• Internet of things
    • 01 AUG 17

    Can You Imagine Your Life Without a Smartphone?

    We’re delighted to welcome Rob Rogers for another guest blog…

    I’ve worked for Mettler -Toledo for the last 21 years, during which time I’ve witnessed several major changes in the industries the company serves. In 1995, the smartphone was first introduced. Fast forward to today and there are an estimated 2.6 billion smartphone users worldwide, with an estimated 6.1 billion expected by 2020!

    When smartphones were first developed, the response from many was, ‘Who needs a smartphone?’ or ‘I just need my phone to make calls!’ Now the devices have been around for over a decade and I bet many of you would claim you couldn’t live without your smartphone and may even be reading this post on one right now!

    The ability to have a limitless supply of information in the palm of our hands has changed the way we work and live. Indeed, a recent Gallup poll of nearly 16,000 US smartphone users found nearly half of respondents (46 percent) agreed with the statement ‘I can’t imagine my life without a smartphone.’

    “The smartphone is transformative for those who use it, not only by making their lives better, but by becoming something of a fifth limb,” Gallup writes.

    The Industrial Internet of Things

    Are you familiar with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? IIoT is part of a larger concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a network of intelligent computers, devices and objects that collect large amounts of data that’s sent to a central cloud-based service where it’s aggregated with other data, before being shared with end users.

    The application of the IoT to the manufacturing industry is called the IIoT and is transforming manufacturing by enabling the acquisition and accessibility of far greater amounts of data, at far greater speeds, and far more efficiently than before.

    Matching real-time information with historical information allows for better root cause analysis of faulty conditions and predictive analytics to highlight potential issues before they affect production. According to research2, there are more than 20 billion IoT connected devices in 2017, 3.6 billion of which are industrial devices, the number of which is expected to double by 2020? It would seem industry is accepting of improved technology.

    Product inspection devices can be connected to allow access and control, as well as provide valuable production data. Mettler -Toledo metal detection systems for example, are available with built-in Condition Monitoring which assesses critical conditions and provides advanced warning of potential problems prior to failure. Connecting such devices to the network allows critical information and alerts to be sent to appropriate personnel for immediate proactive action, maximizing efficiency and uptime. Additionally, such metal detectors can emulate device control on remote devices such as smartphones and tablets, which is especially useful when the system is located in difficult to access locations.

    The utilization of the IIoT will become extremely valuable in the future and I’m confident (just like the smartphone) that very soon we won’t be able to imagine a world without it!

    About Robert Rogers

    Robert is Senior Advisor Food Safety and Regulation at Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Division in Tampa, Florida. Having worked for Mettler-Toledo for over 20 years, Robert has gained his experience by excelling in several positions within the organization, including in field service, training and product testing. In his current role, Robert provides subject matter expertise in foreign material detection and prevention strategies. He also assists in the development of food safety management programs, focusing on foreign body prevention and other product integrity and safety programs.

    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/248355

    2http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/8032/20-billion-connected-internet-of-things-devices-in-2017-ihs-markit-says

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