The Digital Factory and IIoT
How much has smart technology revolutionized your life? If you use automated payments for card transactions, if you rely on real-time reporting and analysis in the workplace, or if you have ever used any kind of app on a smartphone or tablet device, then chances are the answer to this question is “quite a bit.” But what about industry? Where does the power of smart technology fit into the world of manufacturing and production?
At Eagle Technology, we believe that the connection between these two spheres is closer than many people realize. We have developed Proteus MMX, Enterprise Asset Management Software – or EAMS – designed to give organizations in the manufacturing industry the tools they need to experience the incredible advantages of this leap in technology.
Through the deployment of an EAMS, business owners can gain a more in-depth understanding of their organizations, giving them the knowledge required to drive success and growth in the future. Systems like these are paving the way to a positive tomorrow within the manufacturing sector.
The Industrial Internet of Things
For some time now, we have understood that the application of smart technology and global connectivity is not limited to computing devices alone. This concept is referred to as ‘The Internet of Things,’ and it covers everything from remote-controlled household appliances to comprehensive data collection and analytic systems.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a further development to this concept, and it envisages a future in which connectivity is king in the manufacturing industry. By unifying industrial processes across the board through smart technology, manufacturers will find themselves on the cusp of a new era with almost limitless possibilities ahead of them.
Analysts predict that 50 billion devices and objects will integrate with web connectivity by 2020, representing an incredible leap forward in terms of efficacy, efficiency and convenience. The trouble is, we are still some way off reaching this point, and – as of 2016 – 99% of objects in everyday use remain disconnected from the Internet.
Through the deployment of software like Proteus MMX and through a gradual reimagining of the way we view technology within the industrial world, Eagle Technology is spearheading the move towards a smarter workplace. The potential benefits of this are unlimited as we move towards streamlined processes, better quality and more cost-effective goods. All of these factors will eventually lead to the utopian ideal of the factory of the future.
The Digital Factory
So what does this industry of tomorrow look like? Well, we can tell you that it goes far beyond manufacturing automation. While automated industrial procedures certainly play a major role within the digital factory, this merely represents the tip of the iceberg.
Through effective harnessing of digital protocols, manufacturers will be able to deliver tailor-made products cheaply and easily to individuals via 3D printing algorithms. This shift represents a revolution in terms of the manufacturer-retailer-consumer relationship. In addition, comprehensive asset management systems will provide industry leaders with reliable alerts and notifications when machinery needs repair or replacement, enhancing efficiency as well as worker safety. Even better, real-time collaboration between designers and producers will accelerate the process of bringing a product to the market.
We are at the dawn of a third industrial revolution, one which blows the manufacturing industry wide open and puts consumers in touch with the products they need — right when they need them. The only question that remains is just how far will this development take us?
To find out how you can learn more about how we are building the digital factory of tomorrow, today, contact us.