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August 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 8

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The Internet of Manufacturing Things

Advances in sensors, standards and software could connect virtually everything 

By Thomas R. Cutler

Internet of Things – n. the interconnection of sensors, devices, and everyday objects 

Internet of Manufacturing Things – n. how the industrial Internet adds value to the manufacturing process 

There has been much discussion about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things. The first definition above may seem vague, but it suits the examination and application in the manufacturing world. It simply means that everything, not just computer and data networks, can send and receive data. IoT can improve various aspects of manufacturing efficiency, including productivity, asset health, profitability, quality, safety, employee safety and environmental impact. The narrow slice of the Industrial Internet of Things that mostly affects industrial engineers is the Internet of Manufacturing Things. The critical relevance is the specific focus on how the industrial Internet adds value to the manufacturing process. 


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