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Sensors in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Monday, April 1, 2019

When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), they usually give all the attention to smart devices, when in fact it’s the sensors that should be credited for making IoT a reality. Without these small innovations, IoT would be nothing but a dream. Sensors can be easily attached to anything to record data and send it back for processing. This allows different machines and devices to communicate with one another and use the data to carry out their designated tasks.

Understanding Industrial IoT (IIoT)

The definition of Industrial IoT is simple – the use of IoT technologies in the industrial landscape. IIoT incorporates big data and machine learning technology, harnessing automation technologies and sensor data in industrial settings. The philosophy that drives IIoT is that machines powered by IoT technologies are much better than humans at capturing and relaying data. They do this with higher degree of consistency and accuracy. Companies can recognize their problems and inefficiencies sooner with this data. Thus, IoT technologies can help them cut costs and support their intelligence efforts.

In manufacturing, IIoT holds remarkable potential for green and sustainable practices, quality control, and efficiency in supply chain.
Accenture reports that operational efficiency of the Industrial IoT is one of its key attractions and the early adopters of the technology are thinking to benefit from it. By introducing more flexible manufacturing techniques and automation, manufacturers can increase their productivity by almost 30 percent.

Sensors in IIoT

Looking at the benefits and use-cases of IIoT, it’s essential to examine the role of sensors in the whole equation. While machine learning, software and other technologies analyze data collected from objects – sensors are necessary to gather that data. Software is the IIoT’s brain while sensors are its nervous system, tasked to collect and supply steams of valuable data to brains. Industrial systems need sensors for accurate, reliable and consistent data for automation. It can also be argued that IIoT isn’t possible without sensors as without them, there wouldn’t be any data for software to work on.

Innovation in sensor technology is essential to leverage the full potential of IoT. More effective and powerful sensors will provide valuable data for analysis. This, in turn, will improve the manufacturing processes. Simply adding advanced software with automation systems isn’t enough to add more functionality and value to them. Sensors that can leverage embedded computing can help make IIoT more powerful by creating intelligent, refined information in real time at the source of data and then communicate that back to main control system.

Although the Industrial IoT market is relatively young, it’s already valued at over USD 102 billion. By 2020, the sector’s worth will likely be over USD 150 billion, indicating a major global interest in the Industrial IoT technologies. Rilco Industrial Controls will be there to assist companies adapt IIoT by providing sensors and other products required for automation through Industrial IoT.



 
 
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