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IoT Strategies for B2B Design and Manufacturing in 2020

Implementation of IoT solutions in B2B Design and Manufacturing provides a series of benefits that ensure the reduction of operational costs and uninterrupted process. As technology moves forward, business owners get more software and hardware options to modernize and improve their business model. 

In this article, we are going to list some of the most effective strategies for the use of IoT in B2B Design and Manufacturing.

Product improvement

Thanks to the internet, we are capable of harvesting user data that can help us monitor their experience, resource consumption. As well as all other aspects of the client’s interaction with our product. If we analyze the acquired information, the results will give us guidelines for the improvement of our product. It’s a much faster and effective method to collect user data because it requires no additional engagement from our clients.

Data exchange with clients

It of paramount importance to keep your clients informed on the progress of your work. This allows clients to get personal insight regarding the status of their order. Giving you more space to focus on your objectives. A simple strategy you can implement includes enabling user-level access on a cloud-based server for your clients. Where they can inform on your progress or provide any necessary data.

Process flow management

Synchronizing production line tools and equipment allows real-time process monitoring. Furthermore, it will enable us to take appropriate measures to ensure a continuous process flow. Personal information also provides a platform for process improvement, allowing us to understand which aspects of our manufacturing process we can further automate, facilitate, or even dismiss. 

Network security

Interconnecting all of your devices can represent a somewhat security risk. However, your strategy is to keep your IoT network private, you’re reducing cyber threat risks to a minimum. If your process requires a third-party connection because you need to share or gather data from your clients. It is smart to use selective firewall settings and implement access-level restrictions. 

Warehouse maintenance

To keep your manufacturing process going, you should keep your warehouse stocked with essential components. IoT allows you to connect a series of sensors, barcode readers, and appropriate software to keep track of your warehouse supply status and order additional materials before your stock runs dry.

HR management

Effective manpower allocation is essential for the success of any enterprise. This is where IoT technology comes useful as a way to develop effective HR management. Anything from preventing process halts due to increased absenteeism to making informed layoff decisions is possible through the implementation of proper IoT solutions. You could also come up with the data necessary to increase production volume, but most importantly, IoT devices can even reduce the number of human workers in case you need to reduce expenses for future investment.

Reduce maintenance costs

Having the ability to maintain your equipment remotely reduces the loss of time it would take to handle matters manually. While mechanical malfunctions require a staff member on-site, multiple software issues could be resolved remotely. It’s not only cost-efficient to hire a third-party maintenance service that you can engage on-demand. But it’s also effective because you have a non-stop service you don’t have to manage or organize in any way.

Logistics

Simple GPS trackers and supporting software like Google Maps or some other specialized app are all you need to ensure a seamless distribution process. You can plan different routes, organize shipments, and receive real-time status of all your deliveries. This way, you can cut down logistics costs and enhance your supply-chain effectiveness

Resource consumption

Controlling lights, air-conditioning, and other resource-consumptive appliances can save you a lot of money in the long run. IoT technology allows us to manage these devices using our mobile phone so we can plan when the lights go off, control the central AC unit, or even activate or disengage security systems. Setting up a resource-saving protocol during lunch hours can save up to 10 per cent of our daily energy consumption. 

Process planning

Analyzing data such as shipment status, human resources, equipment efficiency, and numerous other operational aspects that IoT provides gives us a chance to plan our work process. We can make informed weekly plans and react to unplanned orders promptly. So we could avoid rejecting any client demands or failing to deliver on time.

Conclusion

These were some of the most compelling IoT strategies you could use to improve your business process. Keep in mind only to implement the strategies that have practical meaning for your company. Above all, keep your network secure, and protect your vital business data from third-party intruders. IoT devices provide all sorts of data and features, but it’s up to you to place all the pieces in the right order.

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