Survey: IoT tech accelerates among manufacturers

By Bill Koenig, for advancedmanufacturing.org

Jul 27, 2017

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Manufacturers are accelerating use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, according to a survey of 66 companies.

“IoT continues its inexorable growth spurt,” PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation said in a report. PwC and MAPA conducted the survey.

Industrial IoT applications, known as IIoT, include “connected” factory machines. Equipment is monitored and maintained automatically. Factory employees can adjust equipment using smartphones. “As manufacturers ramp up operational IIoT initiatives…they are also achieving cost-cutting efficiencies,” PwC and MAPA said. “And, as IIoT-related costs of components, communications and data collection, storage and analysis continue to decline…IIoT fencesitters may well become adopters.”

The survey included both original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The respondents included 56 public companies with a combined $287 billion in annual revenue. According to the report, 38% of manufacturers surveyed now offer “IoT-driven products and services” with another 48% “currently in the process of developing them.”

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