‘Smart’ is the current buzzword surrounding every modern advancement in technology. From smartphones to smart objects (like light switches, home appliances, cars, shoes and now smart homes) Internet of Things (IoT) has garnered a lot of attention in the recent years. So, what really is IoT? IOT is the computing concept that connects gadgets and applications to the internet, allowing them to exchange data so they can “talk” to each other. This interconnected web of digital communication, enables us to control all these devices and their functionality in a centralized manner without having to interact with them directly.

Similar to IoT, IIoT is based on digitalising objects for smart usage, but specifically for industrial or manufacturing purposes. Used for connecting sensors and sophisticated critical machinery for manufacturing and supply chain. It merges the IT and operations departments of an industrial unit to boost efficiency, increase productivity and reduce the complexity of operations; while digitally transforming the manufacturing strategy of the industry to make it safer, more productive and of better quality.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is software/hardware hybrid system that allows industrial organizations to monitor, gather and process real-time data so they can control their industrial processes even remotely. When IIOT is implemented in tandem with SCADA, it not only makes the operational tasks easier but also reduce the cost of operating substantially.

With the implementation of IIoT gateways, the communication and data transfer between equipment and network operators has been reduced to a fraction of the earlier cost. These gateways can also be installed and controlled from virtually anywhere, from within the confines of infrastructure to an offshore site, making remote monitoring possible in real-time and at a lower cost.

With the implementation of IIoT gateways, the communication and data transfer between equipment and network operators has been reduced to a fraction of the earlier cost. These gateways can also be installed and controlled from virtually anywhere, from within the confines of infrastructure to an offshore site, making remote monitoring possible in real-time and at a lower cost. With remote monitoring of industrial equipment assets, you can not only streamline performance in terms of safety, operational effectiveness, reliability, but can also reduce potential failures by early detection of equipment deterioration. Since most IIoT systems use real-time machine data, running data analytics on it can help calculate equipment health, efficiency and potential failures. Employing machine learning algorithms and statistical modelling tools can also enhance the maintenance efforts by pro-actively diagnosing deviations or irregularities in real time which will reduce the response downtime without hampering production.

IIoT’s main capability here is to collect present and historical data for analysis, allowing the operations team to view, measure or report any equipment failures and act proactively to make cost-effective maintenance decisions. An additional of a layer of predictive analysis applied to already existing IT information help organizations identify issues before they occur and make real-time decisions. 

With higher integration of the above-mentioned principles, IIoT significantly reduce downtime and repair costs, as opposed to taking on a more reactive approach, making operations management smoothers and lead to a higher production efficiency.