Internet of Things (IoT) is driving a new industrial IoT (IIOT) revolution. With the availability of low-cost sensors and high demand for optimizing complex manufacturing processes, more companies are adopting IoT technologies. In fact, a recent McKinsey & Company study found that 80 to 100 percent of all manufacturing and industrial settings could benefit from the application of IoT by 2025. IoT is changing everything including autonomous factory systems and robotics, the connected workforce, and factory asset optimization. This shift will ultimately lead to productivity gains and decreased costs – all impacting the bottom line for manufacturing and industrial companies.
Next week at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial and manufacturing trade fair, Intel and our partners will showcase IoT solutions that are helping change the way industrial and manufacturing facilities connect, communicate and create innovative products for the future.
Intel IoT Platform: Providing Intelligence Across Factories
Intel’s IoT Platform for manufacturing and industrial applications provides a blueprint for a more secure end-to-end solution by connecting the unconnected. This allows data from billions of devices, sensors and databases to be gathered, exchanged, stored and analyzed. OEMs, ODMs and systems integrators can now develop and deploy solutions using Intel building blocks across multiple Intel IoT solutions. This enables them to deliver products faster by reducing solution complexity and providing actionable intelligence through a defined, repeatable foundation for devices to connect and deliver trusted data through the cloud. By integrating intelligence across the factory, manufacturers can unleash transformative new capabilities for increased efficiency and cost savings.
A Connected Workforce
Worker safety and efficiency is critical in industrial environments. By seamlessly connecting people, devices and objects, useful information is captured and shared real time to increase worker safety, capability and collaboration. Connected wearable technologies such as DAQRI Smart Helmet provide relevant actionable data where and when workers need it via augmented reality and 4D technology. Powered by an Intel Core M processor, the DAQRI Smart Helmet is raising the bar for industrial-grade factory wearables and demonstrating the tremendous potential of a connected workforce.
Even with well-equipped personnel, there are times when a manufacturing system becomes undependable. Safeguards need to be in place to prevent physical injury or damage – a concept referred to as functional safety. Intel’s functional safety solution uses virtualization technology on a multi-core Intel processor to run safety critical and non-safety application software in separate virtual machines (VM).
Software-defined industrial systems from Wind River enable manufacturers to analyze data in real time and make better results-based decisions. At Hannover Messe, we will demonstrate how control systems can be virtualized, which results in less physical hardware on the factory floor, all while maintaining and upgrading existing plant equipment to reduce long-term costs.
Optimizing Operations and Industrial Robotics
When sensors, data analytics and cloud infrastructure are all humming together, manufacturers can better monitor, manage and control their machines. This leads to increased productivity and machine availability and generates a near-constant stream of data; much of which needs to be analyzed instantly to make critical control decisions. We will be showcasing SAS Analytics for IoT, which includes SAS Event Stream Processing running on an Intel platform at the edge, to analyze streaming sensor readings such as motion, light and sound in real time. SAS can process millions of signals per second while simultaneously identifying and assessing potential problems that would otherwise go unnoticed. By forecasting impending failures and generating right-time notifications, issues can be addressed proactively to maintain safety, productivity, and profitability.
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs), are at the heart of a factory control network, and now connect to the enterprise to enable Industrial IoT. Altera’s award-winning, more secure, cloud-enabled PLC provides the flexibility, low cost, power and small footprint needed to quickly develop a complete Industry 4.0-ready PLC within a board half the size of a credit card.
Asset Management and Predictive Maintenance
Exciting solutions like Accenture Connected Asset Management empower companies to proactively manage their assets for quicker, more informed decisions by enabling and unlocking digital content, edge analytics, prescriptive actions, and alerts. We are featuring an oil production facility solution, but the possibilities are transferrable to other industries. The solution incorporates cutting-edge technologies from across the ecosystem including the Accenture Connected Platforms as a Service (CPaaS), Intel IoT gateways built for extended temperature environments, and Exara field instrumentation technologies.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to expensive and critical industrial equipment. Our predictive maintenance solution uses vibration data to alert personnel when equipment failure is imminent. Users can train a system that includes vibration sensors mounted on a crankshaft and Intel IoT gateways. The gateways send data to the cloud for analysis by machine learning algorithms. The algorithms differentiate normal wear from problematic behavior for individual pieces of equipment.
Transforming the average shop floor into a “smart factory,” requires connectivity between machines, people and systems. Digitizing shop floor processes across a connected landscape, analyzing production data to enable predictive maintenance and enabling “real time” decisions requires a comprehensive tool set of hardware, software and services. Our booth will feature a Dell “Shop Floor in a Box”, to connect, visualize and transact production equipment data using solutions from Intel, Dell Edge Gateway, OSISoft, Kepware and SAP.
We are also featuring a predictive quality and maintenance solution from ADLINK and IBM that integrates sophisticated machine learning capabilities to provide stable, accurate, and fast analytics in the most extreme environments. The ADLINK PMQi Cognitive Gateway, based on the Intel IoT Gateway, connects, aggregates, and filters data from several types of sensors and protocols at the edge. This gateway uses a scoring engine from IBM to calculate asset health scores, and analyze and act upon information in near real-time.
With $20 billion a year currently spent on maintenance of industrial machines, totaling 330 million hours of work, the market is ripe for industrial Internet IoT software that can effectively ingest and process machine big data. GE Digital will demonstrate the Predix software platform, purpose-built for the Industrial Internet to drive powerful operational and financial outcomes. We will show how Predix collects sensor data from industrial equipment, performs analytics on the edge, and then streams results to the Predix cloud for big data and advanced analytics. The combination of data collection, analytics and resource management provides insight to operators to make real-time decisions to prevent asset downtime.
Make Intelligent Connections at the Intel Booth
Join us at the Intel booth at Hannover Messe (F09, Hall 8) in Hannover, Germany, April 25- 29, 2016 and discover how Intel is powering the new IoT-enabled industrial revolution. For more information, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/iot. I look forward to seeing you in Hannover.