The main idea of IoT in manufacturing is straightforward: Manufacturers will make capital investments into technology which will turn to create long-term reductions in operational expenses. Sensors, networked machines, and so forth, don’t make mistakes or require breaks, training, or sick days, and thus offer a reliable and cost-effective way to improve efficiency.
Manufacturing for the majority of human history has been conducted by technical workers. The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era during which machines and people began working together to improve speed production times, quality, and otherwise drive process efficiencies. Now, the IoT (Internet of Things) geared towards asset reliability, efficiency, and availability is poised to usher in an entirely new way of converting raw materials into products ready to enter the market.
IoT Use Cases
- Work-In-Progress Tracking
For manufacturers that build complex or large assets, tracking the components to be integrated can be extremely valuable. While many organizations depend on barcode scanning to track work in progress assets this method doesn’t allow for quick access of a lost part. If you use tracking technology, you can avoid the expense of having to actively track down misplaced parts.
- Tracking Tools & Fixtures
Some factories and plants depends on expensive tools and gauges for their day-to-day operations. Any misplaced tools or items could cause delays to the factory workflow, which could leads to negative impact on your completion and shipping timeline. Generally, if your organization uses GFE (government furnished equipment) and is required to be accountable for that equipment at all times, having the ability to track such fixtures can keep your organization out of hot water.
- Cold Chain Monitoring
It’s critical to ensure that temperature-sensitive goods such as vaccines are handled appropriately during the storage, creation, and shipping process. IoT technology can be used to ensure that components are handled properly and the finished products stay within a predetermined temperature range.
Implementing IoT In Manufacturing
IoT could play an very important role in your manufacturing organization. While the technology that you select is most important, it’s also very important to consider how you will go about integrating that IoT in the Manufacturing environment.
- Make sure you get the early buy in from stakeholders who are likely to object
Not only many people naturally resistant to change but some employees are likely to be upset at the prospect that a technology aims at improving efficiency could mean a reduction in labor spending which could impact on their role.
Therefore being upfront about the role of Internet of Things in Manufacturing environment and the advantages it brings to employees, not just the company is going to be the best to take to help you gain the buy-in you need.
- Make sure you’ll get internal buy-in before you begin testing or deploy a pilot
It may seem’s intuitive to test an IoT application in your facility before getting internal buy-in simply to see if the application is worth the expense and effort. Piloting and Testing a new technology won’t go unnoticed and if you haven’t gotten that buy-in, you make some employees sacrifice or suspicious some level of trust with them.
The Digital Manufacturing concept represents the combination of physical and cyber systems and the ability of these systems to interact in real-time with each other and with people and the decision support and predictive analytics systems that are made by the real-time exchange of contextual and data information.
An IoT provides a unified data source for real-time operational information from disparate assets and systems. Production processes, asset performance, and product quality are monitored in real-time, ensuring anomalies are detected as soon as they occur. Role-based interfaces enable faster and proactive decision making.
Selecting asset tracking can be a difficult task. To make your job more easier, we at Locus IT provide IoT training, IoT implementation and IoT support services. For more information please contact us.