Internet of things (IoT) is becoming a necessity in every industry. In today’s interconnected world, every industry is reaping the benefits of IoT in some way or the other. The applications of IoT are widespread as it can range from improving the operational efficiency to defining completely new lines of business.

Almost every industry is exploiting the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and the manufacturing industries have been implementing IoT concepts for more than 20 years. IIoT and edge computing have brought numerous possibilities and applications for businesses by offering improved efficiency and cost savings. However, framing a successful IoT strategy may look intricate considering the complex algorithms, a huge amount of data, and sizeable capital investment.

Interconnectivity and the self-regulation of machines help industries in reducing downtime, cutting costs, and maintaining competitive advantages in production. But achieving the goals requires a successful IoT strategy, as well as qualified human resources, such as programmers, security experts, and data analysts. Therefore, the right intersection between the digital world and the industrial world requires the right strategy, to begin with. Here are some tips to help you prepare your network for the IIoT.

Identify issues and set objectives

For the successful network implementation, begin with an assessment of system and operations. Tapping the potential of the IIoT requires a strong industrial Ethernet infrastructure as the foundation. The business should first access its needs in order to determine the purpose of investing in the IIoT. The objective could be anything from adding more operational flexibility to securing huge savings. However, whatever the goal is, it should be well-defined in order to outline a strategy and highlight the problems to tackle. Suppose, if excessive vibration and power fluctuation are causing compressors to fail unexpectedly, your initial hypothesis should look into it.

Your strategy should outline all possible IIoT network related issues, such the connectivity requirements, and environmental considerations. Think about whether you need wired or wireless components and the bandwidth you require. The final map of your network infrastructure will include all possible goals and devices on the network to help you monitor progress.

Ensure your network design meets industry standard

A solid network design always meets the best practices and standards in the industry. It is necessary to check that there are no built-in capabilities within the products that aren’t being used in the industry. Also, everything on the network should be appropriately segmented into zones for protection against cybersecurity breaches. In order to explore the new possibilities and overcome challenges that come with the IIoT, it is important to stay up-to-date. The use of wireless technology can enable an off-site workforce or remote monitoring systems. With the advantage of better connectivity that comes with the IIoT, companies have become more vulnerable to cybersecurity challenges. For this reason, it is vital to develop security mechanisms within each level of the network, including the devices.

Keep monitoring network changes

In case the initial hypothesis or the objectives you set earlier turns out to be weak, introduce additional variables or new sensors that can improve or even redefine the project. It is best to keep monitoring network as regular maintenance, assessments and audits help in timely addressing system failure. Moreover, calculate the financial benefits of the IIoT and work with the end users to identify the improvements resulting from your system.