Internet of Things Intersection
Where Manufacturers and Smart Factories Meet
As predicted, the innovative manufacturing world is taking advantage of digital transformation spurred by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Manufacturers are making more of their operational processes, equipment, and products smarter with rapidly advancing technologies, including the IoT combined with artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), digital twins, camera vision, etc.
A new report from IoT Analytics, Microsoft, and Intel shows how manufacturers increase performance with the IIoT and how they can achieve additional improvements. Read on as James Tyrrell, a researcher and writer for TechHQ, breaks down the report about the current and future state of the IoT in manufacturing.
Industrial IoT: Smart Factory KPI Survey Signals Growth
Manufacturers are accelerating their smart factory efforts in 2022, according to analysis commissioned by Microsoft and Intel.
For manufacturers considering industrial IoT, investment in maintenance monitoring comes a close second to capitalizing on automation opportunities. The insight is one of many to be found in a survey – commissioned by Microsoft and Intel – of 500 senior and mid-level managers based in North America (40%), Europe (35%), and Asia-Pacific (25%) regions. Participants were familiar with industrial IoT and had responsibility for digital transformation in the production of automotive, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and other goods. Dubbed ‘IoT Signals: Manufacturing Spotlight,‘ the report shines a light on areas where industrial IoT has led to large performance gains and identifies targets for delivering future growth.
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Vertical Market Focus
Know Where to Improve School and Church Ventilation
Billions of U.S. federal dollars are available to improve school building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. But with students returning to school around the country, much of that funding has yet to be spent.
Some districts have spent millions over the summer retrofitting once-inefficient HVAC systems, upgrading with higher-rated filters, automation, and ultraviolet irradiation. In some cases, entire HVAC units have been replaced or partially replaced. However, the CDC says a little over 40% of a nationally-representative sample of schools report using federal relief funding for HVAC upgrades.
If there’s any question about where in schools or churches to improve HVAC systems, the IoT can help. Sensors placed strategically in classrooms and connected to ducts, fan motors, AC units, boilers, and more can tell you how HVAC systems perform. Is air being circulated or filtered enough? Specialized smart sensors can tell school and church leaders.
Learn how facility managers optimize HVAC systems to ensure high performance and ideal filtration. They do it with real-time data from fast-install IoT sensors and meters.
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What Food Manufacturers Are Doing with the IoT
The IoT has been transforming the entire food supply chain for a long time, but food manufacturers are increasing their deployment. Their application of IoT solutions and associated efficiency, food safety, and cost-savings benefits, to name a few, are rising.
From streamlining production and processing to traceability and authenticity to waste reduction, food manufacturers can get a significant return on their investment in the IoT.
Food manufacturers’ use of IoT has been slower than in other sectors, but it is picking up – and advocates say the tech can help in a number of ways.
Food manufacturers continue to grapple with cost inflation and, as a result, are exploring new ways of manufacturing and distributing products more efficiently. One tool that has made a relatively modest impact on the food manufacturing sector but could be set to make a significant impact in the future is the Internet of Things (IoT).
A number of food groups have already implemented IoT sensors in their factories and supply chains, and more are piloting the technology to see what other benefits it can bring.
Some tech experts believe that over the next decade, IoT devices could become pervasive in manufacturing, which is borne out by some forecasts. GlobalData estimates the global market for IoT will hit US$1.1tn in revenue by 2024 – a significant increase on the $622bn recorded in 2022.
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