The Industry 4.0 revolution is rapidly transforming manufacturing processes and the IIoT is a primary catalyst for the paradigm shift. With industrial automation solutions empowered by the Internet of Things, facilities can accelerate manufacturing automation efforts, improve predictive maintenance and lay the groundwork for machine learning. Beyond traditional M2M, which is often limited to bi-directional communication between isolated systems of sensors and islands of telemetry data, IoT marries disparate systems into an expansive system view to enable new applications and empower greater control.
Losant serves as a control hub for connected production facilities. Losant’s hardware-agnostic platform is easily integrated with a broad variety of sensors, controllers, machines, and device gateways. This enables many-to-many interoperability across disparate systems and technology. Through this interoperability and unified data sharing, separate parts of the production line become more responsive. Devices and processes instantly and automitically react to different events or change their configuration settings accordingly. Failure prediction and troubleshooting accelerates and becomes much more reliable and straightforward.
On the application and data processing levels, Losant offers a rich feature set for cloud enablement and generic data treatment. This can be used to rapidly assemble end-to-end IoT applications for industrial systems automation, predictive maintenance, and remote monitoring. Once these applications are implemented and sufficient data collected, manufacturing and operations leaders can further improve efficiency with machine learning. Real-time data from the applications can be analyzed to identify changes in normal trends to find anomalies, predict remaining useful life (RUL), amount of time before next failure and predict failures within a future period of time.
Manufacturers can accelerate efforts towards optimal operating efficiency by taking advantage of Losant’s easy-to-use, hardware agnostic-platform. This allows the use of affordable microprocessors, like the Intel Edison, to collect and send IoT data. Systems to monitor any number of data on production lines can be implemented in hours thanks to the platform’s simple drag-and-drop workflow builder. Complex real-time reactions like failure mitigation and notifications - even changes to device state can easily be accomplished, allowing true predictive maintenance for expensive equipment and machinery.
Recent studies indicate that investing in predictive maintenace can reduce maintenance costs by 33% versus preventative costs. Losant allows you easily develop applications that reduce costs, increase production efficiency, and decrease downtime. Losant's built-in communication tools and functionality help you start data flowing right away from sensors like Omron, Sensorex and Honeywell. The platform also provides support for popular custom gateway protocols like Modbus, SEIMENS and Rockwell Automation.