IoT, the general concept as we know, has another version; a more refined one, named IIoT (Industrial IoT) which focuses on the application of instrumentation, connected devices, machinery and sensors widespread in industrial environments. This is also known as the fourth industrial revolution, the Industry 4.0 concept which takes the emphasis on digital technology which has been seeing an exponential evolution in the recent decades.
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It’d not be an exaggeration to mention that it was all started in Germany, with the introduction of the ‘High-tech strategy’ of the German government which promoted computerized manufacturing. With the origin of the concept of Industry 4.0 back in Germany in 2006, its primary focus has been on the broad vision of bridging the physical industrial assets and digital realm. This is also known as cyber-physical systems. Simply put, it talks all about how machines can talk with each other and how we can use the information those machines and equipment provide to improve all aspects of the industries, from manufacturer’s perspective to the customer experience.
As Hermann and Pentek suggests in their paper on Design Principles for Industry 4.0 Scenarios, there are four main design principles to the concept of Industry 4.0:
According to the Boston Consulting Group there are nine principal technologies that make up Industry 4.0: Autonomous Robots, Simulation, Horizontal and Vertical System Integration, the Industrial Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, The Cloud, Additive Manufacturing, Data and Analytics, and Augmented Reality.
With the use of those 9 principles, the concept of ‘smart factories’ is realized where everything and everyone is connected and works in harmony to coordinate work down the line, be it machines or humans.
Just like IoT has been able to change our lifestyles like never before, it’s been affecting the industry in such a similar manner too. Starting from simple machine control and production monitoring, IoT concepts help manufacturers to even track their products across the world, thus ensuring they can provide extremely high quality customer service. Following are some of the key benefits of IoT in Industry 4.0:
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