The industrial Internet of Things, is it worth it?

Ruchhir Agarwal
Published on Feb 28, 2017 in App Development
Industrial Internet of Things by E2logy

Automation has reduced the dependency on multiple machines and increased the productivity and workforce of organizations. But these machines are independent of each others work with the help of their dedicated apps. Just imagine how wonderful will it be when these machines will be able to communicate and handle complex situations like malfunctioning, overloading and over-heating themselves.

For the mobile app development company E2logy, such facilities are available for smaller machines like smartphones, printers, tablets or wearable gadgets, all this known as Internet of Things (IoT). But when it comes to a large manufacturing company where they have large different machines to perform different tasks like making, packing, quality testing or loading, these machines are dependent on human force to put raw material into them and take out the finished product. When these large machines will be able to communicate with each other to receive and provide information then it will be known as Industrial Internet and different IT giants have started researching on it.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can integrate different types of large machines through sophisticated application software and sensors which can analyze the date to increase productivity and reduce operational costs and time.

A difference between Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT) is the scale of their integration. IoT generally involves home-based appliances and it requires for a single user with a smartphone or a wearable gadget (e-watch and fitness tracker). A failure in IoT integration could be managed easily and in lesser time.

The Industrial Internet of Things integrates large sized machinery like manufacturing units situated at industrial sites. It needs an amalgamation of machine learning tools, big data analytics to analyze the data and a robust machine to machine communication. The potential disadvantage of Industrial Internet is that any hardware or software failure could be disastrous for the whole integrated system.

Theee are the major benefits associated with IIOT:

Reduced maintenance cost

An integrated system is always helpful in reducing maintenance cost as it helps in reducing the exhaustion of a resource or limiting its dependence. Large industrial companies spend millions of dollars on just maintaining a particular system which limits their profitability from their production process.

IIoT has such capability that could reduce the maintenance cost to its minimum level as it will include a constant analysis of the process and any fault or error will be corrected at the same time. It will remove the need of regular maintenance expenses.

Energy saving

Different machines have different levels of energy consumption and larger organizations are known for high energy consumption. A proper Industrial Internet integration could reduce the need for energy from another source as different smaller machines could take energy from a larger machine. It will further give monetary benefit to the company as their expenditures on energy resources would be less.

Reduced e-waste

When an individual IT resource like a computer, printer, laptop or tablet is used extensively it gets exhausted quickly and in no time it will be completely dead. Then it becomes an e-waste which is hard to decompose and recycle. An Industrial Internet arrangement will make these IT resource attached to each other and with other larger machines so they will be used as a part of the large system, so their exhaustion limit will be increased and they will get a larger working life.

Increased productivity

The main motive of having an Industrial Internet of Things is to increase the productivity of any industrial or manufacturing organization which will have the integrated machinery and will require less time to finish the deadline and complete the manufacturing process.

A happy customer

Every customer wants a timely delivery of a product and it becomes a big challenge in front of companies to manufacture and provide the product to the customer in the minimum time possible. An Industrial Internet technology will give a major boost to the customer relationship management through its increased productivity.

To research the potential benefits of Industrial Internet multiple organizations have come together and formed an Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). It has 258 members as of 22nd November 2016. It was founded by General Electric, IBM, Intel, Cisco and AT&T in March 2014. The IIC researches and analyses the technical implications of Industrial Internet and its various technologies.

There are following tests conducted by IIC to check the real-world implementation of Industrial Internet:

  • Track and Trace: track and trace tests are conducted to check the Industrial Internet arrangement on an industrial factory floor. Its main motive is to handle the hand-held power tools in a manufacturing environment. It is a two-year project in which Bosch will supply the required software, Cisco will handle the precision location identification feature, NI (National Instrument) will provide the network for power tools and TechMahindra will program required custom applications.
  • Communication and Control Testbed for Microgrid energy application: the communication and control tested for Microgrid applications test the possibilities of Industrial Internet in the energy industry. The objective of the test is to check the secure facilitation of machine-to- machine, machine-to-cloud and machine-to-control information transfer between the database.
  • Asset efficiency testbeds: in asset efficiency testbeds the real-time data transfer between various IT resources of an organization is checked. Analytics is also applied over them to check their efficiency. It is checked that whether these vital resources provide right and timely information to make the right decision in terms of establishment, operations, maintenance, and replacement. Infosys, who is also the member of IIC is heading this project.
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About the author
Ruchhir AgarwalCEO at E2logy

Ruchhir Agarwal is the current CEO of the company he founded back in 2005. Leading E2Logy for years, he has achieved to make the mobile app development company one of the major enterprises in app development. The company currently employs up to 75 pe...

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