The Industrial Internet of Things: Manufacturing in the Digital Age

For the past few decades, the focus in the manufacturing industry has been on reducing operational costs in an effort to compete with less expensive overseas competition. However, as technology continues to imbed itself in all aspects of our lives, that focus is slowly shifting. The combination of cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has begun to make headway in the manufacturing world, bringing a technological revolution with it.

What is the Industrial Internet of Things?

Coined by General Electric in 2012, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to incorporating machine learning, big data technology, sensor data harnessing, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and automation technology into manufacturing operations. The philosophy behind IIoT is that smart machines are better at accuracy, consistency, and data communication than humans are.

The Benefits of IIoT

The removal of human error means that the data produced by smart machines will make it possible for you to pick up on inefficiencies and problems sooner, increase your company’s intelligence efforts, tighten quality control, makes supply chain more efficient and traceable, and opens the door to new and improved sustainable and green practices in manufacturing. The time and money saved by utilizing IIoT streamlining will help your manufacturing business grow and keep up with an ever-changing, increasingly digitally based world.

IIoT Concerns 

Despite the numerous benefits of incorporating IIoT into your business practices, there are a few issues to consider. Any device connected to the Internet, be it a personal computer or a CNC machine, is vulnerable to security breaches and cyber attacks, therefore it is vital to have an IIoT security strategy in place. SEC regulations are also starting to address this concern, with new regulations being put into place that require manufacturers to provide proof of the steps they are taking to mitigate security threats.

There are several ways you can tighten up your IIoT security, including cloud based security, risk-based framework, and advanced authentication, but your safest bet is to meet with an online security specialist who can help you develop and implement a system that works best for your manufacturing company’s unique needs.

Protecting your Investment

IIoT generates manufacturing intelligence that can keep U.S. manufacturers firmly in the global competitive market, but utilizing it in your business is not an inexpensive venture. Smart manufacturing machines can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, so it is also important that you protect your investments. Inora can help you do just that. Our innovated machine check systems use our patented Math Engine technology to keep your costly IIoT machines running smoothly and efficiently with no human error. Contact us today to learn more about the InoraSRS, which dramatically speeds the process of maximizing machine accuracy and consistency.