Debunking Common IIoT Misconceptions
The Art of Motor Maintenance
Misconceptions abound about IIoT, and its benefits – particularly in the manufacturing sector. But companies that shy away from this technology will end up missing out on a powerful, transformational movement that will drive unparalleled efficiencies in operations and increases in productivity. Business models will need to change. The ways companies assess value will need to change. And, importantly, how companies manage their business will need to change.
But getting to that point where IIoT becomes an accepted part of a company’s operations will require a hard look at what is real and what is not. Tapping into IIoT’s potential requires the ability to sift through common misconceptions about what IIoT is and what it is not. We’ve identified some of these misconceptions so that you will have a clearer view of reality.
Start Small, Think Big
Electric motors are critical to plant operations. They’re key workhorses for industrial production. Motors to run pumps. Motors to supply electricity. Motors to manufacture whatever widget needs to be produced. And, in a perfect world, every motor runs smoothly, easily, efficiently. But the world isn’t perfect. Things go wrong. Motors break down. In fact, statistics indicate that industrial motors fail, on average, at the rate of about 7% per year and stop working completely every 14 years.
The Connected Factory
So, your management has tasked you with “getting the company into IIoT.” What do you do next? The project can be daunting because the applications are so expansive and the technology is evolving at such a rapid pace.
From a company’s perspective, whether you’re in manufacturing or materials processing or even utilities, there’s really no point in connecting things just to have them online. You must have a reason for connecting. So, how do you go about deciding what your team wants from IIoT?
"The Utility of the Future"
There’s a lot of talk within the industry about getting, and staying, connected. That’s a frightening proposition for some. But in the industrial space, enabling factory connectivity is not really an option. It’s happening as we speak. Think of it as a way of organizing your operations into a consolidated, flexible, and connected way through a centralized platform of sorts.
A Sensor Christmas Wishlist
The water industry is traditionally known for its conservative approach, from processes and procedures to implementation of new technologies. While this has served the industry well in the past, new market dynamics are forcing water utilities to open up to new approaches and different ways of addressing challenges. The industry is changing – more mergers and acquisitions, more end-user concerns, and increased focus on water infrastructure events such as contaminated water supplies caused by aging equipment and water lines. New demands are driving change across the industry value chain. As a result, industry leaders are approaching usual infrastructure issues in unusual ways.
What's Trending in IIoT for 2018
The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for reflection and growth. A time for wishes and hopes. And dreams. I came across this letter from a plant operator. I can’t vouch for its authenticity, but I for one believe this is real. After all, this is the season for believing…
Why Motors Fail (and what you can do about it!)
As we approach 2018, Presenso, an industry leader in the application of Artificial Intelligence for predictive asset management, outlined some interesting viewpoints for IIoT asset maintenance in the coming year. IIoT will remain a strong core strategy as well as a strategic priority for most industrial manufacturers. IIoT isn’t a fad and won’t be going away anytime soon.
5 Myths About Wireless Industrial Sensors in an IOT World
I came across an interesting article in a recent edition of Control Engineering. The article, authored by Nicole Dyess, discusses some of the main reasons why industrial motors fail. It outlines “5 drivers of motor failure” that are especially relevant to the solutions offered by TDG Technologies, but which are also quite beneficial for you to know. I’ve summarized the findings here for you.
When Disaster Strikes
There are a number of misconceptions regarding use of wireless industrial sensors - particularly in an IOT environment. We list 5 of the most prominent myths here.
Hurricane Harvey has left a path of destruction in its wake. The flooding in Texas, and especially in Houston, has been devastating. Over 50 inches of rain has immobilized our nation’s 4th largest city and has left thousands of residents stranded, some without shelter or basic necessities like food or water. This once-in-a-lifetime storm underscores the power of water and the devastation it can inflict on a community.