It’s an exciting reminder that we’re living and working during the fourth industrial revolution, aka Industry 4.0, and the abundance of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or smart manufacturing.
As with the other industrial revolutions, numerous applications or use cases demonstrate the performance of innovative technologies that produce valuable transformative benefits to business. We’re experiencing technological advancement in real time, creating fundamental changes in the way processes and services are automated, products are produced, and business gets done.
Smart industry applications using IoT sensors and complementary technologies like autonomous robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machine learning, etc., make our factories and workplaces safer, more efficient, cost-effective, flexible, and environmentally friendly. Industry 4.0 implementations are increasingly pervasive through our industrial and commercial infrastructures and power the digital intelligence that makes these benefits possible.
Read on to find out what Darren Wall, a technology writer, says are the best Industry 4.0 applications.
Businesses in the industry 4.0 sector face unceasing demands to become faster, smarter, leaner, and more profitable. We’ve all heard of smart cities and smart homes, but the fully automated and IoT-enabled smart factory is also on the horizon. Indeed, it’s already possible today.
The IoT has proved its potential to revolutionize businesses across all sectors. When implemented correctly, it can streamline processes, improve decision-making and create extra value for stakeholders, partners, and customers alike. It’s no wonder that it’s the main driving force behind Industry 4.0 – what has been described as the “4th industrial” revolution.
An IoT sensor-based smart cafeteria management system can help your school cafeteria manage and serve fresh foods. Smart temperature sensors and current meters in refrigerators and freezers can prevent food spoilage and loss on nights, weekends, and holidays.
In addition, how cafeteria facilities and equipment look and function can be as important as how food is prepared, displayed, and marketed, directly influencing what students choose to eat. Whether you’re in the kitchen, cafeteria, or not, remote monitoring using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can help you stop food loss events like walk-in or reach-in cooler and freezer failure 24/7. You can also detect water leaks, pooling, or flooding, ensure food safety by data logging food temperature, and track equipment performance.
Learn how a school district saved thousands of dollars by preventing spoiled food. The district also maintained compliance with the Code of Regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They did it with data from a wide variety of fast-install IoT sensors and meters.
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What People Are Saying About the IoT
Melissa Neuendorf, a group product manager within the Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) at John Deere, says farmers are leading the way with smart agriculture processes and technologies for full autonomy.
She shares how farmers see and do more with robotic technologies, IoT sensors, machine learning, computer vision, GPS, etc., to automate farm operations. Read the beginning of her article or click a link to the full article below.
Farmers are natural providers who take great pride and care in creating what we need for our daily lives, and whether it’s food, fuel, or clothing, the majority of our basic needs originate on the farm. But with the United Nations predicting a spike in our global population reaching 9.7 billion by 2050, farmers must increase agricultural productivity by 60 to 70%.
Every day we use our five basic senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste to help us understand and experience the world around us. For a farmer, these senses are one of the most valuable resources they have to grow the crops needed to support our rapidly increasing population.
But farmers can only take their senses so far. They can’t possibly see everything happening on their farms, which can be vast and spread across many different locations, and they’re also limited to what they can accomplish in a 24-hour day. Farmers are turning to advanced technologies to amplify their senses and enable them to do more within the increasingly narrow windows of time available to them, which ultimately allows them to work at a speed and scale beyond human capacity.