IIoT: The Industrial IoT Revolution!
It may seem like your warehouse is bursting with boxes and pallets as well as the staff who tend to the mayhem, though while it may seem unorganized, your warehouse doesn’t have to be. You should take steps to be efficient with organizing storage and improve your business in general. This process will make everyone happy, including employees and health and safety staff, and it will also help your bottom line.
There are a large number of well-known techniques to make warehousing more efficient, one example being the organizing of stock using pallet racking, but the major innovations come when warehouse managers make use of the latest technology, and now, everyone’s talking about the Industrial version of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Reasons to be More Efficient
In the US, 34 million days of work are lost each year due to accidents in the workplace and occupational health problems. 6 million of these can be put down to the most common occurrences, including manual handling injuries and repetitive stress injuries. These numbers could come down if general working areas within warehouses were improved. The best and most cost effective way to achieve this is by organizing inventory effectively, allowing turnaround times to be reduced, procedures to be improved, and general efficiency improved.
The IoT is not news any more, but what most people know about it has to do with consumer applications, such as ways to control your heating and connected fridges. It is having an effect on every industry you can imagine, from the energy sector, to manufacturing and agriculture to name a few.
The Industrial IoT, or IIoT, is concerned with seamlessly networking the real and digital worlds via networks, data and machines. With an emphasis placed upon improvements in the safety, efficiency and productivity of business operations, it promises a transformation across the entire spectrum of traditional industries. The IIoT uses the analysis of internal data in order to work out better and more efficient ways to operate warehouses with the outcome being a transformation in the traditional industries coming from improvements in operational efficiency, revised business models and job creation.
The combination of people, intelligent machines and data will impact the efficiency and productivity of business operations throughout the globe, and changes will begin to appear in the not too distant future.