3 Ways that the IoT can Transform Your Manufacturing Business

Posted on: June 13, 2016 | By: Craig Thompson | QAD Business Process

Earlier this month at QAD's Explore 2016, the Internet of Things (IoT) was a hot topic of discussion within the manufacturing industry. For those of us still unaware of what exactly the IoT covers, it is the collective term for physical objects like machines, cameras, cars, etc. that are embedded with sensors that allow them to connect with other objects via the internet. This creates a real time integration between these objects and computer controlled systems to increase your productivity by tenfold.


Essentially, the IoT takes steps to automate manufacturing processes to avoid damage, automatically replenish parts, etc. all by themselves. It completely diminishes the need for human supervision in some more automatable fields. The IoT is a great way to increase productivity within your manufacturing organization. Read more for our top three ways that you can use this technological breakthrough to your advantage.


Real Time Visibility

One of the most effective benefits of the IoT is the ability to achieve real time visibility within your chain of production. With the help of ultrasonic sensors, the Internet of Things is able to  help real manufacturing companies measure temperature, humidity, air pressure and machine operating data as well as battery performance in real time so that you can actively track and trace productivity to specific batches every step along the way. Because they are able to track in real time, they are able to automatically adjust controls for optimal values.


Predict the Future

Thanks to the IoT, error can essentially be eliminated with smart technology's predictive capabilities. As parts are produced, they communicate with machines in a way that allows the machines to predict and act on what steps should be taken next. Processes can be controlled by IT, and are easily optimized to nearly eliminate your failure rate. Employees are only needed to supervise production in the case of accidental error and maintaining the technology. Because the IoT allows for the processing of larger amounts of data, users can predict product demand, evaluate plant performance and evaluate performance.


Error Reduction

Real time analytics means that surprise maintenance issues can now be a thing of the past. This automated software enhances preventative maintenance and detects potential failure before the problem arises. Pinpoint the location of potential errors to eliminate the problem right off the bat.


The Internet of Things has been around for quite some time, however due to its advances in recent years, it has really been able to thrive in the manufacturing industry. More companies than ever are turning to IoT production methods to cut costs, improve quality, and increase safety. QAD is no stranger to these trends, and is dedicated to providing its customers with the highest quality product on the market. Logan Consulting was recently recognized by QAD for our excellence in the industry, trust your manufacturing organization with the best. If you are considering upgrading to QAD cloud ERP software or even looking for ways to enhance your business through the IoT, contact us here to schedule a consultation.

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