Industrial Efficiency Improved through IIoT Integrations in Manufacturing and Shipping

Industrial Efficiency Improved through IIoT Integrations in Manufacturing and Shipping

March 30, 2015

A major source of profit erosion and industrial waste comes as a result of operation inefficiencies, some of which could be solved with better information about processes, especially those that aren’t yet automated. To solve the problem, shipping and manufacturing companies are implementing IIoT systems and finding savings that really make a difference.

Global logistics company Weft announced March 30 that it has tapped Skyhook Wireless to help their supply chain clients track assets in shipping lines all over the globe, and predict cargo arrival times. Weft’s patent-pending algorithm uses contextual data collected by IIoT-connected sensors to model activity and predict cargo arrival, and Skyhook says the automated systems are better than the drivers, conductors, and ship captains at making those predictions.

“Skyhook is one of our major partners in location tracking and indoor location, so we can ensure that we know exactly where our customers' assets are — even in areas where traditional GPS falls short,” said Marc Held, CEO, Weft. “Through our comprehensive platform, we are able to capture things like global weather patterns, oil prices, port congestion, news, throughput, traffic conditions, market sentiment, and provide comprehensive route analysis based on proprietary geospatial datasets.”

Closer to the beginning of the supply chain, one can find factories, manufacturing the items which must be sent to market. Mitsubishi Electric is trying to help those factories to find savings by using M2M devices to collect data from the shop floor and link factory sites via the cloud to share and compile information. The solution, announced March 30, is called IoT Factory Controller. It’s in testing now and is expected to reach the market in April 2016.

It will connect Mitsubishi’s automation architecture with the cloud to allow advanced production management. The IoT Factory Controller will allow plant operators to analyze and visualize data graphically, in real time, to achieve greater productivity and quality. It will also provide security against data manipulation, unauthorized access and other cyber-attacks. Mitsubishi has 13 patents pending for the new technology in Japan, and 11 pending internationally.

Both new systems will help close the gap between today’s loss of revenue to waste and perfect efficiency. Shine on, you crazy diamonds. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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