In today’s connected world, machines can communicate and coordinate with each other in ways that were not possible before. These brilliant machines are changing the way businesses work, enabling them to optimize efficiencies, boost productivity, reduce costs, and bring products and services to market faster. This major transformation is powered by the industrial Internet—which combines advances in computing and data collection to deliver advanced analytics to industry.
By connecting your machines and industrial big data, the industrial Internet enables you to better understand your operations. You can visualize how your assets and processes are behaving in real time and know what events occurred. What’s more, you can drive operations to their fullest potential based on key parameters such as market demand, weather conditions, plant environment, and load balancing.
Say you are a mining company and you need better visibility into your complex production processes to best control your operations. Solutions powered by the industrial Internet can, for example, help you monitor your processes and control loops. When a control loop is insufficient, you can quickly identify what changed and why. You can get to the root cause of the issue and gain better insight into your process and control problems to minimize deviations from set parameters.
The result: greater consistency, process optimization, and safe production.
In addition, to capture the full potential of optimization, you not only need to understand the current state of your operations, but also be able to predict what will happen. Although industrial machines have always issued early warnings, they were inconsistent and presented so that details often crowded out the most critical information. The advent of networked machines with embedded sensors and advanced analytics tools has changed that reality. Now you can leverage advanced analytics in context to predict, providing real-time operational intelligence to the people who need it to make the best decisions. Thus, you have intelligent foresight to take appropriate action and proactively avoid issues—a powerful capability that allows continuous operation.
To help companies take the industrial Internet journey, we developed the industrial Internet maturity model. It helps you assess where your organization falls on the spectrum of expected maturity or capabilities within the industrial Internet and discover the best solution pathway to achieve your business priorities.
There are five key steps in the model that build on each other to help you optimize performance:
The value of the model is that it is a solid solution path toward optimization. The assessment can be done across various levels—from your core assets and adjacent assets, to across your facility and enterprise. You can understand where your business is today in terms of adopting the industrial Internet and determine where you want to be in the future.
Ultimately, the industrial Internet allows you to combine brilliant machines with best-in-class analytics to deliver valuable new insights. The results of these insights can empower your business to avoid unplanned downtime, maximize profitability, and transform your technology infrastructure.
Forward-looking companies have begun to embrace the industrial Internet to drive new performance highs and generate value like never before. They are leveraging connectivity and analytics to achieve their business priorities—whether it is increasing throughput, improving product quality, driving resource efficiency, shortening response times, or other valuable outcomes.
The industrial Internet is a journey—one that can lead businesses to a new wave of productivity gains and performance optimization. And it has meaningful implications for us all.
Source: ISA News