The Future of Maintenance Engineering: How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) will deliver smarter factories with reduced downtime and lower repair costs.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) will digitalize and interconnect factory environments. The fitting of myriad equipment with sensors, and the ability to connect, transmit and interpret data in real-time, will provide companies with far greater visibility of their assets than has ever been possible.
The new capabilities brings the potential for smarter factories based on preventative maintenance methodologies. It will also transform the way that equipment is monitored and repaired out in the field, leading to the emergence of new service-based business models. For maintenance professionals, the IIoT will prompt the use of new technologies…
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How will IIoT change the role of the maintenance engineer?
The role of the maintenance engineer and the production engineer will start to merge, with individuals concentrating on solutions and platforms rather than focusing on a very technical and specific task. That’s going to be driven by use of technologies such augmented reality. People might start to become more generalist in the work that they undertake.
Chris Richards, senior business environment policy adviser, EEF.
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