Firming up security.
Connectivity is a core component to any IIoT deployment. This step understandably intensifies the issue of manufacturing plant-based cyber security. There needs to be a renewed emphasis security at the network level for all of the connected environments and use cases.
Rethinking operational models.
There is an opportunity for manufacturers to work very closely in this evolving ecosystem to embrace operating model changes, including capital expenditures where providers can actually guarantee uptime. If those conversations start to come into the play, then the adoption and better capital efficiency can help manufacturers invest beyond today’s incremental investments.
Orchestrating an ecosystem.
It takes a village to implement a successful program. Organizations need to collaborate with an instrumentation provider, service integrators, network providers, and IoT platforms. Orchestration is crucial for organizations to successfully move beyond the experiments. Unlike many other transformational initiatives of the past – such as ERP or even supply chain planning implementations – there needs to be organizational capacity to work with a larger group of partners.
Undergoing strategic mapping
When deciding on use cases, not many organizations have put deep thought into creating a strategic roadmap and prioritization around when it's time to build business cases and really link to the overall fulfillment. For instance, if the use case of preventive maintenance, you often need to do a physical action repair, not just a software update. Conceptualizing the manufacturing environments – from a centralized command center standpoint – can help organizations also manage efficiency. Unless there is there is a vision to bring all of these on a common platform, you can end up creating barriers to efficiency.
Addressing data infrastructure.
The need to modernize data infrastructure can present a significant challenge. This is especially true when absorb data points from all of the connected equipment. Organizations need to be able to synchronize the data from multiple systems in order to take advantage of what we they are trying to do at the equipment level.
Holistically embracing new equipment.
IIoT often means integrating new devices into the manufacturing environment, which can include somewhat experimental virtual reality and augmented reality devices beginning to assist with maintenance applications. Likewise, experiments with drone delivery on the line. “How do we integrate all the devices that are supporting the production process, and treat them as assets? This expands the scope from just looking at the traditional equipment these areas,” says Satyavolu.