The internet of things is not a new concept anymore. What began as asking the weather for the day has quickly evolved into asking digital assistants to perform a string of connected tasks. These connected tasks called routines set off one action after the other. For example, once you turn off your alarm, the next action is set into motion to open your curtains, play your morning playlist, and turn on your coffee maker. This happens because of the Internet of things.
The Internet is in everyday things: smart blinds, smart plugs, and your digital assistant’s integration with music services.
According to Gartner, there will be around 20 billion “connected things” by 2020.
Similarly, Industrial IoT Solutions streamline the operations carried out in the factories by connecting all the machines with the internet.
They take the daily taxing, time-consuming, repetitive tasks and automates them. The automation saves a lot of time, resources and reduces the risk of human error.
Let’s explore the internet functions in the automotive industry.
Reasons why IIoT is required in the Automotive Industry:
- The automotive industry is one that uses heavy machinery to make heavy machinery. Humans are prone to making errors, but machines, when programmed right, have much lesser odds of making mistakes.
- In the automobile industry, making a mistake even in a single unit can cost someone their life. So a lot of responsibility goes into making vehicles.
- The requirement of vehicles, however, goes up year after year. In 2019, the automobile industry expects to sell about 79 million units worldwide.
How IIoT is improving the Automobile Manufacturing Process:
Vehicle manufacturing generally happens in two parts, manufacturing of parts and then the assembly of the vehicle. And both the processes need to be precise. An error of a centimeter would render a part useless.
But then the industrial internet of things is not called the fourth wave of the industrial revolution for no reason.
Bird’s Eye View: IIoT solutions show a bird’s eye view of everything. Once equipped in your business, it can also predict the long-term issues your products may face. An intelligent tool can calculate the longevity of the vehicle making hardware that you are using.
IIot solutions will also take care of efficiency. With the help of the right sensors on machines, you can build robotic arms that can carefully carry parts of vehicles from point A to B or assemble the vehicles.
Software Updates: Industrial IoT solutions help you cut down on errors this way. Machines enabled with IIoT can also work round the clock and can be upgraded by software updates.
Predictive Asset Tracking: IIoT also gives the ability to check up on the health of the machines itself. Generally, in an automobile manufacturing factory, production stops every month to conduct maintenance. With predictive asset tracking, the machine will be able to alert the support staff whenever it requires maintenance. This means production doesn’t need to stop until it is actually necessary. It means that the sales target is easier to achieve and the industry can fulfill customer demand effectively.
Similarly, you can configure asset tracking into the vehicles themselves. A vehicle that alerts the user about services, or feature breakdowns, could potentially avoid road accidents and help keep people safe.
Industrial IoT solutions are a boon to large factories. They can help make a safer and efficient work environment. Of course, in an industry like the automobile, it also helps move things along faster, just constantly churning out profits.
25% of the automobile industry has already implemented IoT solutions and are going to increase their R&D budget to 27% in lieu of the 19% that they spend today. This industry is leading the IIoT implementation among other ones that also use heavy machinery.
In the end…
I would like to emphasize the importance of the fact that technology moves forward every day. Adding IIoT to your machines prepares them for a future of innovation, and gives you the benefits before the rest of the industry joins the club. It secures your business from falling behind.
P.S. Stay tuned to know how IIoT is enhancing the driving experience.
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