Manufacturing today goes beyond the physical construction of goods. Mechanics is the crux of production, of course, but the ability to collect and analyze manufacturing data is now critical to a company's success. Harnessed properly, insights from the data from your production floor communication systems can promote improved monitoring and control of costs associated with manufacturing.
With so many machines connected to the internet through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data points are everywhere. What's more, IIoT technologies can push data to the cloud and be monitored from anywhere users have a mobile device. Industrial Internet of Things means leveraging predictive maintenance so that less time is spent managing equipment, which allows companies to focus on innovation and expanded offerings.
But with so many devices capable of producing data, they all compete for bandwidth on the network, helping to create latency, prioritization and quality of service issues. Improved efficiency of machine applications enabled by network infrastructure leads to better, more readily available data that your team can understand and act upon
Despite all the progress on the machine front, people continue to play a critical role. Production floor communication between humans and machines is complicated by the proliferation of connections between devices, people and machines (or "things").
A clear strategy for collecting and analyzing your manufacturing data can help you maximize your information to yield the best results from all your assets—both human and machine—on the factory floor.