IOT is not a buzzword anymore. What started years ago as a concept is now a full-fledged working model. Corporations, both big and small are jumping on the bandwagon to get the taste of its benefits. And one of the most benefited is the industries. Almost every industry has interlinked connections between its different units. But until recently, only a few industries could actively and productively use the data generated by these units.
The costs associated with setting up a network for these units meant only large corporations and other big business houses could afford them. But because of widespread use of automated technology and other development in IOT, the costs came down. This allowed industrial IOT to shine brightly.
While any change in the system operations is time-consuming and stressful, the benefits that it can bring are worth the risk. So here are 3 tips to help you get started with industrial IOT-
Start By Industrial IOT Evaluation
If you are just starting out, the first thing you should do is learn. Learn about IIOT. The implementation of IIOT is not much different than what most industrial units have been doing for years. IIOT is just like upgrading your machines. There will be new protocols, new training and new results that need to be monitored.
Just like you go with proper training and development for the new machine, you do the same with IIOT. Don’t get stuck with the pretentious jargon, focus on the basics of it. Sit down and brainstorm if it will be actually beneficial to your facility or not. Maybe your business needs don’t warrant an IIOT implementation at all.
Establish Your Goals
After going over the basics, learn about your goals. There are use case scenarios for IIOT in every form of industry. From oil rigs to transportation, from wind turbines to truck freights – every industry can have the piece of the IIOT cake. Usually, companies implement IIOT for following goals-
- Improving operation efficiency
- Improving productivity
- Creating new business opportunities
- Enhancing worker safety
- Reducing various asset costs
- Reducing downtime
- Predictive and preventive maintenance
You will have to familiarize yourself with the end goals and learn how you will implement them. The IIOT platform that you will implement should meet your specific use case scenarios. There are a huge number of available opportunities that you can take advantage of with IIOT. All you have to do is determine your end goals.
Check the Older Systems
What most businesses don’t realize is their current system is already automated to a large extent, especially if it was set up in the last decade. The main step that remains is getting them on board with IIOT data platform that can make use of this automation. The data generated by these systems need a manageable platform and this is what IIOT provides them.
You don’t have to start everything from scratch with the current IIOT systems. There are enough readymade systems that integrate easily without any major changes except to the network lines or computer systems. You can continue to run the existing system in parallel with the new network. IIOT will only augment the effectiveness.