There was a time when manual labor was the order of the day, and then it shifted to machines. The introduction of software saw manual labor making a comeback in many industries. But now, the change of cycle has happened once again. Innovations are happening all over the world in which specialized machineries are designed to reduce human error.

Designed for accurate manufacture of products, the machineries of the new industrial revolution will change the way factories operate in the future. They are designed in a special way to garner profits. So they have more efficient features and can be used in a secure way. This article will explain the impact of these machines on automation. If you have a business related to the home services sector or any type of manufacturing industry, then it can provide the best guidance to the changing industrial era.

There are two trends which can cause a sizable impact on the global industries across a wide variety of business sectors – transportation, retail, military, medical and automation. In Germany, it is called as Industry 4.0 (the approach for producing smart manufacturing industries); and the second one is called as Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) that is related to analytics and connected devices. But both are related to the same goals – enhancement of automation levels, digitization and flexibility in the forthcoming machine design.

So, any specific word you can call for the changes? In short, the term used is evolution. In the future, the reshaping of factories and the way of operation will change. Yet, the change will require all the industries to embrace many technological inputs and give way to new ideas etc.

When it comes to IIOT, it is connected with different levels of functionalities. It can range from sensing the accuracy, control, optimization and operation of a system.

All the systems are based on internet and cloud technologies with access to devices (security and safety) so that they can make use of big data and analytics for gaining better business value. Businesses can make use of the IIOT to not only monitor but also control machinery.

When you look at many industries of the present day, you find some machines are connected with the internet, others are not. IIOT application will ensure that the machines not only remain connected among themselves but also with people-to-machine, machine-to-people, people-to-objects and machine-to-objects communication. Because the devices are interconnected, they can collect data from a variety of applications, devices etc. Then, the specific expert can access this type of ‘big data’ on the cloud. The special analysis tools will analyze and product the perfect results.

Yet, not all the technology is new. Think of fieldbus communication, and you know it has been used since decades. That is the reason, why IIOT is seen as just an evolution and not the revolution. But you must understand that new technology such as cyber security, big data and pervasive sensing will reach maturity levels only in the future. And when they reach the level, it will be a big challenge to implement all of these aspects to the industrial environment.

In the future, manufacturing industries will have to adapt their resources (machines and manpower) to a certain level of intelligence to accommodate their presence in the market and to meet the customer needs.

Conclusion

In the future, the machine (or shall we term it as “smart machine”) will be connected to more devices. It will be flexible, produce the best efficient results and give a safe environment. The development and manufacture of these types of machines will be influenced by three factors – consumer market, technology and also end-user demands.

In the past, traditional machines required high cost maintenance and little communication technology. But with the introduction of new smart machines, there will be established phases of communication. Then there will be cost reductions, improvements in machine performance, and new methods by which the low level workers and persons in good managerial positions can interact with each other.

However, there are new challenges overboard. When these kinds of technologies are introduced, very few companies will take plunge. These companies will hop on the bandwagon only when the companies which have already adapted in the new industrial environment become successful.

In the future, there will be a new set of companies which will develop new services to support IIOT. They will assist the companies to make a smooth transition from the existing to the smart machine environment.  

As of now, it is the companies which provide doorstep services for handyman professionals and other tasks which are making an impact in the market. These companies will also change as per the future trends in technology.

Let us hope the changes bring a better future!

The plagiarism check was completed on 12 Feb 2018 2:49 PM.

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