Revolutionizing Manufacturing Industry with IoT and Edge Computing Solutions
With the industries growing at a faster pace, manufacturing industries are no way left behind in adopting modern technologies. While IoT, artificial intelligence, robotics are playing a great role, the industry is moving towards edge computing to enhance the responsiveness of their manufacturing operations.
The adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other technologies has streamlined the manufacturing processes to keep up with the dynamic market. These modern technologies that manufacturing facilities employ are recognized as the Industrial IoT or IIoT, taking the notion of automation to the next stage. For further improvements in IIoT-enabled facilities, the new concept of smart manufacturing with edge computing has arisen.
Edge computing has the potential to make the existing manufacturing processes more intelligent and autonomous for more responsiveness and dexterity.
With technological advancement taking place, data plays an important role in today’s competitive era. To be on par with the competition, manufacturers are transforming their operations with innovative edge solutions to access real-time data of their production environment.
The combination of IIoT and edge solutions enable the systems to take immediate actions or precautions to optimize manufacturing operations from machinery performance, equipment maintenance to logistics, supply chain, and factory security.
Edge computing combines with most of the processing and storage elements of the IoT networks nearby to the points where data is collected and where the actions are required.
Here are some of the benefits that manufacturers can gain by implementing smart manufacturing with edge computing:
Today’s technology-driven manufacturing environments are surrounded by many sensors and devices and a lot of data relies on the manual process. The infrastructure with edge solutions enables manufacturers to automate the regulation of the system and track their responses to unusual conditions.
With real-time feedback, these smart and intelligent systems can automatically rectify some problems proactively and then alert the operators of the factor.
Production Planning, Scheduling, and Quality inspection
The amalgamation of IoT and edge solutions have the potential to improve the quality of production through better planning and scheduling along with real-time monitoring of manufacturing lines.
Consider that a production process needs more than 200 manual inspections which were taking up to 30 percent of total production time. With the adoption of the smart edge solution infrastructure, the intelligent system can deliver real-time insights to the manufacturers to track on-site problems.
Also, smart infrastructure has the ability to detect faults or faulty products. It helps to automatically remove or rectify those defective products from a production line. This will ease the production and manufacturing process and can fasten the process than any human inspector.
For example, IMS Evolve works with one of the major U.K supermarket chains that use edge computing to automatically set the right temperature of refrigerators to comply with standard food quality, to avoid waste and to lessen expensive refrigeration over chill.
With smart infrastructure distributed across the supply chain, it reduces the cost of installing high-capacity cloud servers for data transfer. Due to edge computing, manufacturers can reduce the cost of setting and maintaining high-bandwidth connectivity.
Though IoT has tonnes of benefits in the manufacturing industry, its integration with edge computing can help manufacturing businesses to gain a competitive advantage in the global manufacturing industry.