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:

 

  1. Help reduce warranty cases by finding contributors to quality issue root causes – (Cost ↓)
  2. Help Mohawk quality and production managers to more easily and iteratively get integrated views of related data (Productivity ↑)
  3. 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.

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