Making sense of all the terms and catchphrases being bandied about to describe the Industrial Internet of Things can be difficult. Nonetheless, a common vocabulary is critical to facilitating the education required for broader development and adoption of technology that promises seismic shifts in virtually every sector of manufacturing.
In my position as an editor, precise language is particularly important. Thatâs why Iâve begun compiling a list of definitions for some of the most common words and phrases Iâve encountered in my own reading on the subject. Although by no means comprehensive, this practice has proven helpful in keeping my copy (and my head) as clear as possible on a subject thatâs increasingly important to our readers. Beginning with a definition of IIoT itself, here are the meanings of five common terms associated with this technology:
1. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a term derived from the broader concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), whichdescribesthe increasing interconnectedness of the stuff we all use in our daily livestoone another and to the internet (or an intranet, or both). The idea is not just to exchange and collect data, but to act on that data to make things better. (One commonly cited example is a âsmartâ thermostat.) IIoTis the same concept applied to industry. Examples range from âsmartâ buildings and power grids to âsmartâ transportation networks.IIoT might initially take the form of a machine tool status monitoring system.
Large-screen TVs keep everyone at CNC Swiss-turning specialist Carolina Precision Manufacturing (CPM) aware of how closely machines are meeting their goals.
2. Data-driven manufacturing implies that manufacturing processes are driven forward by dataâby facts, figures and other verifiable information, as opposed to guesses, assumptions and intuition. (Itâs also the name of an MMS Online Zone where you can find everything weâve written about IIoT).
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