Uptime—it’s a big focus in the manufacturing environment, today more than ever. Nothing ruins productivity like unplanned shutdowns. The only surefire way to reduce downtime and increase machine efficiency is to collect data and determine the root causes of it throughout your facility.

Every time I turn a corner, a new manufacturer is getting into or expanding their product offerings into the Internet of Things (IoT). Because we’re so close to its innovations, we know the rise of the IoT is just the beginning. Let’s look at some technological advancements from manufacturers.

Edge computing is the collection and crunching of data on the manufacturing floor close to the actual devices. It’s about moving your data to the edge of your network. With this concept, you can use an edge appliance on the floor to collect and analyze data.