The opportunities the introduction of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) presents for production environments are wide-ranging. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve greater control of processes, thus ensuring product quality and increasing profits. Process monitoring facilitates early detection of declines in quality, in order to stop production of costly substandard products and resolve issues immediately. Sufficient production monitoring also makes it possible to identify opportunities to enhance quality and therefore produce even better products.
For the machine itself, intelligent measurement chains can make the machine's condition visible and help predict upcoming, critical material wear. Accordingly, necessary parts can be ordered in advance and a set maintenance period can be scheduled, thus avoiding machine downtime and minimizing costs.
Here, PLC applications are increasingly being replaced with software-based and even pure cloud applications.