Smart Manufacturing Sensors: Strategic Guidance for Anticipating the Demands of the IIoT

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1Q 2018 | IN-5039


Sensors Already Starting to Boom


Demand for data, and therefore sensors, has soared since the start of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolution. Even before that, manufacturers started to switch from analog to digital sensors to improve access to data, and approximately 70% have already made that switch. At first, the increase in the number of sensors applied to motion, position, environmental, and current sensors. Now, the types of sensors have started to vary further to include acoustic, ultrasonic, infrared, video, and industrial machine vision equipment. The demand for more and more varied sensors has boomed because manufacturers need them to support new use cases ranging from digital twins to digital products and process inspection and monitoring.

Several companies and visionaries saw this boom coming, which has meant that competition among industrial sensor suppliers has intensified. More industrial automation companies such as ABB, Emerson, Rockwell Automation, and Texas Instruments joined Analog Devices, Bosch, and Honeywell in supplying aftermarket sensors for their products. …

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