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The term Industrial IoT focuses on the application of the benefits that the IoT offers to industrial and business environments. In other words, all the machinery of an Industry is connected to the Internet thanks to the capture of data that comes from sensors and devices.

Until recently, the industry incorporated machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity to achieve automation. However, the appearance of technologies such as Machine Learning or Analytics added in the cloud have rejuvenated this field with new business models that will greatly affect the way of understanding the Industry as such.

This new stage is known as Industry 4.0 or even the Fourth Industrial Revolution. If you want to know more, join us through this post to know the real scope of Industrial IoT.

Audaces and the Industrial IoT

The digital transformation of your company is oriented to a clear and concise objective: improve productivity, reduce costs and generate more profits. In addition, it will provide the business to take a leap in the search for new business opportunities and a wide difference with respect to your competition.

To carry out the digital transformation of your company, there are a series of phases that deserve to be analyzed:

What is your business model? And your sector? Depending on these two variables, your company could be in need of restructuring. Analyze the competition and be realistic with what you offer to your customers.

The situation of your business. Study your needs, the current state, technologies, and if your company will be able to hold the budget. Adaptation time. Your team and your company, in general, need a period of adaptation to be able to objectively measure the results. Analyze the results. After analyzing and implementing, it is time to sit down and analyze the results.

Industrial IoT 4.0 scopes and use cases

Energy: Through the electrical network, connected devices can offer all kinds of information.
eHealth: The IoT is transforming healthcare both in the home and in equipment and services.
Transportation or Smart Retail: Connected vehicles to predict, monitor, control, and carry out asset tracking.
Smart Buildings: Focused on improving sustainability through the management and efficient use of building resources.
Agriculture: Another area in which the IoT plays a fundamental role. Farmers will be able to study crops, optimize resources and reduce costs.
Manufacturing and Industry: as we have previously explained, the advantages of the IoT are focused on improving productivity and worker safety, minimizing costs, and achieving benefits.

Among these areas that fall within Industry 4.0, some of the use cases to be applied would be:

Smart storage applications;
Predictive and remote maintenance. Manufacturing equipment monitoring;
Connected logistics. Asset tracking. Load control;
Smart agriculture;
Optimization of energy resources;
Sensors and Home Health Monitoring Devices.

Some concepts that were only seen in the animated series The Jetsons are gradually ceasing to be fiction to become reality. This is the case of the functionalities allowed by the Internet of Things (IoT- acronym in English), a new technological trend that consists of machines and objects that are increasingly intelligent, autonomous, connected to each other and that interact with our world, to facilitate the day to day of all.

The concept of the Internet of Things began to be coined at the beginning of the year 2000 and today it is called the “third revolution of the Internet”, and a fundamental part of the fourth revolution of the industry.

“First we had the mainframes shared by several people. We are [today] in the age of personal computing, with people and machines not recognizing each other. Next comes ubiquitous communication, the era of calm technology when technology is located as the background of our lives, ”explains Computer Science researcher Mark Weiser.

We could already see some examples of this concept of interaction with google glass, also with smart refrigerators that make the list of missing items and request orders from the supermarket autonomously, which have temperature and lighting control according to the preferences of each person, with cars that allow configuration changes depending on who is sitting in it, among many other options.

And the trend is that the Internet of Things will spread at great speed in the coming years. According to Michael Nelson, a professor at Georgetown University, until the next decade, there will be more than 100 billion objects connected to the internet.

What can the Internet of Things (IoT) do for the apparel industry?

The IoT would bring, above all, productivity, agility, versatility, and flexibility to the garment industry. In practical examples, the IoT could be a machine that informs when it is necessary to change some input (equipment, knives, worn parts) and order new parts automatically from its suppliers.

Or a machine that can proactively communicate information about it, such as time of use, productivity, approaching goals and that offers insights on how its potential can be optimized.

Another possibility that arises is a machine that has the ability to cross-check stock data, report material wear, and optimize storage. In short, the possibility of interconnection between various machinery and automation of the entire production line of a clothing company.

This is precisely the path that Audaces is traveling. After a period of research, Audaces formed a team in 2014 to bring the Internet of Things to life in the world of fashion. The first work object was the Audaces Neocut automatic cutting machine, responsible for cutting various types of fabrics and materials.

“The fashion industry needs mechanisms that guarantee the efficient delivery of the garments produced every day within the factories.

The idea of ​​starting with the Audaces Neocut was due to the importance that this cutting machine has within the productive stage of a confection, where a problem of use or failure of supplies can cause a bottleneck and hinder the performance and productivity of the company as a whole ”. Says André Pavilion is, Audaces engineer.

Audaces Neocut is part of a select group of machines in the fashion production process that intelligently uses IoT technology and is poised to assume a prominent place in Industry 4.0.

The premise of the IoT is to connect intelligent machines to the internet that help in the management and productivity of clothing.

Among the many benefits it presents are the production of complete reports, with productivity times, idle times, machine efficiency, number of garments cut, comparative goals, among others.

One of the differentials is that when a production problem of any kind arises, the machine manages to identify it and send a proactive notification to the responsible manager to take the necessary measures. And also to the Corrective and Preventive Maintenance sector of Audaces so that the solution is supplied quickly.

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