Integrating wireless sensors with Industry 4.0 and IoT
Wireless sensors are deeply entrenched within the complex systems that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. Technology continues to move at a rapid pace, and with that comes a renewed interest in the integration of wireless sensors with other networks and platforms.
Read on to discover how we’ve made our wireless sensors engage with Industry 4.0 and the IoT in ways that increase productivity, promote future growth, and enable smarter decision-making.
Data Collection & Storage
Having intelligent wireless sensors is incredibly advantageous to industries that want to cut maintenance costs, and it is becoming increasingly widespread amongst machine-based businesses, but what happens with all the resulting data? In short, how do we process and compile the information that the sensors collect?
IoT allows for complex communication between a huge network of sensors and, in many situations, this is then compiled into a variety of other data networks. Add to this the pervasive nature of cloud-based applications and our data starts to be intricately linked with other streams of information – all in real-time – which can then be analysed further and processed. Connections can be made that bring the data together in useable and highly interactive ways, allowing the user to understand and interpret the data in the way they see fit.
At the end of the day though, it all starts with the sensor – as all automation that follows afterwards is reliant on the origin: the raw data. This is where powerful wireless sensors become crucial, as they form the backbone onto which millions of other intricate processes and workflows are built. Because these new concepts are still being explored to their full potential, the scope and the potential impact that wireless sensors can have on the IoT and Industry 4.0 is virtually limitless. However, one thing is certain: it is the manufacturers themselves who will benefit most from this complex integration.
Using data to fuel automation and communication
Industry 4.0 will allow manufacturing companies to implement complicated automation processes that can aid productivity and maximise efficiency. Raw data from these sensors can then be transformed and computed into automated decisions, which can allow AI applications to become more widespread amongst manufacturing companies.
The synergy between Industry 4.0 and wireless sensors allows manufacturers to engage in a hyper-efficient production process that enables automation wherever possible and provides deep, granular insights into your final output. The result is an intelligent, data driven system that effectively nullifies the influence of human (read non-data-backed) errors, which minimises wastage and improves safety.
Wireless Sensors are the building blocks
Ensuring that all these processes work properly means starting at the fundamental core of where it all begins: the wireless sensors that collect all the data. Once the reliability and accuracy of these is comprised, the whole network, with all its delicate intricacies and dependencies, crumbles.
These sensors enable important decision makers to do so with added confidence, which is a huge transition away from the traditional model of manufacturing and maintenance. Powerful raw data can help expose wider inefficiencies in a constant feedback cycle that is inherently working towards the most productive version of the system itself. Optimised production doesn’t happen on a trial and error basis; it happens when an arsenal of data and information is applied to the decision-making process in a formulaic and automatic manner.
Investing in good wireless sensors doesn’t just allow you to optimise your current systems. It also allows you to build and develop new ideas based on all sorts of valuable information and data. Connecting things further with Big Data and real-time analytics will even allow these systems to build up automated processes that anticipate issues and react in intelligent ways.
We realise that the future of production and manufacturing starts with a well-designed sensor that can withstand, adapt, and react to its environment. Contact us today for more information about our intelligent wireless sensors and the way they will integrate seamlessly within the rest of your workflow and business processes.