The IoT industry has grown in sophistication and popularity in the region and globally, with the market expecting to hit US$436.8 billion by 2026 in the Asia Pacific alone. According to analyst first Frost & Sullivan, this growth will mainly be driven by increased investments in telecommunications, reduced IoT sensor costs and increased government support.
In particular, IoT sensors have played a critical role in catalysing the development of smart factories. These sensors have enabled companies to monitor and analyse factory data in real-time and allow them to identify exact areas where production can be improved.
What are IoT sensors?
IoT sensors are devices that can detect various data from factory machines, which can then be stored in a database or on the cloud. Using optics, thermal and infrared technology, IoT sensors can capture information that a factory operator may otherwise be unable to do so. They may also be used in measuring distances, pressure changes, or anomalies in production.
As each sensor has specific functions, it all depends on what your needs are when deciding which sensor to choose. You may want to consider the following when determining the right sensor for your factory:
• Which areas require higher visibility to the factory operators now?
• Which part(s) of the production process is highly sensitive to external environmental factors, such as temperature or pressure changes, and would benefit from real-time monitoring?
• Which part(s) of the production process responds drastically to supply and demand changes, and would benefit from real-time monitoring to determine yield?
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Improving workplace safety with IoT sensors
One crucial benefit of IoT sensors is their ability to monitor and analyse data from areas that are not easily accessible to factory operators. This includes hazardous zones, areas with high temperatures, or remote areas that are difficult to access. With IoT sensors, factory operators can get a bird’s eye view of their operations from a centralised control room, saving time and manpower needed to check each individual machine on the factory floor. These sensors help to reduce the risks workers are exposed to when they visit potentially dangerous areas and ensure workers still get the data they need to analyse productivity and yield.
Investing in the right sensors will go a long way in ensuring your factory has the tools it needs to be viable in a digital-first, industry 4.0 era – one where employee needs and safety are well-maintained, and factory operations are optimised with the use of best-in-class digital tools.
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