IoT Use Cases for Operations and Manufacturing


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As an Operations or Manufacturing Leader, You are Focused on Improving Performance and Agility In a World of Increasing Production and Operations Complexity, Reducing Risk and Ensuring Compliance

IoT Use Cases for Operations and Manufacturing


  • Asset and Material Tracking – Easily locate and monitor key assets (e.g. raw materials, final products, and containers) to optimize logistics, maintain inventory levels, prevent quality issues, and detect theft.

  • Connected Operations Intelligence – Connect disparate silos of operational data (e.g. manufacturing, supplier, and logistics) into unified, real-time visibility across heterogeneous systems, people and assets to make faster and better decisions and improve operational performance.

  • Unified Key Performance Indicators – Aggregate and contextualize data from isolated manufacturing systems and assets into actionable web and mobile applications that provide role-based views into key indicators, while also allowing drill-down into correlated data to diagnose problems more quickly and improve performance.

  • Real-Time Asset Health Monitoring – Minimize downtime and avoid potential equipment failures by enabling detailed monitoring of critical equipment condition and operating parameters to automatically trigger alerts and proactively initiate response from maintenance teams or OEM service networks when problems are detected.

  • Operations Management Improvements – Quickly improve how complex processes are monitored, managed, and optimized, and accelerate smart factory and Industry 4.0 initiatives, by extending existing equipment and ERP/MES systems with connectivity, interoperability, mobility, and crowd sourced intelligence.

Common IoT Metrics for Operations and Manufacturing:

  • Reduced write offs of from missing and damaged assets or stock

  • Improved product failure rate (e.g. MTBF, mean time between failure)

  • Reduced number of recalls, warning letters, and audits

  • Reduced manufacturing costs

  • Manufacturing cycle time; overall equipment effectiveness 

  • Improved equipment up-time and product quality

  • Product, asset, and equipment utilization rate


ATI Specialty Materials

ATI Specialty Materals is a world leader in the production of special alloys and steels for the aerospace, oil & gas, and medical industries.

ATI Specialty Materials selected ThingWorx as the manufacturing enterprise platform for rapidly delivering innovative applications to drive operational intelligence and decision support. ThingWorx provides a real-time layer that connects with their manufacturing, quality, maintenance, and ERP systems and allows them to rapidly create role based decision support “dashboards” and interactive applications.