If Consumer Internet of Things can solve a lot of particular client’s problems, the Industrial IoT solves general problems like increasing productivity, reducing faults and manufacturing waste. Thus, it is not surprising that industrial innovations are more substantial and much more costly As a result, only largest enterprises have already leveraged such innovation.
Airbus, a European aircraft manufacturer, is one of the pioneers of IoT innovation. This company has connected workers with robotic tools to an IoT platform. That helped to develop an innovative ‘cyber-physical’ approach, in which an Airbus worker can use a tablet or smart glasses for scanning an airplane’s metal skin and determine what size bolt is needed in a given hole, the torque required to install it. Then a robot receives this information and completes his task. Such a combination of IoT with augmented reality allows Airbus to speed up production while maintaining only highest quality and safety standards.
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With a strong incentive to build perfect autonomous vehicles, sure thing is that autonomous manufacturing is a key to success for Tesla. In Tesla’s Gigafactory, you’ll find Autonomous Indoor Vehicles (AIVs) which make transportation of materials among workstation much easier. Sophisticated logic algorithms are developed for these vehicles. They don’t need programmed paths for their functions. These vehicles can charge up by themselves and carry up to 130 lbs.
Shell implemented IoT devices that monitor oil fields. By this resulting enormous savings. This company deployed sensors as part of Shell’s “Digital Oilfield” project for Nigeria. Sensors provide pipeline surveillance with wellhead monitoring capabilities. Remote infrastructure in the Niger Delta is achieved as a result. All data gathered from sensors is processed and serves for support of the remote facility along with operations optimization. The platform analyzes such indicators as pressure, temperature, flow.
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Unlike to majority of large companies, Hitachi has a different approach towards innovation. While most other industrial conglomerates leverage partnerships to fill in all gaps in their IoT knowledge, Hitachi has more than 16,000 employees focused on technology development. While it offers an IoT platform known as Lumada, Hitachi also makes a plethora of products leveraging connected technology, including trains, which the company is beginning to sell as a service. Hitachi has also developed an IoT-enhanced production model that has slashed production lead times by half within its Omika Works division, which manufactures infrastructure for electricity, traffic, steel manufacturing, and other industries.
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The company partnered with Cisco to implement a wireless network across the entire facility. Many common plant floor tasks were digitized. Plant floor personnel traded clipboards with pens for iPads. They began to manage machine operations, as well as shipping and receiving activities right from the palm of their hand. The network allows them to do this by centralizing PLC data. Also, connecting operations to execution and logistics systems. The resulting environment improves and accelerates communication across the operation, and improves the efficiency of activities like maintenance and scheduling.
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