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Overview

Industrial Internet of Things Overview

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects machines, analytics, and people with edge devices to create powerful insights to drive smarter, faster, and better business decisions.  The IIoT is made up of interconnected machines and devices that can monitor, collect, exchange, and analyze data.  It is transforming the industry and changing the way the industry functions.  By combining machine-to-machine communications with analytics, companies can reap the benefits of unparalleled efficiency, productivity, and performance.  

"As practical IIoT products and solutions emerge, users are starting to implement them to learn how they can create value. But with all the buzz about IIoT, where does an industrial engineer start? At the edge, of course!" - David Humphrey at ARC Advisory Group 

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IIoT History

History of The Internet of Things

History of Industrial Revolutions:

Industry 4.0 is a term that calls back to previous industrial revolutions, which were also characterized by transitions to new manufacturing processes made possible by new technologies. Key technologies mark the four industrial revolutions:

  • 1st Industrial Revolution (c. 18th century): Mechanization, water power, steam power
  • 2nd Industrial Revolution (c. Late 19th century): Mass production, assembly lines, electricity
  • 3rd Industrial Revolution (c. Late 19th century): Computers and Automation
  • 4th Industrial Revolution/I4.0 (2012): Cyberphysical systems

Getting started in Industry 4.0 can seem like a daunting task. However, there are a few simple ways to get started. The HARTING MICA IIoT kits provide everything that is needed for a basic IIoT/Industry 4.0 prototyping application. To learn more about the kits and find one that's right for you, click here.

Internet of Things Terminology

IoT, IIoT, Industry 4.0., I4.0: These terms are thrown around, often interchangeably, but they each have very definitive terms and uses. Knowing this is the first step to navigating the connected world.

Internet of Things (IoT): The term IoT is a large, broad term that refers to a network of physical devices, such as phones, vehicles, appliances, et cetera, that are embedded with technology that allows them to connect and exchange data over “the Internet”. This results in a more direct integration of the physical world into our modern digital systems, with the goal of efficiency improvements, economic benefits, and automated work.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a subsection of the larger IoT that refers to industrial applications. IIoT devices, such as edge computers require additional protection against its environment, such as enclosures with IP65 ratings. The term is used across many different industrial markets, including agriculture.

Industry 4.0 (I4.0): Industry 4.0 (or “I4.0”) refers to a slightly different, but also shared section of the IoT and IIoT space. Industry 4.0 is often called "the fourth industrial revolution" or "smart factories." In Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems can monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. These systems can communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, both internally and across an organization to maximize operational efficiencies and streamline processes. While IoT and IIoT relate specifically to the benefits of connecting devices to the broader “Internet”, Industry 4.0 focuses more on the general process of optimizing industrial operations based on the collection and evaluation of data, which may or may not include an Internet connection.

IIoT Benefits

Advantages of Connecting to the IIoT

What is the advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vs the traditional approach to data processing and data management in industrial applications?

  • Ubiquitous data collection and sensing
  • Bi-directional data flows
  • Ability of data to be used for value-added applications like machine health monitoring, condition-based maintenance, process-based quality, asset tracking and management, etc.

It is often companies will use edge computers or edge devices to bring their applications into the internet of things. 

Connect to The IIoT in Less Than 10 Minutes

It’s easy to talk about integrating IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), but it’s another thing entirely to do it.  Many people don’t know where to start or what IIoT applications would benefit their operations the best. That’s why HARTING developed these IIoT starter kits.  Each kit has everything needed, including an industrial edge computer for a basic application and is ideal for those starting with IIoT. The HARTING MICA boasts a container-based open architecture so users can easily customize to their specific application well beyond what is included in the kits. 

IIoT Panel Discussion

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Learn everything you need to know to make the IIoT a reality from this All-Star panel.

The IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is more than just a buzzword, it’s the future of the industrial marketplace. To discuss its current state, what challenges it faces, and its future opportunities, HARTING has assembled a panel of outside experts who will provide their own unique insights into the IIoT and guide the audience systematically through the intricacies of creating and deploying a successful IIoT solution.
The live panel discussion has been separated into 8 different parts:

  1. Overview of IIoT Panel Discussion
  2. Introduction of Panelists
  3. IIoT Architecture
  4. Hardware
  5. Software
  6. Systems Integration
  7. Domain Expertise
  8. Concluding Remarks and Audience Q&A
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Additional IIoT Topics

About The Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects machines, analytics, and people to create powerful insights to drive smarter, faster, and better business decisions.  The IIoT is made up of interconnected machines and devices that can monitor, collect, exchange, and analyze data.  It is transforming the industry and changing the way the industry functions.  By combining machine-to-machine communications with analytics, companies can reap the benefits of unparalleled efficiency, productivity, and performance.  

Edge Computing Solution Packages

Digitalizing a factory. Improving Overall Operational Efficiencies (OEE) using technology.  Building a predictive maintenance system. All of these are reasons that companies are turning to Industry 4.0.  However, implementing a solution specific to an existing factory can seem overwhelming.  As no two applications are exactly the same, finding an out of the box solution that perfectly fits in your existing application is unlikely. Having said this, tailoring existing, tested IIoT solutions for your applications is easy with the right partner.  This is the concept behind HARTING’s IIoT Solution Packages. 
 

MICA Starter Kits

The Industry's First IIoT Starter Kits

It’s easy to talk about integrating IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), but it’s another thing entirely to do it.  Many people don’t know where to start or what IIoT applications would benefit their operations the best. That’s why HARTING developed these IIoT starter kits.  Each kit has everything needed for a basic application and is ideal for those starting with IIoT. The HARTING MICA boasts a container-based open architecture so users can easily customize to their specific application well beyond what is included in the kits.

    Digital Retrofit

    When the decision is made to integrate IIoT, there are two possible strategies. Either a company can invest in completely new machines and equipment that were developed exclusively for this need or they can upgrade their current machines, otherwise known as legacy machinery, and equipment with devices that make this type of communication possible. Digital retrofit here means taking a device that produces or uses data of some sort and connecting it to a device that can allow that data to be a part of a larger data pool.

    Condition Monitoring

    Condition monitoring is a necessity in modern production and business models. Condition monitoring (or, colloquially, CM) is the process of monitoring a parameter of condition in machinery (vibration, temperature, et cetera) to identify a significant change that is indicative of a developing fault. It is a major component of predictive maintenance.

    Companies cannot afford any unexpected downtime caused by machine malfunction and power. Taking precautions to monitor the health and viability of equipment is a must. Condition monitoring allows to operate old machines and infrastructure (e.g. conveyor systems) longer than originally planned. This way, investments can be minimized and shifted to strategically important topics.

    Overhead Conveyor System Solutions

    Conveyor systems are often the lifeline to a company’s productivity and the center of the factory. Due to the fixed nature of the system, if there is an shutdown in one part of the conveyor, the entire process stops. Downtime can be devastating, and preventing it is critical to staying competitive. Condition Monitoring / predictive maintenance provides real-time insights into the health of the conveyor so maintenance teams can take action before a shutdown.