The spark of a new industrial revolution


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Airbus, Bosch Appliances, Continental, Rod Food, Flex… IoT is conquering the industry in its manufacturing and production processes, as well as in the logistics sector. It is where it seems that this technology has a great projection, since “Everything that has to do with an asset that has to be tracked, controlled and collected data has to come in with the IoT”, indicates Frederick Ruiz, director of the National 5G Observatory of Spain.

Factories are incorporating IoT systems to automate and optimize their production processes and reduce operating costs. “Campofrío was the first industry 4.0 in Spain,” says Antonio Conde, from Cisco. “A lot of processes can be automated,” he continues. Proactively solving problems in industry is one of the fundamental applications of IoT.

With predictive maintenance, production processes are continuously monitored in real time through sensors”, says Antonio Conde.

Anticipate failures

Starting from sensors located in machines (from the simplest ones that measure vibrations, or thermographic ones to detect leaks, to more complex ultrasound systems, which record temperatures, or industrial X-rays, to detect internal defects in a piece) it is possible to anticipate breakdowns and failures of the machinery or of any element or component in a production chain.

These sensor networks and other devices provide data that is connected through the internet to industrial software (Industrial Internet of Things) and using cloud computing, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence algorithms to even predict when stop the production of a plant, with all the millionaire losses that this entails for a company. In fact, a Fujitsu study estimates that early identification and resolution of problems before they occur can save 40% on maintenance costs.

«We can provide artificial intelligence to a motor, know when it is going to wear out, if there is any abnormality, if it suffers from an abnormal vibration, or a minimum deviation. It will be possible with the 5G network”, adds Federico Ruiz.

The industry seems to be overcoming its historical reluctance to connect its machines to the Internet for fear of computer attacks. “There has been no progress in this and now any industry that builds a new plant must have all its assets connected, with well-managed cybersecurity,” suggests Ignacio Cobisa, from IDC.

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