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Smart Sensors are Driving the Manufacturing Sector to a New Era!

Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The incorporation of smart sensors has facilitated comprehensive awareness, enabling organizations to take preventive maintenance measures and boost productivity.

FREMONT, CA – Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing operations across the manufacturing sector with breakthrough technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and the internet of things (IoT). The introduction of smart sensors has enabled organizations to cut down latency, enhance management, and promote preventive maintenance.

The new generation of smart sensors is enabling manufacturers to transmit vast quantities of data over more considerable distances when compared to conventional sensors. Smart sensors leverage onboard microprocessors to perform on-site diagnostics of equipment and send relevant information to the maintenance teams.

The smart sensors utilize local computing power to analyze the gathered data rather than using remote servers, which has dramatically improved response times. It has enabled organizations to automate their monitoring process, eliminating the need for manual inspection. The smart sensors are also compatible with wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and so on.

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The compact size of smart sensors enables strategic placement within complex, difficult-to-reach regions. Manual inspection of equipment requires excessive time as well as labor, which is often inconvenient as well as risky. Hence, the use of smart sensors will not only promote safety but also streamline machine telemetry. Also, it will provide instantaneous alerts to engineers whenever a defect in the machinery might threaten the productivity of the factory.

Smart sensors prove most useful in inhospitable equipment, including freezers, chillers, shipping cartons, and so on. It can enable organizations to track the status of freight in transit and remotely monitor product conditions such as temperature, humidity, speed, pressure, drops, and collisions. Consequently, it will enable organizations to reconfigure the processes immediately and avoid loss in time and productivity.

With an effective distribution of smart sensors, organizations can track the health of the entire supply chain, starting from the defects on the factory floor to the delivery of goods. The incorporation of smart sensors also promotes cost-effectiveness by automating the HVAC systems, climate control, and lighting.

The smart sensors facilitate the automatic control of facility lighting and HVAC based on the use of specific factory spaces. It has enabled organizations to increase their energy savings significantly. Organizations can automatically scan the incoming materials and cartons; enter it into a central inventory, and facilitate faster transfer to the work area with smart sensor technology. It has enabled organizations to create a comprehensive awareness of their work processes, equipping them with robust tools to compete on a global scale.

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