How IoT is Changing Manufacturing

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Well over half of all businesses have adopted IoT into the workplace in 2018, according to a study conducted by Gartner. That trend is only projected to increase moving forward. While many industries are just figuring out how to integrate the Internet of Things into their business operations, manufacturing has been a leader in IoT deployment.

Improved understanding of IoT

IoT grew as more leaders within the industry grasped both the understanding and potential of the devices. According to a study by MESA International IoT Manufacturing and LNS Research, for instance, in 2016, only 19% of company leaders admitted they didn’t understand IoT well enough to implement it in their factories, compared to 44% the year before.

Also, for the first time, more than 50% of manufacturers stated they planned to introduce different IoT technologies into their plants.

Areas where manufacturers have seen an increase of IoT use include:

  • Improved analytics functionality

  • Predictive modelling for the supply chain

  • Machine intelligence

Manufacturing operations management

IoT trends to expect in 2019

Manufacturers report having used IoT to help streamline business operations and improve efficiency. Connected sensors across the plant floor or across facilities have communicated concerns such as:

  • The environmental conditions within the building

  • The operational status of individual pieces of equipment

  • The output status of each leg of the manufacturing process

The ability of the connected sensors to share data in real time and to study stored data to create better, more efficient business models has been the selling point of IoT from the beginning.

There have been a few other trends and changes coming to the forefront that have proven to be invaluable to the modern manufacturing plant.

1. The rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): More manufacturing plants have adopted devices, because more machines are being designed specifically with IIoT operations in mind.

2. New partnerships developed: IIoT and IoT require communication networks that are reliable and easy to use. IT needs rival those in any other industry. Manufacturers are turning more to partnering with network providers, cloud services, and software companies to ensure that that the devices are able to avoid major disruptions and costly downtime.

3. New focus on cyber security: A connected facility is also a facility at risk of cyber-attacks. Especially worrisome is the lack of security that is built in to most IoT or IIoT devices, leaving them exposed to malware, denial of service attacks, and other threats. This has required manufacturers to take a closer look at their security systems.

Current Technologies has helped manufacturers in the Midwest with both physical and IT security. Our experienced team of professionals will create a custom plan to fit your needs and make sure that no matter where your business goes in 2019, the venture will be safe and profitable.

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