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What impact will IIoT have on manufacturing?

19 April 2017

IIoT is changing the Industrial manufacturing competitive landscape and in order to stay competitive, industry the world over needs to understand the potential that IIoT holds, as well as the risks of moving too slowly. The IIoT provides significant transformation potential for industrial organisations, offering a means to increase the value they derive from modern IIoT open standards based automation technologies.

IIoT is often presented as a revolution that is changing the face of industry in a profound manner. In reality, it is an evolution that has its origins in technologies and functionalities developed by visionary automation suppliers more than 15 years ago. As the necessary global standards mature, it may well take another 15 years to realise the full potential of IIoT. The good news for end users and machine builders today is that they can leverage their existing investments in technology and people while taking advantage of new IIoT technologies. Introducing IIoT solutions alongside existing applications, as opposed to a “rip & replace” approach will enable greater business control, and will drive the evolution towards a smart manufacturing enterprise that is more efficient, safer, and sustainable.

IIoT is already having a significant impact on industrial performance in two primary areas: asset performance management and operator efficiency. Technologies, previously limited by the cost of connection or implementation, are enabling the gathering of asset information that supports maintenance programs and decision systems for manufacturing operations. That means that unnecessary “routine” maintenance can be avoided, as can the neglect of equipment that subsequently fails.

Additionally, IIoT presents a great opportunity to bridge the skills gap and augment today’s workforce by putting real-time status and diagnostic information at their fingertips. Smart devices can provide simpler, easier to use, richer information to the operator, and making the plant user-centric, not machine-centric.

As the deployment of IIoT technologies continues, we will see further deployment of Open Ethernet technologies across manufacturing and device level. The Operational Technology of the factory floor will become tightly integrated with the Information Technology of upstream business systems (IT meets OT). Architectures will become flattened, and with these new levels of agility, automation systems will be perfectly matched to industrial process topologies. This will simplify the application and operation of both. IIoT will also allow automation applications to be aligned fully to the process, independently of the automation hardware. 

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