The Industrial Internet of Things And What It Means For Your Food Plant
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to connected devices and technologies that can collect, monitor, analyze, and exchange data to improve processes, quality, and maintenance activities within a plant. This technology offers several advantages, such as improved manufacturing flexibility and performance, preventative maintenance, increased overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and access to real-time production data. However, migrating to IIoT technology in older facilities can be challenging, and security concerns should be addressed by coordinating with the IT group to ensure network and device safety. When it comes to cloud services, real-time decision making is not recommended, but the cloud is suitable for long-term data storage. Major cloud service providers offer robust security measures, but implementation at the plant level is crucial for maintaining security.