Manufacturers are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to enable better safety protocols and quicker fixes to maintenance issues

Safety malfunctions on the factory floor, the construction site or at points along the supply chain are costly and potentially dangerous instances where technology can make a meaningful difference to improve working conditions and overall efficiency. Increasingly, manufacturers and other industry professionals are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to optimize efficiency throughout labor, operations and logistics.

Specifically, IIoT-connected devices can help to ensure that workers maintain proper safety protocols and adhere to instructions. At the same time, real-time analytics and aggregate performance data drawn from IIoT sensors inform manufacturers or third-party services of past and present conditions with the goal of accurately forecasting maintenance issues before they occur.

“It’s a huge opportunity for all industrial companies. Data analytics and machine connectivity are the way to get to the next level of productivity,” said Bill Ruh, Chief Digital Officer for General Electric, in an interview with the Financial Times.

To better understand the ways in which IoT is enabling better safety practices, PSFK researchers recently looked into the trends of “safety control” and “predictive troubleshooting” within the realm of manufacturing, as illustrated by the following examples:

Dewalt
In an effort to overcome the difficulties of pursuing safe construction work in network-less areas, construction company Dewalt turned to Internet of Things sensors to ensure that job sites can maintain proper productivity and safety needs. Their IoT solution provides job sites with an agnostic network framework by embedding sensors in equipment and worker tools to keep track of workers, reduce errors and ensure safety compliance

Petasense
Industrial IoT startup Petasense created a hardware/software solution designed to help industrial customers understand when equipment needs maintenance by “listening” to its vibrations. The vibration sensor feeds data about the vibrations wirelessly to the cloud, analyzes it and presents it to users.

StrongArm Technologies
Ergonomic solutions company StrongArm Technologies developed a vest with integrated sensors that shifts heavy loads from injury-prone parts of the body to stronger areas. The V22 also makes the wearer adopt proper lifting positions, helping them avoid any potential injuries.

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.

Safety malfunctions on the factory floor, the construction site or at points along the supply chain are costly and potentially dangerous instances where technology can make a meaningful difference to improve working conditions and overall efficiency. Increasingly, manufacturers and other industry professionals are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to optimize efficiency throughout labor, operations and logistics.

Specifically, IIoT-connected devices can help to ensure that workers maintain proper safety protocols and adhere to instructions. At the same time, real-time analytics and aggregate performance data drawn from IIoT sensors inform manufacturers or third-party services of past and present conditions with the goal of accurately forecasting maintenance issues before they occur.