Thursday, August 6, 2015

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and MTConnect

We are in the hype phase right now with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  The hype phase is where real-life questions are not asked. 

The single most important question is, "so, how do connect all of these 'things' together and easily get meaningful data from them?" Sound familiar to those of you who have tried to connect your machine tools? It should, because this is a fundamental problem and it has been answered by MTConnect. 

What we are seeing with shop floor monitoring companies and MTConnect enabled manufacturers is a significant increase in how to deploy sensors to augment their dashboards and reports to improve performance and lower costs through additional data. Simple examples such as adding coolant, temperature, pressure, pH, noise, analog and digital sensors is just the start. There has been a sensor group for many years at the MTConnect Institute and IIoT will drive increased membership for companies who want to MTConnect enable their devices, sensors and other 'things'. MTConnect is the pathway for IIoT success in manufacturing."