The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) uses sensors to provide instant feedback to workers and decision makers to bolster efficiency

Much like how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing people’s lives at home with connected appliances and electronic devices, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing how enterprises conduct business in the manufacturing industry. By utilizing the data collected by IoT-enabled sensors, key decision makers are better able to implement operational adjustments and improve production efficiencies at scale with greater speed and flexibility. At the same time, IoT-connected headsets, monitors and other devices embedded into the workplace provide employees with pertinent information, priority tasks or analytics that further bolster productivity.

“The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is poised to transform everything from the factory floor to the logistics of shipping, receiving and maintaining products at the customer site” reads a 2017 report from the IoT Institute.

To better understand the ways in which IoT is enabling greater operational flexibility and worker productivity, PSFK researchers identified two trends within the realm of manufacturing: “Onboard guidance” and “responsive optimization,” illustrated in the following examples:

Airbus
Assembly line workers at the airplane manufacturer’s factory are equipped with tablets or connected glasses that sync to a larger IoT hub for actionable instructions about specific materials and tools. In one of their use cases, workers are able to determine proper bolt type and size as well as torque required for installation.

Plex Systems
Manufacturing ERP online software solutions company Plex Systems created the IntelliPlex Production Analytic Application that taps IIoT data to provide manufacturing leaders with enterprise-wide insight into the performance of production operations, including processes and equipment on the shop floor.

IBM × Tommy Hilfiger × FIT
IBM teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger and The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for Design and Tech Lab on a project called Reimagine Retail to leverage machine learning in its design process, improving insights about colors, silhouettes and prints for production that optimizes waste, minimizes environmental impact and creates designs that consumers want.

For more on how manufacturers and other industry professionals are using IIoT in order to optimize efficiency throughout labor, operations and logistics, check out our recent report Industrial Internet Of Things In Manufacturing.


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Much like how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing people’s lives at home with connected appliances and electronic devices, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing how enterprises conduct business in the manufacturing industry. By utilizing the data collected by IoT-enabled sensors, key decision makers are better able to implement operational adjustments and improve production efficiencies at scale with greater speed and flexibility. At the same time, IoT-connected headsets, monitors and other devices embedded into the workplace provide employees with pertinent information, priority tasks or analytics that further bolster productivity.