Manufacturers are entering the 4th wave of industry – are you ready for hyperconnectivity?
Increased connectivity of machinery will lead to better insight, better management and improvement of the efficiency of your operations. Monitoring your processes and energy use with the Internet of Things (IoT) will help unearth hidden savings in your energy bills.
As a nation we’re experiencing a turbulent time for the economy, politics and international relations. Many are concerned about the ultimate impacts of Brexit on the manufacturing industry.
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However, with industry adapting to a new era, we’re urging manufacturers to embrace smart technology to help control their costs by managing their energy and water use.
Manufacturing 4.0 is the latest phase of the industrial revolution. It has introduced connected manufacturing in which networked sensors and assembly systems automatically deliver efficiency and quality improvements. Interconnected operations are transforming the way sites and equipment are controlled and monitored. This is the fourth stage of manufacturing, bringing new opportunities in utilities monitoring and smart maintenance to the sector.
The 4 phases of the industrial revolution
1.0 Mechanical – the introduction of water- and steam-powered facilities
2.0 Production line – electrically-powered assembly lines bringing mass production
3.0 Automation – electronic and IT systems further enabling automatic production
4.0 Cyber physical systems – hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT)
What is the Internet of Things?
IoT is the name given to the idea that, by using the internet, your electrical devices and other equipment can talk to each other, providing more control over your business.
Hyperconnectivity enabled by IoT is transforming the manufacturing industry and providing better insight and better control to manufacturing operations. Ultimately this will result in improved productivity for manufacturers.
As equipment and sites are monitored, big data is captured by the IoT so planners and supervisors can understand how well their processes are performing. Previously hidden bottlenecks of inefficiencies on the assembly line can now be revealed. Energy and water inefficiencies can be identified too to unearth savings.
Control your costs with smart technology
The technology of today will transform the operations of tomorrow. There’s potential for the IoT to instinctively adjust your heating depending on how many people are on your site and turn off equipment automatically depending on the time of day or year.
The energy and water used to power manufacturing sites and processes can seem like a fixed overhead, but with monitoring and controls you can cut wastage and uncover hidden savings in your energy bills.
Get connected with Utilitywise
We can help manufacturers connect with the Internet of Things, using smart controls and providing you the tools to get detailed insight into your energy and water usage. We’ll help you understand your true consumption profile. Once you know exactly what you use, where and when, you can start making changes and monitor the impact.
Connectivity is key – in your solutions and in your approach to identifying energy and water management issues.
Our Strategic Utility Management Plan for manufacturers can show you step by step how to take a joined-up approach to your biggest energy and water concerns. To download your copy today click here.