How the Industrial Internet of Things is Affecting Food Processing
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a toolset that enables the improvement of operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness in industrial plants. IIoT devices, such as sensors, actuators, motors, and controllers, securely transmit vital information to optimize plant operations. IIoT offers benefits such as enhanced efficiency, increased productivity, and reduced operating costs. The cloud and edge computing play a role in IIoT applications, with the cloud offering storage, data cleansing, and processing capabilities. Getting started with IIoT can be challenging, especially for facilities with outdated equipment, but incremental upgrades and integration of IIoT functionality into existing systems are possible. IIoT can help in various ways, such as real-time data collection and sharing, performance monitoring, predictive maintenance, and improving fleet management. Security is a crucial aspect of IIoT, protecting against cyber threats and preventing engineering mistakes. Communication protocols like MQTT and OPC UA facilitate efficient data exchange in IIoT systems. The role of sensors and devices has evolved, with modern sensors offering additional diagnostics and enabling seamless connectivity between the physical and digital worlds.