Manufacturing is on the brink of a revolution. The Internet of Things in manufacturing, or otherwise known as Industrie 4.0, is a hot topic with more and more discussion surrounding it. Within the next five years, it’s set to play a key role in transforming the way of manufacturing.
Simply speaking, the Internet of Things refers to a huge network of connected things, with the fundamental concept of connecting anything with an on and off switch to the Internet. Coined as the fourth Industrial Revolution, this new wave of technological changes will decentralise production control, becoming more networked so that everything is interlinked.
Analyst firm Gartner suggests that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices, with major global companies leading the way such as IBM, Microsoft, Epson and Intel.
The Industrial Internet of Things is rapidly reinventing the manufacturing world by reducing costs and downtime for businesses alongside the ability to handle big data streams. Automation within the business, from production plant through to supply chain, instantly simplifies processes and makes them more effective.
By using the Internet or cloud-based platforms, manufacturers can digitally connect their own production line, machinery and supply chain. Factories and plants that are connected to the Internet are proven to be smarter, more productive and more dynamic. In a market that is currently more competitive than ever, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the future is digital and manufacturers will need to get to grips with this latest phase in digitisation, or be left behind.
A connected business will result in a safer working environment for employees and provide a quicker response to emergencies, thanks to having real-time understanding of what’s happening in the workplace.
Annaliese Kloe, joint Managing Director of Headland Machinery explains that “IoT is being spoken about everywhere. It will change the approach to the way that manufacturers work, while revolutionising the future of a business. We must remember that we operate in a global economy where manufacturers can sell to anyone, anywhere. We need to embrace anything that can aid us in doing so.”
In order to succeed in the current tough climate, the current manufacturing sector needs to welcome innovation and welcome the notion of adopting new, modern ways within the business. So, with IoT set to revolutionise the manufacturing industry, we need to educate ourselves and jump on board.
This post was provided by Headland Machinery who will be showcasing at CeMAT AUSTRALIA 2018. To learn more about the Internet of Things and speak with Headland Machinery in person, register for your free visitor pass here.