Tackling Information Overload in Industrial IoT Environments

This blog was originally posted on March 25, 2015 on blogs.intel.com/IoT - click to view

manufacturer.jpgFeeling inundated by too much industrial IoT data? Well, you’re not alone. According to an Economist Intelligence Unit report, most manufacturers are experiencing  information overload due to the increasing volume of data generated by automated processes.

Senior factory executives in the United States and Europe were interviewed, and of those, 86 percent reported major increases in shop floor data collection over the past two years, while only 14 percent said they had no problems managing the overabundance of data. Despite challenges, two-thirds said data insights have led to annual quality and efficiency savings of 10 percent or more.


Doing More with Industrial IoT Data

What’s key is turning data from the entire production flow into actionable information that can help produce tangible benefits, including:

  • Higher profitability – Increase yields, and reduce spares and energy usage by applying big data analytics to optimize your manufacturing flow.
  • Improved supply chain management – Use cloud-based applications with short message service (SMS) features to better coordinate and integrate workflow among key players.
  • Faster time to market – Customize production flow in real time to more quickly satisfy customer requests.
  • Better data handling – Automate the collection, aggregation, and analysis of massive amounts of factory data – upwards of 5 GB per machine per week – to improve decision making.

Internet of Things Data Automation

This can be done with solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) that can help you get the most out of sensor data and the associated analytical modeling. They collect, filter, and analyze data in more efficient and constructive ways.

Still, a lot of useful information is locked away in production equipment. One IoT solution is to use an industrial PC with gateway functionality to tie IoT sensor networks together and put factory data into a more manageable form.

Making this easier, Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series software runs an assortment of industrial and IoT workloads on a single platform. It’s a production-ready, virtualization software stack supporting real-time, embedded, and general-purpose operating systems, giving equipment suppliers a great deal of flexibility to include gateway, firewall, control, and other applications.

Intel IoT Industrial Gateway

With this solution, multiple factory functions can all run on a single system, decreasing operating expense, factory footprint, energy consumption, and integration and support effort.

The system consolidation software runs on a family of 4th generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ Processors that featureIntel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT). This combination delivers the computing performance needed to simultaneously host multiple instances of Wind River VxWorks* RTOS and Wind River Linux* 7.0, as well as one instance of Microsoft Windows* 7. Also included is McAfee Embedded Control* – a “deploy-and-forget” security solution with a small footprint and low overhead. Learn more about Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series software.

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