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7 Industrial Applications of the Internet of Things (IoT)
7 Industrial Applications of the Internet of Things (IoT)
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Here are 7 great IoT applications that industrial businesses can make use of.

January 16, 2019

The internet of things (IoT) is a developing technology that connects machines and everyday items to the internet to enable 'smart' devices. Industrial businesses are increasingly using the IoT to reduce their costs, improve their bottom line and streamline their workflow.

Here are 7 IoT applications that are most commonly used by industrial businesses across the UK:

1. Remotely controlling machines

The internet of things is becoming widely used by industrial businesses who have a need to control machines remotely. Industrial businesses are taking advantage of the ever increasing 4G network for a reliable connection allowing them to remotely control their machines.

Using a remote workstation or an onsite remote, these industrial businesses can relay their instructions to the machine's own SIM card using a cellular data connection. This eliminates the risk of manually operating dangerous machinery and helps industrial businesses streamline their processes and decrease their safety costs.

Some businesses even use game console controllers such as an Xbox or PlayStation controller to remotely control heavy machinery. This is both cost effective and intuitive as the controllers can be reprogrammed to control the IoT enabled machine.

PlayStation 4 Controller
Industiral businesses are using game controllers to control their machines with IoT

2. Remote monitoring of machines/devices

Remote monitoring is a great way for industrial businesses to decrease their running costs. 'Roaming' SIM cards can be implemented into machines or devices that allows them to connect to the strongest available network (such as O2, EE or Vodafone) to rely raw data back to a companies headquarters or control room.

This vital data can display GPS data, battery life, or just about any other piece of data that the machine produces. The internet of things can relay this data for engineers and maintenance staff to keep tabs on from back at base. This can significantly reduce an industrial businesses running costs by removing the need for a permanent onsite engineer for each machine or device.

3. Running remote diagnostics tests

Industrial businesses across the UK are implementing remote diagnostics procedures to help troubleshoot any issues in their machines or devices. Using an IoT data SIM that connects to the strongest available network, businesses can run diagnostics tests on devices and machines from their control centre of office.

This, similar to remotely monitoring a machine, prevents the need for an onsite engineer visit and helps reduce a businesses bottom line. It also allows a quicker response to issues as things like travel time are eliminated and diagnostics data is sent in real time.

The IoT is making factory automation affordable and reliable.

4. Factory automation

Some UK industries are turning to the internet of things to improve the automation in their factories. Manufacturing businesses and factories may find that the IoT is a cost effective way to automate processes on the factory floor. Helping improve efficiency and safety.

One of the most common examples of factory automation using the internet of things is having machines and humans work alongside one another to create a better and faster workflow. IoT enabled factories often have a reduced cost as they can reduce the number of staff on the factory floor whilst the increased automation can often increase production rates.

5. Robotics

A great way for industrial businesses to improve their workflow is to increase the use of IoT enabled robotics. Robot's in factories and industry is nothing new, however, newer, 'smart' robots are beginning to come into use. Industrial usinessesa re starting to use these smart robots that can feedback to a command centre and communicate to one another.

Using a machine 2 machine IoT SIM, robots can send data back and forth to each other or their human counterparts and make decisions based on this data. Implementing robots can help minimise the risk of safety to staff members and can improve automation across the board.

6. Assembly line management

Assembly lines are the backbone of manufacturing, and improving their efficiency can dramatically reduce industrial businesses running costs. The internet of things is a great place to start in assembly line management. Using IoT data SIMS, a business can send data to and from different parts of the assembly line to a control centre - this control centre can use this data to ensure the line is running at optimum performance.

UK industry is also using IoT to allow different parts of the assembly line to communicate to one another. By sending machine 2 machine data using 4G network and SIM cards, different parts of the assembly line can 'talk' to one another to increase efficiency and minimise backups. The internet of thins is a great way for industrial businesses to cut their costs.

7. Machine 2 Machine (M2M) communications

Machine 2 Machine is a modern form of connectivity that allows a machine or a device to communicate with another machine or device, both using a 4G network. Industrial businesses are using this application of IoT to increase the safety and efficiency in their business.

Ocado recently announced that they use M2M and IoT in their warehouse robots to ensure that they don't crash into one another. They created a vast network fo these robots to communicate to one another and this has helped them reduce their running costs dramatically as well as improve the safety on their warehouse floor.

The internet of things is a big advancement in communications technology. Having IoT enabled devices and machines in your industrial business could see benefits beyond comparison. For more information about the internet of things, machine 2 machine or IoT SIM cards for your business, give us a call on 01934 882200 or email us at sales@commsplus.co.uk

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