IoT Shaping the Future of Automation & Manufacturing
IoT has permeated in more than half of the industries across globe connecting physicals objects with the internet; thereby creating an interactive communication without human intervention. A survey (Global 95 discrete manufacturers 2018/19) from IDC reports nearly 55% of discrete manufacturers are researching, piloting, or in production with IoT initiatives in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is currently the fifth leading segment incorporating this technology. Factory premises, production of goods increasingly incorporating smart software, interconnected sensors, automation devices and wireless internet connectivity to create products; thus, providing a foundation for an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industry 4.0.
Digitization of Manufacturing Operations: Considering Germany as the manufacturing sector hub, we have taken survey result of Digital Factory inGermany/Europe. The below figure depicts the strong commitments of the industrial companies in Germany/Europe to bring technological advances to their factories.
IoT has brought exceptional positive disruptions to the manufacturing processes, pushing automation into a new hi-tech future. Manufacturing industries are process driven and these manufacturing-specific IoT software connects IoT endpoints such as sensors, controllers to detect workflow inefficiencies.
Manufacturing industries are deploying IoT in three major areas—Product development, Traditional supply chain, and manufacturing processes.
IoT in traditional product development help document actual product performance, creating early warning and detection signals to drive quality improvements in future products. At the same time, connected supply chain is more focused into adoption of mobile devices. It uses RFID and GPS technology to enable better tracking of inventory and assets.
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