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How Did the IoT Become Indispensable for Advanced Maintenance?

As we enter the era of the Internet of Things, the fourth Industrial Revolution, everything around us becomes connected and smart.
By Ralitsa Peycheva

Technology Adoption: As mobile technology and a whole bunch of other digital trends are expanding rapidly, today's maintenance professionals have a deeper understanding of technology and its capabilities. Adopting cloud computing and connecting from the field is a natural fit for most companies' maintenance routines.

Enhanced Automation: Automation is everywhere around us, and it is not surprising that most business owners and plant managers want to benefit as much as they can from the latest trends. Modern technology improves the connection between different manufacturing sites and enormously contributes to energy savings, maintenance efficiency and production improvement.

The Industrial Internet of Things: The Internet of Things is already drastically changing the way in which industries work. By collecting data faster and easier than ever before, maintenance professionals rely on advanced predictive analytics and benefit from new, valuable insights. For some, these trends might seem overwhelming, but for those who dare to embrace the changes, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers the chance to gain a competitive advantage by capturing critical data and supporting business owners in making important decisions.

The adoption of the IIoT simply appears as a natural fit with the way maintenance teams operate nowadays. Mounting sensors on equipment, as well as collecting, transferring and analyzing valuable data, can be seen as the most beneficial results of next-gen CMMS integration, advanced technology adoption and the latest automation trends.

How to Adopt the Industrial IoT at a Manufacturing Plant
Gathering data through sensors mounted on equipment is a good first step. Nowadays, using sensors has become increasingly easy and affordable. Relying on this information, maintenance teams can schedule interventions only when needed. The second step could be the integration of software that can analyze that data. Even better, you could opt for a CMMS to which condition-based monitoring data would be directly transferred and stored, and in which it could be analyzed, compared with other data and finally made ready to use. The same CMMS can manage the maintenance schedule and even send direct work orders.

The rapidly growing market for diverse IoT devices and the various price range gives maintenance professionals the great opportunity to dive into the large amounts of critical data, and to optimize their asset management.

To realize maximum value from the IIoT, organizations need, in addition to devices and systems, excellent knowledge in operations, automation and controls. At the heart of this approach are cloud-based platforms, mobility applications, and predictive analytics and data management.

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