What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion). The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people). The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.
Industries that are benefiting for IoT
Production facilities can rely on smart sensors and machine learning to make in-line adjustments to the process improving efficiency and quality. Furthermore, the information collected can be used to predict impending machine failures and thus improve machinery performance and longevity with predictive maintenance. This allows facilities to enter the world of Industry 4.0 and upgrade to a “SMART” facility.
In hospitals themselves, IoT bio-metric devices can monitor vital signs allowing health professionals to oversee an entire ward at the glance of a tablet screen. This real-time monitoring aggregates data that can be analyzed to provide a holistic view of the patient’s health, as well as identify trends that may need medical intervention.
In order for mines to stay competitive they have to embrace IoT. IoT allows for the introduction of more autonomous infrastructure, such as fleets of unmanned trucks and trains. Autonomous technology enables around-the-clock, 365 days-a-year operation, removing the need for shift change and improving safety by removing the person from the environment, further increasing productivity.
Distribution and Logistics
Track the entire supply-chain every step of the way whether it is in the warehouse or on the road. With the help of sensors, you can collect temperature and humidity data on shipments at every stage. These sensors track each shipment’s location via GPS and note whether temperature or humidity rise above or fall below acceptable boundaries. Predict equipment failures by monitoring critical elements.
Making use of smart sensors to remotely monitor and control pumps and equipment, as well as environmental monitoring of chemical levels, soil profiles and air quality. In greenhouses, similar monitors and track and automatically respond to changes in humidity and temperature. These advances allow the changes to be made in real time, raising the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the process.
Assist in proper equipment maintenance ensuring companies can get the most out of their investment, enabling businesses to control costs and service intervals, lengthen equipment life, minimise downtime, and add resale value. Further, IoT allows for the tracking of assets as they move around the site, or indeed to a different site, ensuring that they never get lost or stolen.