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How Industrial IoT will shape the future of Smart Manufacturing

Both Smart Manufacturing and Smart Product Development will benefit from Industrial Internet of Things, according to the new book from Uthayan Elangovan.

In recent years, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has transformed industries in the way they previously operated, communicated and utilized data. Traditionally, industrial manufacturers have not been seen as first movers in digital transformation. However, with the introduction and widespread implementation of Industrial IoT, changes have come at a rapid pace. An industry that was once slow to evolve is now digitizing at a lightning speed.

Our February book club read was Product Lifecycle Management, A Digital Journey Using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by Uthayan Elangovan, CEO of Neel Smartec. In this book, Uthayan summarizes the essential topics of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the era of Industry 4.0.

The book discusses emerging technologies, their contribution towards enhancing product design, development, and manufacturing.

It also presents the integration of PLM to key solutions with an enterprise such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with IIoT and integration of mechanical, electronic components, embedded systems, firmware, and software focusing on smart design, development, and manufacturing in the digital transformation journey.

The book provides a high-level overview of how smart product development through smart manufacturing materializes within the smart ecosystem. Manufacturing professionals, designers, mechanical, electrical, electronics, instrumentation and industrial engineers, information, and communication technology consultants and those working in production planning, process control, and operations will find this book valuable.

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But first, what is Industrial IoT (IIoT)?

IoT technologies exist all around us – all those interconnected devices we use like wearable technologies and virtual assistants are made possible by IoT. Industrial IoT, then, is taking the digital interconnectivity we’ve come to depend on and applying it to massive manufacturing operations, where the risks are higher, but the payoff is greater.

IIoT leverages the power of smart machines and real-time analytics to take advantage of the data that dumb machines have produced in industrial settings for years.

The biggest benefit of IIoT is that it gives manufacturers the ability to automate, and therefore optimize their operating efficiency. Robotics and automated machinery can work more efficiently and accurately, boosting productivity and helping manufacturers streamline their functions.

Additionally, physical machinery can be connected to software via sensors that monitor performance on a constant basis. This enables manufacturers to have better insights into the operational performance of individual pieces of equipment as well as entire fleets.

Industrial IoT empowers manufacturers to digitize nearly every part of their business. By reducing manual process and entries, manufacturers are able to reduce the biggest risk associated with manual labor – human error.


A seasoned pro

Uthayan is a seasoned PLM pro with 16 years of dynamic experience, which ranges from product lifecycle management (PLM) to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) consulting for assorted scope of associations, including automotive, electrical, medical, industrial, and electronics enterprises. He help and lead PLM, IIoT usage and sub-ventures with cutting edge collaboration tools and techniques give consulting to worldwide clients. Energetic about PLM, IIoT and its effect on product development guaranteeing PLM – IIoT system meets client deliverable’s while supporting business process.

He believes firmly in the power of advocating the advantages of PLM and Industrial IoT – from inside manufacturing companies to the academic world.


There is a huge gap between the academic world and the manufacturing industry

Uthayan also believes that a greater connection between the professional manufacturing industry and the academic world is needed to raise the awareness level of these new technologies. In this episode of Minerva PLM TV, he introduces ideas to tie these two worlds closer together.


What are your thoughts?

Is Industrial IoT completely new to you? Are you considering transforming your engineering digitalization? And have you got other valuable experiences you want to share with us?

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