How IIoT can prevent manufacturing problems before they occur

Posted on 29 Mar 2018 by Jonny Williamson

Manufacturers are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to enable better safety protocols and quicker fixes to maintenance issues, a new report has shown.

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Iot solutions can optimise efficiency throughout labor, operations and logistics – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

Safety malfunctions on the factory floor, the construction site or at points along the supply chain are costly and potentially dangerous instances.

Especially IIoT technologies can make a meaningful difference to improve working conditions and overall efficiency, according to a new report from PSFK.

Increasingly, manufacturers and other industry professionals are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to optimise efficiency throughout labor, operations and logistics.

Specifically, IIoT-connected devices can help to ensure that workers maintain proper safety protocols and adhere to instructions.

At the same time, real-time analytics and aggregate performance data drawn from IIoT sensors inform manufacturers or third-party services of past and present conditions with the goal of accurately forecasting maintenance issues before they occur.

To better understand the ways in which IoT is enabling better safety practices, PSFK researchers recently looked into the trends of “safety control” and “predictive troubleshooting” within the realm of manufacturing, as illustrated by the following examples:

Network-less areas

To overcome the difficulties of pursuing safe construction work in network-less areas, IoT sensors can ensure that job sites can maintain proper productivity and safety needs.

IoT solution for network-less areas provide job sites with an agnostic network framework by embedding sensors in equipment and worker tools to keep track of workers, reduce errors and ensure safety compliance.

Listening to equipment vibrations

IoT can help industrial customers understand when equipment needs maintenance by “listening” to its vibrations. The vibration sensor feeds data about the vibrations wirelessly to the cloud, analyses it and presents it to users.

IoT vests to shift heavy loads

A vest with integrated sensors can shift heavy loads from injury-prone parts of the body to stronger areas. These devices make the wearer adopt proper lifting positions, helping them avoid any potential injuries.

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