Preparing for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Exploring the impact
The profit potential of industrial assets has long been limited by inadequate connectivity between equipment generating production data and the applications which might learn from it. The communication necessary to have true impact on the profitability is – to say the least – rough around the edges.
As the industrial assets become more digitized and internet-enabled, technology tools are evolving to provide process and manufacturing engineers with the processing power, connectivity and security support they need to take full advantage of the opportunities that await. IIoT is a controls issue: greater productivity, operational visibility and agility await.
The digital enterprise presents maintenance managers with a more complicated set of assets to manage, yet also delivers tools to help maximize return on all assets. Greater processing power, Ethernet connectivity, and advanced analytics will enable new levels of preventive, predictive and proactive maintenance.