2015 IIoT, Industry 4.0, Information Integration Study

2015 Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Information Integration Study

Amanda Pelliccione

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2015 Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 & Information Integration Study have identified several high-level findings impacting control systems today:

IIoT, Industry 4.0

  1. Familiarity: Six in 10 respondents are “very” or “somewhat” familiar with the IIoT framework, while only 33% are familiar with the Industry 4.0 platform.
  2. Future funding: On average, respondents expect funding levels at their facilities to increase over the next year by 32% as a direct result of IIoT and Industry 4.0 discussions.
  3. Product areas: The top three product areas expected to improve as a result of IIoT and Industry 4.0 discussions are human-machine interface hardware, operator interface, control panels, alarms, annunciators, etc. (45% IIoT, 35% Industry 4.0); computers, industrial PCs, PC-based control (44%, 33%); and programmable logic controllers, programmable action controllers (40%, 37%).
  4. IIoT vs. Industry 4.0: Forty percent of respondents’ facilities are currently using elements of both IIoT and Industry 4.0, while 20% say IIoT better fits their situation, and 16% say the same of Industry 4.0.

Information integration

  1. Integrated levels: Seventeen percent of organizations’ manufacturing floors (Level 1) and advanced manufacturing control (Level 2) are highly integrated. Another 9% report Level 2 and enterprise (Level 3) to be highly integrated, and only 8% cite the same level of integration between Levels 1 and 3.
  2. Lack of integration: The most popular reasons for low levels of integration at respondents’ facilities are an unwillingness to assign resources/benefits are not recognized and the difficulty and cost of implementation.
  3. Benefits: Some benefits from recent integration projects include better support for decision making (47%), faster decision making (39%), and better control of resources (39%).
  4. Challenges: One in four respondents have found a lack of budget to be the top challenge when integrating operations, followed closely by confusion over project scope and/or benefits.

Access the full 2015 Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 & Information Integration report for additional findings.