2018: The Year of IoT
Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) can be accounted for significant value generation. The bike manufacturer Haley Davidson recently reported profitability of 4 percent by reducing its build-to-order cycle by a factor of 35 with an IoT-enabled manufacturing plant. Just in the automobile industry alone, another manufacturer, Rolls Royce claims to have achieved a gross saving of $250,000 correlating to fuel consumptions of airplane engines in a calendar year. All these statistics, originating from the Capgemini report, highlight the significance of IoT networks, powered by smaller and less power consuming apparatus that are responsible for data collection.
Automating manual bound processes alone goes a long way in saving a significant amount of resources. Consider a manufacturing plant, like that of the Harley Davidson. The assembly line, where most of the crucial parts are assembled to form a larger component or the vehicle itself, is manned by a large workforce. Since the assembly line would have already been automated for the perfect fit and finish, all an operator would need to do is look after the functioning of the assembly line. Through IoT devices, batch processing—a process followed to perform tasks one after the other—can be timely scheduled using various RFID and proximity sensors. The functionality of these sensors could be as simple as starting a machine but could turn out to be the differentiating factor that saves significant amount of resources in the long haul. Such minor automation strategies not only pave the way for smart labor but also result in the elimination of redundancy.
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