Top 4 Trends in IoT for Smart Manufacturing

By: Steve Jones

17, October, 2016


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As the Internet of Things (IoT)—the internetworking of physical items embedded with the software and connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data—creates a fourth industrial revolution, smart manufacturing is making waves across all industries. More than ever before, smart manufacturing has the potential to arm factory operators with data, to optimize plants, and to control inventory with disruptive global technologies that will create new levels of productivity. Eight leading experts in IoT, representing industries ranging from business consulting to film animation to strategy development and infrastructure planning, have come together to explore the trends currently defining this space.


Tom O’Malley, CEO of Convetit, will be speaking on the Smart Manufacturing Panel: Automation, Advanced Manufacturing and the Workforce within our Connected Industry track on Thursday 20th October at 02:00PM



  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

IIoT, which is the use of IoT technologies within manufacturing, has the potential for implementation on factory floors ensuing in the immediate benefit of production speed, efficiency, and quality.


  • Cloud Computing

The immediacy of the data uploaded and shared from beacons, sensors, and other such systems, has drastically impacted the ability to anticipate system needs, obtain inventory and supply-chain information, and thus reduce downtime between machines, suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. Without cloud computing to distribute and keep critical information, the IIoT loses its greatest leverage: its ability to share critical updates in real time.


  • Artificial Intelligence

The huge influx of big data generated by IIoT systems generates the essential need to be able to extract meaning, trends, and predictions from this data. Machine learning and artificial intelligence offer the ability to distill patterns, anticipate relevant information, and point out anomalies in the information generated by IIoT systems, further refining and enhancing productivity.


  • Smart Sensors

Sensors are a critical component of recording, generating, and relaying information regarding everything from packaging to individual parts of a machine by recording it and uploading it to the cloud. More accurate sensors, measuring everything from temperature and volume to time and usage, create the flow of information that acts as an underpinning of the IIoT.


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