A Maintenance Manager’s Guide to the Industrial Internet of Things, Part 2: What Is the IIoT and How Does It Affect Maintenance Operations?


As a maintenance manager, you’re responsible for the team that monitors and cares for your organization’s valuable capital assets. Continuing our discussion, we’ll explain how the IIoT will provide you with enhanced connectivity and more detailed, real-time visibility, helping you do that job faster and more effectively.

A Maintenance Manager's Guide to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)Think of your current environment. Let’s say you work for a manufacturer that has 1,000 machines on the plant floor. Today, you and your staff make the rounds and check the readings on those machines; in the best case, you have a mobile device with you and are able to capture the readings on it. And, of course, some industries rely heavily on supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, systems to monitor machine controls and process flow. But these systems are typically closed, proprietary systems that don’t expose data to other applications or networks.

The Industrial Internet of Things improves these scenarios significantly. The idea of the IIoT is to make all the data from your capital assets (production machines, HVAC systems, vehicles, buildings, etc.) available in a public or private “cloud” so that it’s accessible in real time to your computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software and other systems.

With this setup, there’s no need to send personnel out to take readings on meters and gauges. You can “subscribe” to the relevant data feeds, and if a reading is out of standard parameters, automatically issue a work order or send digital instructions to the asset to correct itself.

In essence, the IIoT “gives voice” to the assets themselves, empowering them to communicate to their maintainers. It enables assets to broadcast information on their operation that can be leveraged by many different functions within the organization, including maintenance. The department has the ability to see what’s going on in the asset in real time, and to fix it when—or before—it experiences a problem that limits or prevents efficient performance.

Next time, we’ll talk about the benefits of the IIoT for the maintenance department. If you’re ready to know more now, you can download the entire e-book here.

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