IIoT potential 1: manufacturer-independent modular combination of hard- and software
In the Industrial Internet of Things, people, resources and software solutions of companies communicate with each other. Everything can be combined with everything, regardless of manufacturer: PLCs, sensors, actuators, handhelds, smartphones and software solutions such as ERP, BDE, PSS. Industrial Internet of Things therefore does not necessarily mean that solutions have to be connected to the Internet. It’s about network technology that makes everything combinable. This way, your systems can be controlled securely and completely independent.
IIoT Potential 2: Conclusions from data
A simple sensor, which counts the number of units produced on a system, provides even more information in the IIoT. Combined with order data from the ERP system, you receive production speed per item, production capacity per item, running time, downtimes, set-up times. You can receive notifications about events such as downtimes, completion or delays. For example, via a display on the machine, on the smartphone, tablet or PC.
IIoT Potential 3: Cloud
Secure transmission and aggregation of data in the cloud could offer many advantages: you can view live data from any plant from anywhere in the world. Your IT department saves on set up, operating and maintaining a highly available, secure hardware and software server infrastructure. Cloud services offer you sophisticated algorithms that enable predictive maintenance and classification based on your data. It is also possible to make your data available to other systems (such as solutions within the company, for suppliers or customers) in this way.