IoT adoption is gathering steam, with connected technologies beginning to blur the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds.
In the U.S., all large trucks must cut emissions 25% by Internet of Things (IoT) technology in trucks can track fuel efficiency not only of the truck, but of the route and the driver as well, helping to substantially reduce emissions. Potential oil leaks and tire pressure issues that lead to lower fuel efficiency can be quickly identified and remedied.
Self-Driving Tractors and More
As agriculture becomes more of a science – and less of an art passed down through generations – John Deere is responding by deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, most notably with self-driving tractors. The company also happens to be a pioneer in GPS technology, with the most advanced systems on tractors accurate to within 2 centimeters. In addition, the company has deployed telematics technology for predictive maintenance applications.
Stanley Black & Decker
In its connected jobsite initiative, which uses radio signals to help monitor the location of tools and construction progress in order to comply with OSHA rules, the company’s DeWalt division is also launching an initiative known as the construction Internet of Things (IoT), that will use an IoT platform to monitor workers and equipment across the job site. DeWalt has already debuted a connected battery service that not only monitors battery levels but also shuts down tools if an unauthorized person attempts to remove them from a defined area.
Smart warehouses utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) to make improvements across the supply chain. In the U.S. alone, forklifts are involved in over 94,000 injuries every year. Warehouse employees connected to machinery via IoT sensors are warned of nearby vehicles, and forklift speed can be regulated in high congestion areas. Connected devices such as wearable technology and remote sensors also provide employees with real-time data on the location of items in a warehouse, meaning orders can be processed more quickly and efficiently.
The Internet of Things (IoT) enables logistics providers to track each cog in the supply chain, as they are able to collect real-time data on all assets across warehouses, roads, seas, skies, and even people. Utilization of the IoT in supply chains and logistics could generate $1.9 trillion in value for industry over the next decade.
Robotic spending will reach $13 billion by 2025. This growth will be fueled by industrial collaborative robots (cobots) – small, nimble robots specifically designed to move about the factory floor assisting human workers.
Cobots are designed to conduct more complex tasks than robots that sit on an assembly line and perform the same few routine jobs on their own. For example, they can be used to help a worker move materials onto the assembly line. Manufacturers are realizing how much cobots can boost productivity and efficiency, creating increased job demand and business growth with a great return on investment.