Manufacturing today entails immediate yet informed decision making. However, with increasing levels of sophistication and production, senior leadership often has limited time to make optimum decisions pertaining to the number of unanticipated issues surfacing from time to time. These issues—if not managed properly and timely—can lead to defects and wastes.
Top global enterprises are utilizing innovation and creative ways to enable prompt decision making. Specifically, they are using Internet of Things (IoT) to effectively handle critical aspects of manufacturing. Successful implementation of a Manufacturing IoT system facilitates in automating key tasks, decisions and processes; curtailing scrap and rework; and enhancing productivity.
People often object to implementing an IoT system by citing other important projects that they are already undertaking and the resource and time constraints as pressing hurdles. To work around these limitations, manufacturers can engage 3rd party consultants having proven expertise in end-to-end successful IoT, Asset Tracking, and manufacturing systems deployment.
Implementing a Manufacturing IoT System leverages immense benefits, including:
However, harnessing IoT necessitates careful deliberation and planning. The core requirements to effectively implement a Manufacturing IoT system can be segregated into 2 broad categories:
Functional Requirements (FR) describe the system or its components. FR provide a description of services that the Manufacturing IoT system must offer. FR for Manufacturing IoT may include:
All systems require availability of certain software resources, functionalities, or other hardware components. These prerequisites have to be met in the design of a system. Typical System Requirements for manufacturing IoT may include:
Let’s delve deeper into some of the Functional Requirements for now.
The system should be able to manage multiple assets and add new assets. It should be capable of:
The IoT system should be able to:
The system should maintain:
The IoT manufacturing system should record all maintenance needs and maintenance activity performed on an asset. Specifically it should:
The IoT manufacturing system should:
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