IOT – or Internet of Things – has become standard language for multiple industries.
At its most general, basic level, the IOT refers to the connection – using the internet – of computing devices and “smart” technology and everyday objects, allowing for new insights, processes, and functionality. Suddenly, “non-technological” objects, become “smart” (think, telephone poles with RFID sensors).
For those in the manufacturing industry, this is especially exciting. By leveraging the capabilities of industrial sensors and tools that can make sense of these sensors, processes that were once paper-based – requiring manual tracking, building, calculating and more – can not only be digitalized, they can become predictive, providing more control and more insights than ever before.
It’s all Great, in Theory…
By harnessing the IOT in the world of manufacturing, the possibilities are limitless. In fact, organizations who act early, changing processes and making use of the data available to them could have significant advantages over those who wait to deploy newer technologies.
However, many groups fall short.
They want to gather the data that is available, data that could allow for greater control over processes and more insights into future growth capabilities, but, somewhere along the time they fall short. In general, while they collect more data than ever before, the data remains raw. What happens post-collection becomes a hold-up, making the IOT more of a liability than a strength.
The Missing Link
In most cases, what’s missing is the “glue” between the smart sensors and technologies embedded in everyday objects and the tool that allows smart enterprises to harness the data those sensors provide.
While various mobile data solutions and tools exist that each promise to provide the desired output, the end result is often less than ideal. This is because these solutions are often rigid – relying on technologies of the past. They’re designed to do one thing (and probably to do it quite well), but they fail to account and adjust for individual business needs. Simply put: they lead to more frustration than positive outcomes.
A Balance Between Flexibility and Technological Capability is Critical
For manufacturing groups and enterprises to fully harness the power of the IOT and the resulting data it is able to provide, they need a powerful tool that can be fully customized for end-to-end functionality that includes:
- Form creation,
- Data collection,
- Full-scale integration with sensors and other tools,
- Data visualization,
- Data sorting/analytics,
- Report creation,
- Real-time insights, and more.
This is where Zerion’s iFormBuilder, and full suite of mobile data solutions comes into play. By working with a team that provides full-scale service and customization, manufacturing teams can fully harness the power of data and the IOT as a whole.
For a look at what this can mean in action, see how Axalta utilizes Zerion’s technology and team for measurable results and process improvement, here.
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We look forward to working with you: here’s to a better way!