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Use cases for leveraging end-user machine data
With Industrie 4.0 and advances in wireless networks came interconnected cyber-physical systems. They ensure every process within industrial facilities can be tracked and measured in near real-time. The interconnectivity means that although individual machines may produce data, communication with other systems on the shop floor paint a picture of the entire facility. For OEMs, the interconnected system brings insight into the actual conditions of factory shop floors and how their machines are used across similar facilities, but with different use cases. The data collected can be leveraged in the following ways:
In a world defined by interconnected cyber-physical systems, data is king. OEMs must create acceptable avenues for capturing the shop-floor data from the equipment they no longer own. Today, the Machine as a Service concept – in which machines are leased to enterprises – has proven to be an excellent option for capturing end-user machine data. The use of IIoT devices across shop floors is another avenue that can be explored to collect data.
After capturing machine data, the next step is deciding what to do with it. Leveraging end-user machine data to improve design, provide remote services or packages, and improve customer use of machines are some examples of what can be achieved. Other future use cases such as developing Industrie 4.0 as a service for SMEs will also apply as data collection and utilization technologies evolve. How OEMs intend to leverage end-user machine data is a process that will continue to evolve with time.