Industrial IoT has accelerated hybrid operation and automation during my pandemic period. Businesses have gained significant advantages by adopting new and more flexible ways of doing business. Proving itself in different usage scenarios, from asset tracking to employee health and safety, to ensure the smooth operation of supply chains, industrial IoT devices add efficiency and continuity to companies working remotely. Turkey's most experienced distributor company, Redington Turkey, makes significant contributions to the growth of the IIoT market with the products and solutions it offers.
Remote work, which has become widespread with the pandemic, seems to continue to be permanent in our lives by evolving into hybrid work in the last period of normalization steps. The new normal of work is pushing businesses to find ways to continue working outside of traditional workplace environments.
According to a survey by Workplace Group Global Workspace, 69% of businesses in the US say they have a flexible workspace policy. The research predicts that this rate will gradually increase given the current global health crisis. Industrial IoT (IIoT), an important element of Industry 4.0, plays an important role in ensuring business continuity and efficiency by staying connected with each other and with their companies' machines, equipment and other technological devices.
What is IIoT, what does it do?
The IIoT consists of internet-connected machines and advanced analytics platforms that process the data they generate. IIoT devices range from small environmental sensors to complex robots. Although "industrial" sözcüAlthough the ubiquity evokes warehouses, shipyards and factories, IIoT technologies hold serious promise for industries as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, financial services, retail and advertising.
Industrial IoT market continues to grow with the pandemic
A recent study by Juniper Research identified smart manufacturing as a key growth area of the IIoT market for the next five years. This projection means 2025 billion connected devices by 22. The realization of the growth indicated by the research means that the number of IIoT devices globally will increase from 2020 billion in 17,7 to 2025 billion in 36,8, which means an overall growth rate of 107%.
It is possible to summarize IIoT's contributions to operational efficiency and customer experience, especially in the field of production, during the pandemic period.
Equipment monitoring and preventive maintenance with sensors
In the pandemic period, where digitalization accelerated, when employees from different industries could not be in the field due to health problems or had to work remotely due to health problems, companies monitored assets remotely and ensured the efficient progress of operations in order to reduce job losses, increase productivity and plan for deficiencies. The most important contribution of IIoT to manufacturing companies has been automated and digitized preventive maintenance. This increased productivity and enabled more efficient operations.
The pandemic has revolutionized the workforce. The new normal requires businesses and companies to put the safety of their employees first. So how did IIoT keep employees safe during the pandemic? Companies are better equipped to keep their workplaces safe using data collected from IIoT. This was achieved, for example, by identifying areas where the majority of injuries occur and where machines break down frequently.
Employee training is a vital process for any industry or manufacturing unit. Through the use of IIoT, companies can also train their remote employees. With the adoption of IoT during the onboarding process and technical orientation of new employees, they have ensured a seamless experience for both employees and the company.
Other IIoT applications that support remote work
Industrial IoT was used by many companies, especially in the manufacturing sector, in many areas from predictive maintenance to real-time shipping. The pandemic has driven rapid adoption of IIoT technologies to truly build smarter factories, cities and supply chains. So, what other use cases can IIoT facilitate companies' business processes?
Monitor conditions in the field with drones
When workers are encouraged or required to spend less time on a construction site or factory due to social distancing rules, drones can take their place to monitor facilities independently, both indoors and out. Drones can identify hazards or non-compliance issues and notify managers to prevent errors that lead to accidents.
Offer remote support via augmented reality
In distributed networks where real-time support remains critical, including healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, and machine-intensive industries, augmented reality (AR) can also be used to train new employees, improve skills of existing employees, or reduce the cost and time required to provide services.
Increase logistics efficiency with connected transportation and drones
Companies can use IIoT technology in their supply chain management and logistics processes. As employee health concerns escalate at logistics and order delivery globally during the coronavirus pandemic, companies have continued to operate in retail, logistics, shipping and delivery services using connected technologies, robots and drones.
Redington Turkey leads the growth of the market with its industrial solutions
Redington Turkey, Turkey's most experienced distributor company in informatics, which enables businesses to rediscover the world of design with artificial intelligence-linked 3D product design solutions with its solution partners, makes significant contributions to the growth of the IIoT market with the products and solutions it offers. The company offers its innovative solutions in many fields, from computer-aided graphic-design to product lifecycle management, from augmented reality to IIoT solutions, to its business partners and customers in Turkey and its know-how in the world.
Cem Borhan, General Manager of Redington Turkey, Regarding the different uses of IIoT in the near future, he said: “The next step in using IIoT in supply chain processes will be teams of robots and drones to navigate through a warehouse or store, scanning shelves to pick up items to be delivered. For example, in remote working processes, robots and drones will more commonly use 2D and 3D cameras to automate tedious and time-consuming stocktaking and pick list creation. Autonomous robots and drones connected via the IoT will be able to quickly and efficiently deliver goods to their next destination, whether it's to another point in the supply chain or directly to consumers. Although some of the applications I mentioned are already in use, the digital revolution in this field will come as it becomes widespread throughout the industry. All these scenarios will mean lower delivery costs and more efficient delivery processes for companies.”