With new technology revolutionising manufacturing and retailing processes at every point in the supply chain, we’re now looking to take a dive into the world of Industrial Internet of Things [IIoT]. What is it? How does it work? Where does it come into play with Industry 4.0 and most importantly, what benefits does it offer businesses? To find out, read on.

IIoT is a central technology for Industry 4.0. Linked to IIoT are other core concepts, including system integration, big data, and cloud computing. As such, it’s important to see IIoT as a crucial part of an overall, larger picture.

The IIoT at its most basic level is an expansion of the Internet of Things [IoT], which connects devices via an online network – enabling them to talk to us, applications and each other. IoT is not some sci-fi marvel, it’s happening in our homes today. From smart homes, utility meters, and smart fridges, the technology is already shaping our behaviours on a consumer level.

Smart devices are already in our homes, so why not in our businesses?

The IIoT takes the premise of IoT and supersizes it. It’s a network of networks that connects people, devices, process, and assets at all stages of the supply chain, allowing us to operate and optimise factories in innovative new ways.

However, many manufacturing plants across the globe are formed around disconnected physical systems with different ends of the production process operating in silos. This lack of interconnectivity increases the risk of production errors and, therefore, also unplanned downtime. It’s now time for factories to move onwards to a more connected and synergistic system.

IIoT provides a platform for manufacturers to analyse data at every stage of production and extend automated processes to unite previously disparate systems. Greater insight into factory processes enables manufacturers to increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and by reducing human intervention, minimise downtime – and thus maximise profitability.

A key example of IIoT innovation is the cloud, which is a central connection point between devices. Connecting factory equipment to the cloud gives manufacturers 24/7 access to information on production line efficiencies, printer statuses and much more from anywhere in the world. The cloud differs from traditional wide area networks (WAN), in that computing power and storage can flex in real time to the needs of the consumer, allowing for spikes in production and resource-intensive operations to be managed effectively.

Domino’s i-Techx platform collects a vast array of data on printer operation – from ink and makeup usage, to running performance, and wear and tear on components. The data is sent to the Domino Cloud where it can be accessed by customers and the Domino helpdesk team to monitor printers remotely, diagnose faults, and flag potential issues early – before any downtime occurs.

IIoT innovations like i-Techx and Domino Cloud ensure maximum efficiency of our printers, and combined with our SafeGuard support package plans, provide the highest level of aftercare and total peace of mind for our customers. Uncover the full insight into Industry 4.0 in our white paper, download it today.

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