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Smart factories are an important part of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Electricity+Control, March 2017 (pages 8 – 9)
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The term IoT describes the technologies that connect objects-from consumer electronics to industrial components-to the internet. Meanwhile, the Industrial Internet of Things (or IIoT) refers specifically to the impact of this innovation on industrial applications. IoT/IIoT technologies together create ‘smart’ networks. For example, the wireless technologies of a smart home connect homeowners to almost anything in the house-from their garage door to their refrigerator-and allow remote access via smart phone. Similarly, a smart factory provides plant managers with remote access to wirelessly-connected machines-as well as access to a wealth of data on the operation of those machines-by automating the communication between industrial automation equipment and systems. Data availability is one of the hallmarks of IIoT because it allows businesses to leverage data more meaningfully, including enabling predictive maintenance for machines. Three key capabilities of smart factories are: Remote Monitoring, Predictive Maintenance, and Process Optimisation:
- A smart factory provides plant managers with remote access to wirelessly-connected machines.
- A smart factory enables access to a wealth of data on the operation of the machines by automating the communication between the industrial automation equipment and systems.
- Data availability is one of the hallmarks of IIoT – allowing businesses to leverage data meaningfully and enabling predictive maintenance for machines.
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