With the recent surge in demand for real-time, automatic interaction between systems & devices, among manufacturers and supply chains, it is no surprise that Industry 4.0, IoT and AI have become the catchphrases of the time.

In the first installment of this 2-part blog series, we will explore the business value of IoT for the manufacturing sector, in particular. We will also discuss the key emerging trends in the space and use cases with business potential. In the next part, we will discuss one of our successful IoT implementation cases, with in-depth notes on our client’s requirements, challenges they faced and how our IoT driven solution worked to smart transform their business processes.

IoT in Manufacturing- What’s the Business Value?

  • Anytime, anywhere accessibility of asset status, and therefore, faster response time
  • Preventative maintenance and reduced downtime
  • Real-time data streaming & analysis
  • Enhanced diagnostic capabilities
  • Remote monitoring capability

The Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) has already begun transforming how industries operate. With the confluence of AI and IoT, devices have become smarter, and industries are now well equipped to manage their supply chain and enhance their production cycle, increasing returns, while cutting down on expenditure. Today, manufacturers are increasingly adapting to the evolving market segment to stay competitive. What was earlier considered niche technologies, such as IoT and AI, have now gained space in the mainstream.The digital transformation in manufacturing is now prevalent in several different ways- sensor networks collect critical data points, leverage the cloud and actionize on data to smart transform manufacturing operations. In the midst of all this, data continues to be the key currency that companies are harnessing to accelerate innovation, and profits.

In fact, IoT implementations have seen a surge across healthcare, smart cities and manufacturing industries, paving the way for further innovation across the board. According to a recent report by McKinsey, IoT has the potential to generate $4T to $11T in economic value by 2025.

Where are the IoT Use Cases in Manufacturing?

  • Facilitate production flow at manufacturing unit
  • Manage warehouse operations and monitor inventory/ stock
  • Supply chain management
  • Improved shop floor and field operations
  • Product quality control- identify bottlenecks, prevent machine damage etc
  • Industrial safety and security
  • Asset management and tracking

Confluence of AI and IoT

While data is collected in real-time from multiple sensors, and transferred to the cloud, it is also analyzed- factors such as equipment usage and maintenance data are collected from various sources- this data is then visualized, and presented on a dashboard/ web/ mobile app for floor workers to access. 

The available data is then run through machine learning algorithms, so abnormalities and possible equipment damage can be forecast, ahead of time. This here, is the role that AI plays- predictive models can be formulated from recognizable data patterns. Following testing, these models can be applied, to enable predictive maintenance and anomaly detection. 

iLens- The Intelligent Industrial IoT Platform, built for Industry 4.0

iLens from Knowledge Lens is our premier Industrial IoT solution, addressing the Industry 4.0 demands with capabilities including Interface Connectivity, Edge Analytics and Predictive Analytics. iLens is currently powering automation, manufacturing, energy and utility companies across the globe. 

For our customers, this means a single solution for all their key IoT use cases ranging from Smart Device Management and Connectivity to Edge Computing, Predictive Maintenance, Anomaly Detection and Video Analytics.

We deliver business value across key domains

Interested to learn about some of our use cases?

IoT powered Energy Management

Renewable Energy Optimization powered by IoT

Large-scale IoT & Big Data Analytics to Monitor & Analyze Food Distribution

Summing up…

By maximizing productivity, maintaining uptime, reducing costs and eliminating redundancies, IoT has an active role to play in both small and large enterprises. And the results are clear enough for all to see- faster speed to market, improved demand forecasting & intuitive customer experience. 

Stay tuned for our second blog in this series, to learn about our successful IoT implementation with one of our clients in the Cement industry.

At Knowledge Lens, we constantly work towards improving our product technologies, so your business can do more for you. Visit us here to learn how you can grow your business operations through data- driven decision making, starting today. You could also leave your feedback in the Comments section below, or get in touch with us at sales@knowledgelens.com.

Sneha Mary Christall

Marketing and Brand Manager, Knowledge Lens.

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