With IoT going full force in the technology world, more and more businesses are jumping onto the bandwagon. A few years back, I was in its infancy. Engineers and innovators were still coming up with designs and ideas on implementing it in the best way possible. Fast forward a few years, and the IoT platforms and devices are everywhere. Both domestic and industrial areas are covered now, with Industrial IoT being the torchbearer for this movement.
Research has shown many businesses are ready to implement IIOT structures and networks in their workflow. But the main limitation comes from the lack of the initial push and lack of objectives. Unless they are ready to answer why IIOT is important for them, getting IIOT successfully integrated is a difficult task.
So here are 7 helpful tips that would help you to understand and get started with IIOT in your business workflow –
Use the Data
IIOT is nothing but an intelligent system of connected smart devices that talk to each other over a network. This network generates a lot of data that can be used for making a major decision related to operations or management. Unless you are ready to use this data, there is no benefit to investing money and time resources.
Decide Your Main Objective
IIOT platforms can be applied to many applications. Some of the common action plans are for the following cases –
- Preventive maintenance
- Predictive maintenance
- Energy consumption
- In-line quality sensors
- Batch optimization
- Inventory planning
Knowing the applications will make decision making easier in the end.
Focus on the Basics
Before implementing the fastest and biggest systems, start with the basics first. Implement a small system in a part of the operations and note the results. Also, be sure to upgrade your underlying network systems as the IIOT system will only work as good as the foundation.
Keep Your Control Systems and Automation Systems Separate
First-time IIOT users make the mistake of merging both the control and automation systems in one. It would help if you kept them separate as the automation systems’ main task is to collect and distribute data. This way, both the systems will work independently and not strain the whole network at once.
The Cloud Can Wait
You don’t need the absolute best cloud-based network to begin with. A simple and controlled local area based network is more than enough for most organizations. Introducing the internet can make things messy and also raises the dangers of data security.
Train the End-User
For most of your employees, the IIOT platforms will be completely new. In some processes, the way of working may completely change, and this can affect overall productivity. To ensure the actual operations are not hampered due to lack of training, invest time in training and getting the workers up to date with the systems.
Use the Data to Make Improvements
You can have the best database of temperature controlled automatic blowing techniques in the world, but unless you will use this data and make improvements in your existing workflow, it is of no use. Make improvements, as simple as that.