A client places an order for a custom-designed car. The order process has hardly been concluded, but production has already begun. The manufacturing process is being carried out by intelligent, autonomous machines that communicate with each other in real time and that coordinate the entire production process by themselves. Sounds like a vision of the future? Actually, it isn't. Welcome to the Industrial Internet of Things!

The current status of the Industrial Internet of Things

The full potential of this emerging development has by no means been reached. But one thing is clear, thanks to today's information and communications technologies, the fourth industrial revolution, as it is also known, is well and truly underway. New IT infrastructures have made it possible to interconnect production facilities, components and devices as never before. High-performance sensors can now retrieve and exchange data in real time. The result? Production processes are becoming much more agile and efficient.

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And it is not just the production process that is changing. The Industrial Internet of Things is revolutionising the very way that businesses and stakeholders connect with each other. Staff members, clients, external personnel and partners will all have direct access to the production system. This itself presents one of the biggest challenges as different kinds of data from a diverse range of areas, hitherto kept separate from each other, need to be made compatible so that systems can communicate with each other. It goes without saying that data management has a very important role to play when it comes to achieving this.

The significance of the Industrial Internet of Things for maintenance personnel

The Industrial Internet of Things will introduce many new tasks to existing areas of work. It also gives companies better tools to develop themselves as businesses, optimise their processes and increase their efficiency. The area of maintenance provides an excellent example. A production facility that has been brought to a standstill due to malfunctioning or damaged equipment is the nightmare of every maintenance technician. However, such downtime could soon become a thing of the past. If elements of a production line are capable of registering when they are in need of maintenance or when they need to be replaced, and error patterns can be identified using the vast quantities of data now available, then predictive maintenance has been achieved. Predictive maintenance and maintenance of facilities has not only revolutionised the work environment of today's maintenance personnel, it is also radically changing their job description. We will now take a deeper look at this and other trends related to the Industrial Internet of Things.

The Industrial Internet of Things and its impact on maintenance

The Industrial Internet of Things will change production forever. It will result in both new opportunities and obstacles, the latter of which will need to be overcome. What impact will this digital revolution have on day-to-day maintenance work?

What are the new requirements that will need to be fulfilled and how can an intelligent environment of networked systems make things easier and more efficient? Let's take a look.

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Smart Maintenance: Responding to today's increasing digital demands

We'd all love to be able to detect malfunctions before they even occur. That's no longer a fantasy. Where maintenance and production facilities are concerned, it's actually completely realistic. "Smart maintenance" is a term that we are hearing more and more, and it is a key point of the Industrial Internet of Things. The Industrial Internet of Things refers to a network of objects, such as the components of a manufacturing plant, that are connected to each other and are able to exchange and analyse data in real time. It can be used to detect when a component of a machine needs to be replaced. Find out more about what this means for production facilities.

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AUVESY Conference 2019 - Save the Date

Save the date: the first AUVESY Conference will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany from May 16 to 17, 2019. As a network platform for industrial automation, it brings together experts and provides information on the trend topics like data management, industry 4.0 and cyber security.

The conference will be held over two days in German language and will feature exciting presentations, workshops, hands on sessions and networking opportunities. In addition, participants will also have the opportunity to get an exclusive glimpse of AUVESY's future, including its plans to make the leap from system to platform..

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IIoT solutions for maintenance

Implementing smart maintenance means that your maintenance work has been transformed from being corrective to predictive. In order to recognise indicators of malfunctions or defects, however, a large quantity of different types of data needs to be extracted, collected and analysed.

Achieving this not only presents a real challenge for existing IT infrastructures, it also carries within itself new potential sources of error. It is only possible to carry out predictive action correctly when the data itself is accurate.

What happens if data is corrupted or goes missing? When such instances occur, the source of error needs to be quickly detected, monitored, and normal operations need to be restored with the minimum possible loss of data. Needless to say, complete documentation, robust version control, and automated backups are a must when it comes to enabling smooth disaster recovery. Clearly a job for today's cutting-edge data management.

Ensuring the safety and security of your production facilities – the link between cybersecurity and data management

Today, many production steps are partially, if not fully, automated. The data used during these steps is taken from a wide range of sources, which have been sorted and processed accordingly. However, under no circumstances should one underestimate what could happen if this data were to be erroneous or manipulated. Comprehensive and well thought out data management can help safeguard production from such events.

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White paper: Version control and backups for maintenance departments

One key aspect of smart maintenance is data management. Correct and precise data management is vital, but it can be laborious. But here comes the good news: effective version control systems can now automate many of the tasks involved. Find out how you can use a data management solution to help you in the process of automating production and introduce smart maintenance: Version control and backups for maintenance departments.


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Quality management in the automotive industry

It can be a status symbol, a haven, and a toy, but more importantly it is a means through which many people are able to gain greater mobility and thereby improve the quality of their lives. Quality also plays an important role in production of vehicles.

Therefore the IATF 16949 now creates uniform quality management standards for the complex supply chain of the automotive industry. But what exactly is the IATF and what are the requirements of the new standard?

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