If you are an industrial machinery manufacturer (washing machines, coffee makers, construction machinery…) , this article interests you.
Surely, you have thought on more than one occasion if you should turn your products into smart and if that bet will add value to your brand and will position it better in the market. It is an important and necessary step for the growth of a company, since the technology becomes an essential element in the most competitive markets.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an irremediable reality in our business, industrial and social environment. Everything already has a digital mark. So before we move on, we’re going to briefly define the IoT.
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?
The Internet of Things is the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet, but not only that; it also allows the objects to be interconnected with each other. This connectivity allows for greater control and handling of objects from any place in the world, through a computer or a smartphone. In short, it offers the opportunity to make a 100% efficient remote management.
The penetration of intelligent technology into society and industry is no longer a plan for the future, it is a present reality that is increasingly getting stronger, and the data proves it. Currently, there are 6,400 connections around the world, but it is expected that these surpass 25,200 for 2020. And the investments of companies and public agencies in IoT are becoming more and more.
In fact, 85% of the organizations will be prepared to promote technological progress this year 2019. Whether to add value to existing products, reinvent a business model with smart products or create a new disruptive business.
Connecting industrial coffee makers
Today we are going to focus on the first case: add value to existing companies, with the creation of connected products. Let’s see it with a practical example. Imagine that we are a company that manufactures industrial coffee makers. Why would we want to bet on intelligent connectivity and turn our product (which works well on the market) into smart?
1. To begin with, it will allow you do a predictive maintenance of your machinery. With the information that the intelligent device collects and sends to the cloud, you will be able to detect failures and incidents in the most incipient stages and thus avoid major failures. You will also be able to schedule the revisions of the equipment at the appropriate time.
2. It also allows you to take control of the consumable remotely, with a centralized management system that shows how many stocks are left of each product. In the case of coffee makers, it will automatically indicate the number of coffee capsules that have been consumed and the shipment of a new remittance will be processed.
This way, the restaurateur will never be out of stock and the owner of the coffeemaker will make sure that one of the parts of his business model, the sell of the coffee capsules, does not shake.
3. Thanks to remote monitoring, you will also be able to control the use of your coffee machines, in real time and at a distance. You will know what state each of them is in, whether it is being used correctly or if it has suffered a major blow, among others.
4. And finally, it should be noted that the technology will allow you to manage our assets, i.e. know where the coffee machines are in real time, know their location or if there is duplication of use. This way you will also be able to avoid unnecessary theft or loss.
These are some of the reasons that can lead you to connect your machines, but not the only ones. We want to know which ones are yours. Are you a manufacturer of industrial machinery and are you thinking of digitizing your products and making them intelligent? It is certainly the right step that will make you different in such a competitive sector. And we can help you conceptualize the idea and develop the project.
Feel free to contact us. We are an engineering company with more than 12 years of experience developing custom electronic devices. We are experts in the most innovative technologies of the IoT.