It is commonly defined as the fourth industrial revolution, since the integration of data, automation systems, connected objects and robotics is kicking off an evolutive jump in the way of conceiving manufacturing world. But the truth is that it’s just the beginning of a process destined not to stop anymore, a constantly innovative cycle that will bring industry towards new horizons, such as mass customization and real time production.
One of the engines of this transformation is the Internet of Thing: thanks to it, objects (machines, vehicles and products themselves) made of sensors and connectivity, can dialogue to each other and with centralized platforms or devices of collection and data analysis, enabling networks and applications that allow to monitor devices position, performance and wear condition according to the ecosystem in which they operate.
The deriving overall vision allows to improve efficiency and productivity, reducing management costs and plant maintenance.
The ecosystems deriving from the interaction among connected objects becomes truly interesting if connected to Business Intelligence (BI) platforms, that cross the data generated by sensors with context elements, KPIs and other indexes to evaluate the impact that strategies, initiatives, variations on use (or expansion) can have. In this way it is possible to carry out simulations before allocating resources.