables monitoring of an entire production line, right from the refining process to the packaging of final products. It facilitates better management of the industry’s operational cost and eliminates wastes and unnecessary work.

Asset Management

IoT-based asset tracking enables effective and efficient asset management, which improves the organization’s operational efficiency.

Inventory Management

IoT systems enable tracking the inventory globally on a line-item level. This provides a far-reaching and cross-channel visibility into inventories which helps managers in getting realistic estimates of the available material, the work in progress and the estimated arrival time of new materials.

Packaging Optimization

Package management using IoT technology is convenient and efficient for manufacturing units. Smart sensors monitor each stage of packing and give real time updates.

Logistics and Supply Chain Optimization

Smart sensor technology is a perfect fit to handle the complex logistics operations and manage goods efficiently.

Energy Management

IoT can offer better solutions for power management in industries. Specific sensors can detect environment and trigger to turn on/off control of lights, air conditioners, humidity controls, liquid flow and others, for efficient power management.

Advantages of IoT in manufacturing

  • Improved accuracy
  • Product and process optimization
  • Predictive maintenance and analysis
  • Higher efficiency
  • Remote accessibility and monitoring
  • Enhanced security
  • Scalability of network
  • Reduced downtime for machines and process
  • Power savings
  • Cost effectiveness

IIoT in the manufacturing sector is changing the industry standards with its data-driven techniques. EnergyBots facilitates the manufacturing industry with its wide range of IIoT products and solutions. We help industries adapt to an IoT ecosystem for process improvements, better management, cost effectiveness and sustainability. Connect now to unleash the benefits of IoT for your industry.

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