The future of manufacturing revolves around a connected factory where all devices and elements can communicate, facilitating enhanced visibility into each process. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) makes this vision possible through intelligent sensors and devices interconnected with machine software and applications.
The implementation of data analytics is a vital element of the connected factory. Within smart manufacturing, technology empowers machines, people and sensors to share information seamlessly and automatically across the shop floor. Connected equipment produces vast amounts of data, and with edge connectivity and computing, this data can be analyzed and understood in transformative ways.
Real-time information allows for enhanced decision-making, process improvements and complete insight into troubleshooting assessments and predictive maintenance.
In this article, we take a deeper look at the significant benefits of data analytics for the manufacturing industry and how adopting these innovative tools will revolutionize your operations.
What is manufacturing analytics?
A fundamental aspect of Industry 4.0, manufacturing analytics refers to the use of operational systems and machine data to improve the functions of a manufacturing company. This data can enhance productivity and performance, ensure product quality, optimize decision-making and lower costs.
Real-time, connected data collection revolutionizes the manufacturing industry, reducing human error and allowing for faster decision-making and process changes. In today’s globalized, competitive marketplace, leveraging this technology can mean the difference between success and irrelevancy. With greater visibility into critical metrics, companies can more easily stay aligned with their unique business goals.
How manufacturing analytics can work for you
When we create a constant stream of collected and shared data, we empower greater agility, efficiency and flexibility.
Predictive maintenance and enhanced productivity
In modern manufacturing, people and machines operate side by side — and business success requires each machine and process to work according to plan. One error can affect your entire production, negatively impacting your bottom line. With the right analytics tools, you’ll receive constant notifications and remote monitoring to guarantee uninterrupted performance.
With predictive maintenance, IoT-enabled sensors and edge technology will tell your team if there’s an issue before it impacts productivity, helping your workers transition from finders to fixers. In addition, reporting dashboards — informed by real-time analytics — allow you to review asset and process status in one centralized location. By using predictive maintenance, manufacturers can avoid unplanned downtime and schedule maintenance conveniently rather than waiting for equipment failures to occur. This improves the overall efficiency and reliability of the manufacturing process and reduces costs associated with unplanned maintenance and equipment failures.
The good news: You’ll enhance your production systems and achieve maximum productivity by taking advantage of cutting-edge predictive maintenance tools at your operations.
Consumer expectations have rapidly evolved in recent years, and to stay ahead of such rapid change, customer intelligence and data are more important than ever. It's essential that manufacturing companies produce high-profit yields and optimize supply chain management. Data analytics make it possible.
With immediate insights, you can forecast customer demand and future trends based on market changes, seasonality and more. Intelligent tools will sift through data, analyze key results and figures, and provide invaluable reporting to improve your services and output. For example, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how long each job takes, how much it costs and the materials needed, allowing for improved estimates and planning.
The customer service benefits are just as essential. When you better know your consumer, you can respond to their changing needs, enhance relationships and strategically adjust processes to meet heightened expectations.
With advanced analytics tools, you can quickly identify opportunities to lessen costs at your organization. Swarm intelligence (a common form of the IoT) results from various, unconnected devices sharing data. It’s typically integrated into factories to help with production scheduling, reduce bottlenecks and boost efficiencies. Your factory can leverage this technology to cut costs through predictive maintenance, improved safety and efficiency — and uncover net-new revenue from value-added services.
Data can also uncover areas primed for automation. Implementing automation can reduce waste and improve productivity, leading in turn to cost savings and higher satisfaction rates. In the long run, real-time insights provide complete visibility into your factory processes, revealing crucial cost-saving areas you may be unaware of.
Analyzing your business data takes Insight.
The right data technologies can transform your factory floor. At Insight, we’ll help you improve existing processes, scale operations, enhance customer interactions and more. Becoming a connected factory of the future is a significant task, but our technical expertise and deep industry knowledge will guide you through each step of your modernization journey.
We’re here to serve as your technology partner — offering targeted data analytics tools and devices to innovate your factory so you can achieve better business outcomes.