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IoT on the Factory Floor: Preparing for a Connected Future

August 06, 2018 / Shawn Lemley

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is moving from vision to reality, and manufacturers want in. Creating a connected network of people, devices, machines and assets will improve several factory processes, including: 1. Quality control: Based on the sheer volume and variety of products now being assembled and distributed, QC is becoming more challenging every year. As a result, rather than relying on humans for in-process inspection and quality control, for example, cameras powered by computer vision algorithms are being implemented to sense defects immediately and identify the cause. Using smart devices for anomaly detection and automated QC processes allows manufacturers to identify and resolve failures and problems on hundreds of units in seconds, rather than hours, and get ahead of failures before expensive delays pile up.