An INDEVA® (Intelligent Device for Handling of the Liftronic® Series) can exchange data with the customer IT system through the company wi-fi network and allows visualization of the manipulator activity by means of interface software.
Many are the applications, uses and relative advantages of industrial manipulators interconnected with your IT system and /or other machines in your assembly line or in your warehouse.
“The power of the Internet of Things comes from the ability to collect a lot of data and convert that into useful information”(Bertil Thorvaldson, ABB Robotics)
The Industry 4.0 scenario
The term Industry 4.0 represents the current technological and industrial scenario also known as the fourth industrial revolution. This scenario is characterized by the use and application of sensors and connections, data and information, computational technologies and above all by the analysis of data, new materials, machines, components and automated systems, digitized and connected (Internet of Things and Machines) in order to improve process efficiency and/or product intelligence, thus increasing its added value on the market.
The Industry 4.0 context is characterized by the revolution of entire value chains and the growing integration of the company with upstream supply and subsupply networks, and downstream customers, intermediate and final. The Industry 4.0 context leads to a review of business models, market approaches and production processes to achieve efficiency and productivity results. In the Industry 4.0 context, it is possible to interconnect and cooperate all productive resources (physical assets and people, both inside and outside the factory), and to collect, analyse and understand their data and information.
The Industry 4.0 enabling technologies can be summarised in the following three areas:
1. Availability of digital and analytical data of Big Data
2. Robotics and advanced automation
3. Advanced connectivity
New technologies are already available and present in companies, but in a limited, sporadic and little integrated way; they are mainly concentrated on industrial process control for the mass production of components (numerical control machines). The integration with robotics is present only in certain environments, with applications limited to the repetition of the same action or task and to the remote control of the operating efficiency of the machines. The 4.0 revolution and digitalization aim to create and manage real integrated and interconnected networks of machinery, plants and production facilities, optimising transformation processes, reducing errors and defects, improving time to market and ensuring flexibility, speed and precision.
Industrial Internet of Things across major industries
The Industrial Internet of Things can be defined as “machines, computers and people enabling intelligent industrial operations using advanced data analytics for transformational business outcomes”. Read more on Industrial Internet of Things
The Industrial Internet of Things in practice: real-life examples/cases
There are several IoT use cases of which some are specific to an industry and some are cross-industry.
From the optimization of manufacturing operations to predictive and remote maintenance: there are also ample existing Internet of Things deployment examples that show the real-life benefits. Cases are great to help you see the benefits without too much theory.
Manufacturing: industrial internet of things (IIoT) enhanced connected services at ABB Robotics
The Industrial Internet of Things enabled ABB Robotics to achieve higher efficiency, enhance customer support and introduce a new connected services approach.