The next industrial revolution is already here. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the answer to the question on what could come next after automated machines and smart computers. The manufacturing industry is at the forefront of adopting IoT, far ahead of other industries. The fourth industrial revolution has Industrial IoT (IIoT) as the backbone, enabling machines to take care of themselves. It is difficult to fathom the scope and size of the changes this revolution can bring.
IIoT helps manufacturing companies to get real-time visibility into the state of their machinery, the quality of material being processed, the number of hours the machine was operating, and fuel utilization. Machine-to-machine (M2M) interactions can also be made possible when IIoT is implemented.
This blog post lists use cases, including in manufacturing operations and asset management, among others. It also discusses the challenges to be addressed while adopting IIoT.