Big data is here to stay. With the Internet of Things growing at such a rapid pace, manufacturers are often left wondering what exactly they can do with this information. Your competition is getting a handle on the ways of Industry 4.0, so it’s high time you do so, as well.

Here are some ways you can use big data to keep your manufacturing operations running smoothly:

  • Predictive maintenance – Supervisors can schedule downtime at regular intervals to repair assets before a breakdown leads to expensive unplanned downtime.
  • Integration and aggregation are key – A lesson learned during the coronavirus pandemic is the best big data apps are those that unlock data value from both structured and unstructured data. IoT based devices like contract tracers can be combined with statistical data to track virus outbreaks so the outbreaks can be mitigated. This could help you determine if your workforce is ready to return to your facility, or if you need to keep a percentage of your employees working remotely.
  • Supply chain management – Big data makes it possible to predict whether or not a supplier will deliver as promised, and that makes it possible to optimize supply chains to reduce risk.
  • Work cell optimization – Artificial intelligence can find patterns in human-environment interactions that enable you to design the most efficient manufacturing systems possible. With work cells being redefined in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, big data also can show what experimental setups work better than others, giving you an idea of what to keep and what to rethink.

If you are a manufacturer and need an IT partner to help guide you through this digital transformation, give 2W Tech, a Microsoft Gold Partner, a call. We would be happy to discuss the best way for your organization to take advantage of what big data can offer.

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