Statement | Added value of the Internet of Things for manufacturing companies

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most seminal Deep Tech fields of competence. Our campaign partner Trevisto AG from Berlin has special expertise in this realm. Oliver Fuhrmann, Head of Business Development of the IT consultancy, explains the application possibilities of IoT for manufacturing companies in his statement.

Oliver Fuhrmann, Head of Business Development der Trevisto AGOliver Fuhrmann, Head of Business Development of the Trevisto AG, warmly recommends IoT technologies.
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How do manufacturing companies benefit from the Internet of Things? And what do decision makers need to pay attention to when starting an IoT implementation?

In the Internet of Things (IoT), people and things are intelligently connected. By linking human beings, machines and workpieces, innovations in the field of digitalization of the entire industrial ecosystem become possible in the first place. IoT technology can be used to ensure the monitoring of large technical equipment. The operating states can be transferred, machines can communicate with each other, measuring devices can be read out remotely and consumption can be optimally controlled. Malfunctions or machine failures can be detected at an early stage. Lines can be monitored; machinery and air conditioning can be controlled more efficiently in terms of energy consumption.
Due to the need to coordinate the simultaneous use of machine, sensor and wireless technologies in a network as well as data processing in IT and data analysis, innovative ideas should first be tested in pilot projects.
The first step always begins by collecting individual requirements to define the goals of using IoT technology. The aim of this step is also to determine which sensors are required to detect e.g. moisture, movement, light, temperature, pressure, etc. in a particular use. In addition, questions about range, robust transmission or energy-efficient implementation are clarified. In test scenarios, the prototype is set up. In the case of a positive evaluation outcome, the integration can be adapted for the respective company.
For the development and implementation of individual IoT solutions, it is advisable to start with a technical and economic feasibility analysis that clarifies all requirements in the specific industrial use case in manufacturing or predictive maintenance. The requirements must be individually assessed in terms of, for example, licenses, transmission rates, scope and costs.

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