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How IIoT can Impact the Manufacturing Industry
The First Industrial Revolution started in the late 1700s. Factories went from using hand tools and basic machines to rudimentary turbines powered by water and steam. These new modes of production transformed commercial enterprises, particularly the textile industry in terms of employment, output value and capital investment. Invented by James Hargreaves, the Spinning Jenny was the first mechanical machine to hold more than one spindle of yarn. It was the first practical spinning frame with multiple axles that increased productivity and reduced the cost of thread. By the time Hargreaves died 14 years later, there were 20,000 Spinning Jennies across Britain. In fact, the word “engine” comes from Hargreaves’ invention! Around the same time, James Watt (1770) improved the steam engine invented by Thomas Newcomen, which went to power many pieces of machinery in these newly “modernized” factories. Transportation via steam boats and steam locomotives also played a key role, as it helped expand the supply chain.
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