The great information highway has transformed every industry on the planet in the last fifteen years. However, the manufacturing sector is one of the last frontiers when it comes to Internet and cloud-based technology adoption. There are a few good reasons for this, such as the urgency to use new technology based and automated industrial systems vs. old standards, but overall technology is shaping the way we do business today in the manufacturing world.
This shift has been termed the “Industrial Internet” and there are many ways that companies can harness this power today. Traditionally speaking, manufacturers have always been at the leading edge of innovation, therefore it only makes sense that they would want to do this in manufacturing processes now.
Take a moment to learn how manufacturers can improve their business processes through the use of the Industrial Internet.
There is a great deal to be said about the usefulness of Internet technology for improving the efficiency of processes within a manufacturing plant. A good example of this is Continental Tires, which increased the use of computer aided technology to boost tire production. By using a Cisco Unified Wireless Network and RFID tags, they’ve been able to streamline multiple divisions from manufacturing to delivery. Wireless technology enables drivers to communicate with plants to coordinate the shipment of multiple products worldwide, reporting a 20 percent increase in efficiency.
In addition to increasing efficiency, manufacturers are turning to the Industrial Internet to create a sustainable future for millions of Americans. Going green means to use materials in an eco-responsible way, and computer technology aids in this goal. For example, the Canadian paper company Cascades uses a software product that identifies and analyzes manufacturing data to reduce waste of energy used in their paper mills. Real time data is gathered that maximizes mill output while cutting back on energy during peak manufacturing cycles.
Better use of equipment
Manufacturing plants also use the Industrial Internet to oversee a variety of manufacturing and machinery processes, essentially having the ability to “talk” to their machinery as it operates. Electronic sensors connect machinery to computer networks, notifying operators of any malfunctioning equipment or production slowdowns in seconds. This can help to eliminate downtime and the costly repair and replacement of industrial equipment and materials.
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