IoT (Internet of Things) Enabling Industry 4.0

IoT (Internet of Things) Enabling Industry 4.0

IoT concept can be defined as the system of interconnected machines or equipment that can autonomously communicate with one another and optimize the production process. 

IoT is also one of the most important emerging technology that is enabling industry 4.0 project. IoT makes it possible to address and access everything in the connecting network. All the objects in the network can communicate with any other object regardless of object’s function or application.

The best example to understand IoT as a consumer is Smart thermostats device. This device has multiple sensors in rooms connected with your phone and allow you to have control over temperature. You can also connect these sensors with algorithms to allow them automatically control temperature when you are away. Same is the task IoT performs in automating the industry. 

In Industry, IoT connects all the devices, machines and tools together by the sensors attached to them. These sensors provide data and after big data analytics translates this data, it is then headed to a human to make decision. 

This is how IoT makes a factory smarter and autonomous. Some other ways the IoT can improve industry’s performance are by providing:

  • Better operating performance
  • Risk Management 
  • Enhance worker experience
  • Improves and maintains asset’s health 
  • Provides logistics

Big Data Enabling Industry 4.0

Big Data Enabling Industry 4.0

Using advanced computer technologies on major data sets to uncover important patterns, trends and correlations for companies in decision making process is termed as big data or big data analytics. 

The main use of big data in industry is as a translator. But it is not an ordinary translator, it translates what no one else can do. The information that is produced by IoT and AI systems needs to be translated into an actionable format and here the big data comes in. 

It translates the collected data into actionable form and helps smart factories to improve performance as follows:

  1. Big data helps in analyzing data from production machinery sensors and tells when and where the maintenance will be needed in future. 
  2. Big data helps to find hidden issues that cause trouble in production and after finding the source of the issue, it allows manufacturers to use targeted data analysis to understand the real cause of trouble. 
  3. It is estimated that big data causes 25 percent reduction in breakdowns and downtime. It has been proven to be crucial in supply chain management, fault prediction and solution, and smart factories.