The industrial internet of things (IIoT) has recently been propelled into the limelight, with many industry experts discussing how it can lead to digital transformation that can drive innovation, advance operations, and increase competitiveness.
Unfortunately, misinformation surrounding digital transformation has made many companies unnecessarily cautious or have inflated expectations about the change. Setting specific targets and developing a clear path to deploy digital solutions is the key to ensuring successful digital transformation.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the top IIoT and digital transformation myths and set the record straight.
Myth 1: Basic sensors are the solution to everything
Many innovations in IIoT come from advancements in consumer electronics. For instance, if users want to control the temperature of their homes from a remote location, they can now install a web-enabled sensor that can communicate with the main thermostat. But it should be noted that having sensor technology doesn’t mean that the sensor is viable for industrial applications.
Investing in high-quality process instrumentation is essential If you want to reap the benefits of digital transformation. Having web connectivity is a plus, but they should be economically viable and durable enough to last in rugged conditions too.
Myth 2: Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are the answer to everything
Although machine learning and AI have transformed analytics and forecasting capabilities, it is not the solution to everything. Implementing AI and machine learning throughout your plant is going to be costly, time-consuming, and complex.
Instead, use discretion when implementing AI and utilize proven strategies in other areas. Use new technologies as extensions that are complementary to proven and familiar methods for best results.
Myth 3: Technologies are unproven
Digital transformation is an evolving process where new technologies are always being developed and improved. However, to say that all technologies are new and unproven would be erroneous. Even the most recent analytical tools and technologies are based on proven concepts.
Furthermore, these technologies are built to reduce time-consuming manual tasks and increase productivity so users can benefit from lower costs.
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