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Examples of Industrial Internet of Things

Let's explore the implementation of IIoT across several major organizations via the examples of their usage.


Examples of Industrial Internet of Things
Published By - Kelsey Taylor

The Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT mainly refers to an industrial framework where a large number of machines or devices are connected and synchronized through software tools. The devices of industrial IOT range from complex industrial robots to tiny environmental sensors.

For the large scale, IIoT is an element of Industry 4.0 and it requires low maintenance along with low cost to operate in real time in challenging environments. Generally companies use industrial IOT projects for internal cost saving. The commonly used applications of IIoT are, smart factory, smart metering, smart grid and many more.

Examples of industrial internet of things along with their applications

MAN

MAN is a Truck & Bus Company. As the company provides its customers with the tracker which spots engine faults or other potential failures. Hence it saves time and money for the customers.

Siemens

Siemens is a German multinational conglomerate company. The company wanted to build a fully automated, Internet-based smart factories. The company builds automated machines for the likes of BMW.

Siemens introduced an operating system called Mindsphere, the cloud-based IoT unit from Siemens which basically aggregates the data from all the different vital components of a factory and then processes them through rich analytics to produce useful results.

Caterpillar (CAT)

It is an American machinery and equipment firm. The company uses augmented reality (AR) applications to operate machines from fuel levels to when air filters need replacing. The company sends basic instructions for how to replace it via an AR app.

The company began its industrial machinery with intelligent sensors and network capabilities which allows users to optimize and monitor processes closely.

Caterpillar has brought about 45% efficiency into its production by putting IoT to use. Tom Bucklar, IoT and Channel Solutions Director of Caterpillar said that the customer’s satisfaction is at the forefront of their efforts.

Caterpillar, in order to deliver real-time information to all the dealers regarding their equipment’s, joined hands with AT&T’s IoT services in early 2018. With the help of AT&T, they had a widespread connectivity of resources.

Airbus

It is a European multinational aerospace corporation. Company had launched a digital manufacturing initiative known as Factory of the Future to streamline operations and increase production capacity. The employees use a tablet or smart glasses (designed to reduce errors and bolster safety in the workplace) and smart devices to assess a task and communicate with a main infrastructure or locally with operators and then send that information to a robotic tool which completes it.

ABB

ABB is a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation. The company is basically into production of Robots. It uses connected, low-cost sensors to monitor the maintenance of its robots to prompt repairs before the parts break.

Company is using connected oil and gas production, to solve hindrances at the plant thereby achieving business goals in a cost effective way. The company had developed a compact sensor which is attached to the frame of low voltage induction motors, where no writing is needed.

By using these sensors, company gets the information about motor health via smartphones or in internet by a secure server.

Fanuc

Fanuc is one of the largest suppliers of industrial automation equipment in the world. The company had developed FIELD System (Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link & Drive System), an open platform that enables the execution of various IIoT applications which focuses on heavy devices like robots, sensors, and machine tools.

Alongside cloud-based analytics, Fanuc is utilizing sensors inside its robotics to anticipate any failure in the mechanism. With the help of this the supervisors are able to keep up with the schedule and reduce costs.

Magna Steyr

It is an Austrian automotive manufacturer. The company offers production flexibility by using the concept of smart factory. The network system of the factory is digitally based. It is also using Bluetooth to test the concept of smart packaging and help the employees to better track the assets and efficiency between operations.

John Deere

It is an American corporation which manufactures agricultural, forestry, and construction machinery. The company bought the self-driving vehicle revolution which no other company did. John Deere is the first company which bought the concept of GPS in tractors. The company has deployed telematics technology for predictive maintenance applications.

Tesla

It is an American automotive and Energy Company, specialized in manufacturing of electric vehicles. Company is leveraging IT driven data to move their business forward. They improve the functionality of the products via software updates.

Autonomous Indoor Vehicles by Tesla have changed the way how the batteries were consumed. These batteries were chargeable on their own without any interruption. Tesla also introduced a feature which helped the customers to control and check the devices from anywhere through their smartphones.

Hortilux

The company provides lighting solutions. They introduced Hortisense, a digital solution which safe-guards various operations. It uses smart sensors operated through cloud to monitor the light levels and efficiency of the offered light. This information can be monitored and checked from anywhere at any device.

IIoT vs IoT : How They Differ

Basis IoT IIoT
Utility It is mainly designated for individual customers, which can be used in homes and offices. It is used in a commercial area that is industries.
Security Security is not an issue in IoT in comparison to IIoT, as it does not include handling industrial processes. Security is major concern in IIoT as include organizations and business at large scale.
Degree of Application It uses application with low-risk impact It uses more sensitive and precise sensors
Cost It is less expensive as the technology of IoT has been introduced by various companies It is more expensive in comparison to IoT as it has sensitive devices and industrial applications.

Conclusion

IIoT has a bright future and will surely enhance the production level. IIoT is fast becoming the driving force of innovation behind various types of revolution. Whether it is small business, end-user, or large scale business, all the segments will have equal benefits.


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