IIoT to Play an Ever-Larger Role in Driving CNC Machining

IoT.Business.News | February 03, 2020

IIoT to Play an Ever-Larger Role in Driving CNC Machining
  • The impact of IoT can benefit various areas of manufacturing value chain ranging from quality, safety and efficiency to new product development and innovation.

  • The market for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment is set to continue its pattern of growth over the coming years to reach $93 billion in value by 2024.

  • Many machinists are now experiencing the benefits of the Internet of Things, in CNC manufacturing, including CNC machines.


    Introduction


    Industry 4.0’, ‘the Industrial Internet of Things’, and ‘Connectivity’ are widely used buzzwords throughout manufacturing. Now, they’ve been around for a few years. Nobody really knew what they meant- We’re now starting to focus more directly on what they mean in a CNC manufacturing environment, and it’s all about connectivity of your machines, talking to each other, It’s all about smart factories, It’s about intelligent processes and providing data to allow manufacturers to improve their productivity.

     

    The Internet of things has the potential to increase global productivity up to 25% by 2025 which could translate to an economic value of 11 trillion dollars. Consumers aren't the only ones targeted by the advancement of the IoT. Industries like manufacturing are embracing the potential of the internet of things. An even more recent breakthrough, known as the Industrial Internet of Things  or IIoT is already shaping the future of CNC machining.



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    What is the deal with IoT in the manufacturing sector?


    Visualize the data coming at you in real-time, so you know your exact production rates at any given second. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning what IoT could do?



    CNC machining is essential in modern manufacturing and helps us create a variety of products in multiple industries, from agriculture and aerospace to firearms and circuit boards.



    Internet of Things (IoT) in general and Machine to Machine (M2M) communication, in particular, enables physical objects with the help of embedded information and communication technology, to communicate over a network without requiring human intervention. It is the convergence of wireless technologies, electromechanical systems and the Internet. Optimal design and implementation of the same has the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing sector in general and the shop floor in particular. The impact of IoT can benefit various areas of manufacturing value chain ranging from quality, safety, and efficiency to new product development and innovation.



    The Internet of Things is ground zero for a new phase of global transformation powered by technology innovation, generating significant economic opportunities and reshaping industries.

    Marc Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive, Officer, Salesforce.com, USA


    What to Expect from the Promising Combination of CNC and IIoT

    As the name suggests, computers already do a lot of the (illustrative) heavy lifting when it comes to deploying this type of equipment in machine shops and larger-scale factories. But the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) looks set to shake things up even more. Here’s what to expect from the promising combination of CNC and IIoT.



    Better Product Quality Control


    IoT takes the quality game to the next level. With the IoT working in combination with CNC machining efforts, companies can outfit every part produced with a tiny sensor that connects it to a larger network. This makes it easier not only to track the products throughout any subsequent shipping and assembly efforts, but also to recognize and address production errors. If sensors detect a defect, the machining process can be halted if necessary until it’s sorted out.



    Improved Workplace Safety


    IoT-based monitoring can ensure that the environment, devices, and individuals on the shop floor are always in an optimally safe condition. With added parameters to the system, settings can be optimized further to account for threats in real-time and from external factors. Automated machines and collaborative robots  also known as cobots  utilize the IIoT to perform many of the same tasks as their human counterparts. They're also regularly assigned to the more dangerous and hazardous jobs in the factory.



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    Massive Cost Savings by Utilizing Automated Labor


    IoT stands to enable other robotic systems to work alongside CNC machining. Robot-driven production via the IIoT results in tremendous cost savings. By automating the more mundane and menial tasks on the factory floor, manufacturers can worry less about general laborers and focus on developing their top human talent.



    Industrial Internet of Things is everything that has been promised to be. It has the clear ability to impact the fundamental needs of the industry and has the potential to rejuvenate certain industry segments and economies. It can connect and evolve the silo views of assets to a system of assets and eventually to a system of systems, leading to the fundamental redefinition of businesses.

    Anant Gupta, President and Chief Executive, Officer, HCL Technologies



    Smarter Preventive Maintenance


    The reliability of machinery and hardware is central to smooth operations in manufacturing and product development. IoT is proving to be a game-changer in this regard. They are not just improving working conditions and overall efficiency but enabling better safety protocols and quick fixes to maintenance issues, and it’s certainly a factor where CNC machining is concerned as well. Combined with AI, IoT embedded assets will help organizations monitor, manage, and maintain the condition of their industrial machinery. With CNC machining mechanisms essentially left alone to produce orders, IoT-connected sensors can make sure that they’re doing so adequately, alert management to any issues, and even give advance notice of any general maintenance or upkeep needs. It helps you set up an environment of consistent and reliable servicing, which will result in higher output, steady production schedules, and more efficiency all around.



    Conclusion


    The Internet of Things is rocking many aspects of the world’s economy.  And the manufacturing industry is ripe for IoT use. The IIoT will increase efficiencies of CNC machines helping to lower wastage and lower costs. It also decreases downtime with predictive maintenance. If efficiencies are increased and downtime reduced, that translates into more profitability for your business.


     

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By bringing together the cutting-edge technologies of IoT[1] and blockchain, and our extensive experience in crop cultivation we are serving an agriculture (“Ag”) ecosystem focused on highly technologized crop growing, processing, and distribution. We bring the high efficiency of IoT and transparency of blockchain into every stage of the entire lifecycle of agricultural business sectors. The Pavo team has vast experience building traditional monitoring systems for almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts for the European market.

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