Dan Miklovic of LNS Research just wrote a great blog about how the Forest Products, Pulp and Paper industry is – and should – be using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT – or IoT) to drive down costs and differentiate in their commodity market.
Industrial Internet of Things can make the difference in margins in these areas:
- Asset Management – predictive maintenance and preventing downtime.
- Quality – “being able to operate closer to specification” or what we have called “finding the golden batch”. This has a major impact on reducing warrantee claims
- Sales – being able to deliver proof of characteristics about the paper, packaging or other forest product because of the use of sensors along the process.
Mohawk Industries is a forward thinker in its use of IIoT – CIO Jana Kanyadan spoke at SAPPHIRENOW 2015 about their use of IoT and other technologies in their manufacturing processes for predictive quality and predictive maintenance. Mohawk is a leading global flooring company with $9 Billion in annual revenue, 34,000 employees and has to manage the complexities of 30 different flooring categories.
Using IIoT, Mohawk is aiming for these key benefits:
- Help reduce warranty cases by finding contributors to quality issue root causes – (Cost ↓)
- Help Mohawk quality and production managers to more easily and iteratively get integrated views of related data (Productivity ↑)
- Help to find issues which are not obvious to humans with deep manufacturing expertise (Productivity ↑)
Read Dan’s blog for more insights into the use of IIoT in the Forest Products, Paper and Packaging industries – and watch this space for more information about innovations from Mohawk and other thought leading companies.